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William Henry BOOTH

Regimental number2295
Place of birthMt Gambier, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressMt Gambier, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 2"
Weight123 lbs
Next of kinCousin, Mrs Agnes Slater, Merghiny, West Coast, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected on account of eyesight)
Enlistment date1 October 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 6 April 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date9 November 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 47th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 29 April 1916.

Admitted to 12th Field Ambulance, 12 May 1916 (influenza); discharged to duty, 19 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 2 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.

Transferred to 4th Division Salvage Company, 17 July 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 5 September 1916 (myalgia); transferred to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 7 September 1916 (wound, left ear, and pleurisy); to England, 7 September 1916, and admitted to 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton, 8 September 1916 (pleurisy: mild); transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 16 January 1917; discharged on furlough, 10 February 1917, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 26 February 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Themistocles', 6 April 1917; arrived Melbourne, 2 July 1917, for onward travel to Adelaide; discharged (medically unfit: amblyopia), Adelaide, 9 November 1917.

War service: 2 years 40 days (of which 1 year 100 days was abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death13 October 1938
Age at death51
Place of burialMt Gambier Cemetery, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BOOTH William Henry

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