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Matthew BLAKE

Regimental number243
Place of birthCooma, New South Wales
ReligionAtheist
OccupationLabourer
AddressRiverton, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation45.7
Height5' 8.5"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Thomas Collins, East-West Railway, near Tarcoola, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment 'for reasons unknown')
Enlistment date18 January 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1917
Discharge date19 April 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Runic', 20 February 1917; discharged (medically unfit: overage and alcoholic neuritis), Adelaide, 19 April 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BLAKE Matthew

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