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Reginald Carlyle NELSON

Regimental number163
Date of birth9 June 1896
Place of birthKiama, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationStudent
AddressElsmere, Jamberoo, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.8
Height5' 7.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Nelson, Elsmere, Jamberoo, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date10 September 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistment2nd Corporal
Unit nameAustralian Flying Corps, No 1 Squadron, A Flight
AWM Embarkation Roll number8/4/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 16 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Flying Corps
FateReturned to Australia 25 March 1919
Discharge date27 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Admitted to Runcorn Cottage Auxiliary Hospital, 27 August 1916 (mumps and orchitis); discharged on furlough, 27 October 1916, to report to Perham Downs, 10 November 1916.

Marched out to No 3 Command Depot, Parkhouse, 14 November 1916.

Admitted to No 2 Auxiliary Hospital, 30 August 1917 (tonsilitis); discharged, 13 September 1917.

Attached to 29th Training Squadron for instruction in aviation, 14 September 1917.

Marched out to 73rd Squadron, 22 October 1917.

Graduated, and appointed Flying Officer (Pilot) and 2nd Lieutenant, 18 November 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 13 December 1917; discharged, 17 December 1917: total period of treatment for venereal disease: 5 days.

On Command at School of Aerial Gunnery, 21 February 1918.

Promoted Lieutenant, 18 February 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 6 April 1918.

Reported missing in action, 14 July 1918; subsequently reported prisoner of war, Germany.

Repatriated to England, arrived, 26 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Denison', 25 March 1919; arrived Melbourne, 10 May 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; appointment terminated (discharged), Sydney, 27 June 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II: enlisted, 22 October 1939; discharged, 5 December 1946, as 260365 Squadron Leader, East Area.
Miscellaneous detailsAddress incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Jumberoo, New South Wales.
SourcesNAA: B2455, NELSON Reginald Carlyle

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