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Robert John Edwin RANDELL

Regimental number3234
Place of birthManly, New South Wales
ReligionCongregational
OccupationClerk
AddressSydney Road, Manly, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5.5"
Weight117.5 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E M Randell, Sydney Road, Manly, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of teeth)
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Discharge date17 October 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 56th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 1 November 1916 (shell shock); rejoined Bn, 7 November 1916.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 5 December 1916 (sore feet); transferred to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 December 1916 (influenza); to England, 27 December 1916, and admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital, Cardiff, 28 December 1916; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 24 January 1917; discharged on furlough, 19 February 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 6 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 27 Ma 1917; rejoined 56th Bn, in the field, 22 June 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 14 September 1917.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 26 September 1917 (gun shot wound, right arm and shoulder), and admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, and transferred to 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station; to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 27 September 1917; to England, 30 September 1917, and admitted to 2nd Birmingham War Hospital, Northfield; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 15 October 1917; discharged on furlough, 18 October 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 4 November 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 10 November 1917; marched into Overseas Training Bn, Longbridge Deverill, 14 January 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 February 1918; rejoined 56th Bn, in the field, 21 February 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 1 August 1918.

Admitted to 12th Field Ambulance, 10 August 1918 (pyrexia); transferred to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 12 August 1918; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples, 26 August 1918 (influenza); discharged to Base Depot, Etaples, 25 September 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 October 1918.

Detached to Brigade School, 14 October 1918; rejoined Bn, 17 November 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 10 December 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 2 January 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 16 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Beltana', 2 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 19 July 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 17 October 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as RANDALL.
SourcesNAA: B2455, RANDELL Robert John Edwin

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