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Walter Pretty ODELL

Regimental number2128
Place of birthBeechworth, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil servant
AddressLands Department, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 11.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr James Odell, Bairnsdale, Victoria
Previous military service4th Battalion, West Australian Infantry (4 years)
Enlistment date24 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 March 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name51st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/68/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 9 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1917
Discharge date27 December 1917
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 9 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 September 1916; marched into 13th Training Bn, Rollestone, 26 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 December 1916; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, 5 December 1916, and reverts to the rank of Private.

Admitted to No 26 General Hospital, Etaples, 20 December 1916 (influenza); transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 10 January 1917 (laryngitis); to No 5 Convalescent Depot, Cayeux, 17 January 1917; discharged and marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 17 February 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 24 February 1917; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, in the field, 25 February 1917.

Admitted to No 8 Australian Field Ambulance, 10 April 1917 (debility); transferred to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 11 April 1917; to No 56 Casualty Clearing Station, 13 April 1917; to No 23 Ambulance Train, 14 April 1917; to No 32 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 15 April 1917; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 24 April 1917; to No 10 Convalescent Depot, Ecault, 26 April 1917; to No 3 Rest Camp, 24 May 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 4 June 1917.

To England, 19 June 1917 (tuberculosis, fit for permanent base duties); marched into No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 20 June 1917 and classified Class C.1. the same day

Detached to 12th Training Bn, Codford, 27 June 1917.

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, Codford, 3 August 1917 (scabies); marched into 12th Training Bn, Codford, 8 August 1917.

Marched into No 2 Command Depot from No 4 Command Depot, 6 September 1917 (Class C.3).

Marched into No 4 Command Depot, Weymouth, 21 September 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 19 October 1917; disembarked Fremantle, 5 December 1917; discharged Perth (medically unfit: debility, dilated heart), 27 December 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 May 1936
SourcesNAA: B2455, ODELL Walter Pretty

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