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Richard Henry BESSEN

Regimental number370
Place of birthPort Germein, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPort Germein, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24.5
Height5' 6"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinFather, H A Bessen, Tambellup, Western Australia
Previous military serviceMember for 2 years, Tambellup Rifle Club, Western Australia,
Enlistment date19 October 1914
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A52 Surada on 17 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 November 1917
Discharge date20 June 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Themistocles', 5 November 1917; discharged (medically unfit: paresis, leg and right foot), Perth, 20 June 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 June 1969
Place of burialFremantle Cemetery, Western Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BESSEN Richard Henry

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