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George Summers RICKABY

Regimental number21403
Place of birthPort Rickaby, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressStanthorpe, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 9.5"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, T Rickaby, Port Vincent, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name9th Field Artillery Brigade, Brigade Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36A/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 12 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Margaret RICKABY
Discharge date19 July 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 11 May 1916; admitted to ship's hospital, 10 June 1916 (venereal disease); discharged from ship's hospital, 18 June 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 9 days; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 July 1916.

Admitted to hospital, 13 December 1916 (bronchitis); rejoined unit, 15 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 December 1916.

Transferred to 3rd Division Artillery Details, 6 January 1917.

Transferred to 12th Field Artillery Brigade, 4 February 1917, and posted to 46th Battery, 9 February 1917.

Appointed Saddler, 1 June 1917.

Admitted to 50th Field Ambulance, 8 July 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, 9 July 1917; to 53rd General Hospital, Boulogne, 10 July 1917 (trench fever); to 3rd Stationary Hospital, Rouen, Rouen, 25 July 1917; to Base Depot, 26 July 1917; to 11th Convalescent Depot, Buchy, 27 July 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 21 August 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, Belgium, 4 September 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 30 October 1917; admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, while on leave, 5 November 1917 (venereal disease); discharged, 29 January 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 86 days.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 29 January 1918 (debility); discharged, 19 February 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kenilworth Castle', 12 March 1918 (debility); transshipped to 'Field Marshall, Durban, South Africa, 23 April 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 22 May 1918, for onward travel to Brisbane; discharged (medically unfit), 19 July 1918.

War service: 2 years 317 days (of which 2 years 12 days were abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Cause of death: tuberculosis
Date of death13 December 1926
Age at death44
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, RICKABY George Summers

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