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Douglas George BISHTON

Regimental number2443
Place of birthDevonport, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressEast Devonport, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 4.75"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emma Bishton, East Devonport, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 July 1915
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 24 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal


Recommendation date: 21 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 24 August 1918
Medals

Meritorious Service Medal

'Sergeant BISHTON has acted in the capacity of Battalion Orderly Room Clerk for a period of 6 months, displaying great ability and devotion to duty. He has always shown great willingness in his work which necessitated long hours. In the absence of the Adjutant, he has displayed great tact and forthought in dealing with matters which required immediate action. He has now returned to Australia with heart trouble.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Discharge date15 November 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, A&NZ Advanced Base, Mudros, 4 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 6 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation), 6 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 23 July 1916 (gun shot wound, knee, right hand); admitted to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, 26 July 1916; transferred to Ambulance Train, 26 July 1916, and admitted to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 27 July 1916; transferred to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, 2 August 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 1 September 1916.

Appointed Temporary Corporal, 10 April 1917; Corporal, 10 April 1917.

On leave to Paris, 14 September 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 18 September 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 9 January 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 27 January 1918.

Appointed Lance Sergeant, 12 February 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 19 June 1918 (influenza), and transferred same day to 18th Casualty Clearing Station; to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 20 June 1918; to England, 23 June 1918 (valvular disorder of the heart), and admitted to Colchester Military Hospital, 24 June 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 5 July 1918; discharged on furlough, 10 July 1918, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 24 July 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Medic', 24 August 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 11 October 1918, for onward travel to Tasmania; discharged (medically unfit: valvular disorder of the heart), Hobart, 15 November 1918.

Medals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death8 June 1919
Age at death31
Place of burialSaint Paul's Cemetery, Devonport, Tasmania
SourcesNAA: B2455, BISHTON Douglas George

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