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Matthew Henry SHARP

Regimental number363
Place of birthHitchin England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressVictoria Avenue, Claremont, Western Australia
Marital statusWidower
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 11.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sharp, Dorakin Nuns Close, Hitchin, Herts, England
Previous military serviceServed for 6.5 years in the 2nd Bn, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, British Army.
Enlistment date15 August 1914
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 31 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)No details of fate entered on Nominal Roll.
Discharge date18 February 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Promoted Corporal, 11 July 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 16 July 1915 (hernia); transferred to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 17 July 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 22 July 1915, and admitted to 12th General Hospital (hernia: severe); tramsferred to England, 26 July 1915, and admitted to King George's Hospital, Stamford Road, London, 7 August 1915.

Marched out from 3rd Training Bn, Perham Downs, for overseas, 25 July 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 9 August 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 9 October 1916 (sprained ankle), and transferred same day to 17th Casualty Clearing Station; to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 10 October 1916; to England, 13 October 1916, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, 15 October 1916; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 30 October 1916; discharged, 22 November 1916, and marched in to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, same day.

Admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 21 June 1918 (gastritis); discharged to duty, 27 June 1918; rejoined AIF Admin. Headquarters, London, 28 June 1918.

Granted 75 days' leave in England with pay,

Married Winifred Mary POTTER, spinster, aged 23, Kilburn Wesleyan Church, Quex Road, London, 7 June 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 9 December 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 19 January 1920; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Perth, 18 February 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHARP Matthew Henry

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