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William Rupert SUMMERBELL

Regimental number220
Date of birth7 June 1874
Place of birthNeutral Bay, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMarine engineer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinMiss Elsie Summerbell, 210 Falem Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in submarine miners.
Enlistment date7 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit name1st Field Company Engineers
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/20/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Company Engineers
FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1916
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date30 October 1916
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, England

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 3 March 1915.

Admitted to hospital, Mudros, 7 October 1915; transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, 16 October 1915. Transferred to England, 4 November 1915, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 11 November 1915 (chronic diarrhoea and rheumatism).

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Themistocles', 8 May 1916; discharged, 30 October 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Miscellaneous detailsReal age at enlistment was 40.
Date of death5 July 1953
Age at death79
Place of burialCremated: ashes interred at Botany Cemetery, New South Wales

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