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Bertie Edward THORNE

Regimental number5412
Place of birthFord's Bridge, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressTudor Street, Bourke, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 3"
Weight125 lbs
Next of kinFather, Willoughby Thorne, Tarcoon Street, Bourke, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 February 1916
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 9 March 1919
Discharge date9 June 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 5413 Pte Archie Hatteres THORNE, 18th Bn, returned to Australia, 19 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 22 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 13 October 1916, and taken on strength, No 3 Command Depot.

Marched in to 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, 4 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 December 1916; joined 18th Bn, in the field, 23 January 1917.

Admitted 7th Australian Field Ambulance, 8 October 1917 (trench feet); transferred to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 10 October 1917; discharged to duty, and rejoined Bn, 10 October 1917.

On leave from Belgium to the United Kingdom, 20 January 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 5 February 1918.

Wounded in action, 29 May 1918 (bomb wound, right knee: severe); admitted to 61st Casualty Clearing Station, 30 May 1918; transferred to 7th Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 31 May 1918; to England, 2 June 1918, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham (Monyhull Section); discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 27 June 1918.

Admitted to Brigade Hospital, 10 July 1918 (bomb wound, right knee); marched in to No 3 Command Depot from hospital, 16 July 1918.

Proceeded to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 20 August 1918.

Marched out to 2nd Training Brigade, Fovant, 26 August 1918.

Marched out to 15th Concentration Camp, Codford, 27 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Kashmir', 9 March 1919; arrived Melbourne, 23 April 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 9 June 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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