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Regimental number3244
Place of birthClapham Common, London, England
Address214 Lord Street, East Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 5.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, I Van Der Velde, 25 Smithwold, Upper Clapton, London, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Postal Corps
FateReturned to Australia 15 February 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Final rank incorrectly recorded on Nominal Roll as Corporal.
Discharge date1 May 1918
Other details

Joined 11th Bn, Habieta, 2 March 1916, and reverted to the ranks on joining the Bn.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 3 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 30 May 1916 (penetrating gun shot wound, chest and stomach); admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 31 May 1916, and transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station (gun shot wound, stomach and leg); to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 2 June 1916; to England, 13 June 1916, and admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, 14 June 1916; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 28 September 1916.

Attached for duty to Army Postal Corps, London, 20 September 1916.

Admitted to Mount Pleasant Hospital, Southall, 17 October 1916 (gun shot wound, abdomen, right leg and right thigh); discharged from hospital to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 27 October 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 20 June 1917 (old gun shot wound, stomach).

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth for postal duties, 27 June 1917.

Found guilty, 8 October 1917, of, at Portland, 6 October 1917, being absent from Tattoo until apprehended by Military Police at 11.35 pm, 6 October: awarded 1 day's Field Punishment No 2, and forfeiture of a total of 3 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Llanstephen Castle', 15 February 1918; disembarked Fremantle, 8 April 1918; discharged, Perth, 1 May 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 March 1953

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