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Raymond Lewis BOTTEN

Regimental number2889
Place of birthHindmarsh, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBlacksmith's striker
AddressBrompton, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 4.25"
Weight113 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Florence Emily Botten, Port Road, Brompton, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date3 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 11 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Discharge date19 December 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 14 June 1916 (broken arm); transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 14 June 1916 (fractured radius); discharged to Hospital Ship, 7 July 1916; embarked Alexandria, 7 July 1916; admitted to Tooting Military Hospital (date not recorded); discharged, and marched in to 8th Training Bn, Tidworth, 22 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 September 1916; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 30 September 1916.

Admitted to 5th Army Rest Camp, 10 June 1917; rejoined Bn, 24 June 1917.

On Special Leave to England, 23 August 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 7 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 2 February 1918 (gun shot wound, right arm), and admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 3 February 1918; to Ambulance Train No 28, 5 February 1918, and admitted to 25th General Hospital, Hardelot; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 7 March 1918; to No 10 Convalescent Depot, Ecault, 14 March 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 10 May 1918.

On leave to England, 7 November 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 1 December 1918.

Married Emily CHALLEN, spinster, aged 20, The Register Office, Wandsworth, London, 16 November 1918.

Attached to 5th Division Headquarters, 21 March 1919; rejoined Bn, 9 April 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 17 April 1919; marched in to No 5 Group, Weymouth, 24 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 10 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 August 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 19 December 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 May 1933
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

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