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Basil PRESTON

Regimental number50297
Place of birthArmidale, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMechanic
Marital statusMarried
Height6' 0"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Adelaide Phyllis Preston, 'Bungarrabie', Uralla, Armidale, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 10 years in the Militia.
Enlistment date30 August 1917
Place of enlistmentArmidale, New South Wales
Unit nameGeneral Service Reinforcements (New South Wales), Egypt
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 10 June 1918
FateReturned to Australia 4 March 1919
Discharge date15 June 1919
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War service: Egypt

Embarked Sydney, 10 June 1918, on board HMAT 'Wiltshire', in General Service Reinforcements (New South Wales), Egypt; disembarked Suez, 17 July 1918, and marched into Central Training Depot, Moascar.

Appointed Corporal, 18 July 1918; reverted to Trooper, 24 August 1918.

Allotted to 1st Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, 23 August 1918. Marched out to Engineers Training Unit, 29 August 1918.

Taken on strength, 1st Squadron, AFC, 5 September 1918: rated as 3rd Class Air Mechanic, pay 8/- per diem, trade Motor Transport Driver.

Commenced return to Australia from Kantara on board HT 'Port Sydney', 4 March 1919; disembarked Sydney, 21 April 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 15 June 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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