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Regimental number4783
Place of birthMornington, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 7"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Catherine Ricketts, Mornington, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 January 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll21st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 July 1917
Date of death11 July 1919
Age at death from cemetery records36
Place of burialMornington Cemetery (Portion Presbyterian, Grave No. 120), Victoria
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Sarah RICKETTS; husband of Mrs C. RICKETTS Plaque in Garden of Remembrance, Victoria.
Discharge date16 November 1917
Other details

War service: Western Front

Marched into 6th Training Bn, Rollestone, England, 11 August 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 September 1916; marched into 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 17 September 1916.

Proceeded to unit, 28 September 1916; taken on strength of 21st Bn, Belgium, 28 September 1916.

Admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance, 23 December 1916; discharged to duty from Australian Corps Rest Station, 23 January 1917; rejoined unit, 24 January 1917.

Admitted to No 13 Australian Field Ambulance, 29 January 1917 (chronic cardiac failure and bronchitis); transferred to No 45 Casualty Clearing Station, 30 January 1917; to No 5 Ambulance Train, no date stated; to No 9 General Hospital, Rouen, 7 February 1917; to England, 7 February 1917, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 8 February 1917; boarded as permanently unfit, 11 March 1917; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 19 March 1917; discharged, 15 July 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Kanowna', 16 July 1917; had severe anginal attack, 30 June 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 16 July 1917; discharged, Melbourne (medically unfit: mitral stenosis), 16 November 1917

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RICKETTS John

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