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Regimental number1656
Date of birth4 May 1892
Place of birthMudgee, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGulgong, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 10.5"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinFather, William George Rusten, Tallewang Road, Gulgong, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 August 1915
Place of enlistmentLithgow, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Discharge date13 September 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1654 Pte John Wright RUSTEN, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, died of wounds, 10 July 1918; 524 Pte Albert Patrick RUSTEN, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 11 May 1919; 1655 Gunner William John RUSTEN, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 22 May 1919.~
Other details

War service: embarked from Sydney, 18 November 1915. With Artillery Details, Maadi, Egypt, 27 December 1915. Taken on strength, 25th Howitzer Brigade, 27 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 June 1916. Transferred to 13th Field Artillery Brigade, 9 July 1916.

On leave to England, 20 January-9 February 1917. Sick to hospital, 16 October 1917; discharged to duty, 27 October 1917. On leave in England, 13-31 July 1918. Transferred to Brigade Headquarters, 6 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia from Liverpool on board 'Durham', 22 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 22 July 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 13 September 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 July 1922
Age at death30
Place of burialGulgong Cemetery, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, RUSTEN Joseph

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