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Herbert Spencer ATKINS

Regimental number2873
Place of birthCaterham, Surrey, England
ReligionChurch of England
Address17 Norfolk Street, Leederville, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 5.25"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinMother, Minnie Jane Rixon, 117 Landsdowne Street, Purley, Surrey, England
Enlistment date11 September 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name48th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Discharge date28 February 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 9 November 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 10 January 1917; marched in to 12th Training Bn, Codford, 11 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 May 1917; taken on strength, 48th Bn, in the field, 21 June 1917.

Wounded in action, 15 July 1917 (gun shot wound, left arm), and admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station; to 54th London General Hospital, 17 July 1917 (wound: severe); to England, 22 July 1917, and admitted to 1st Eastern General Hospital, Cambridge, 23 July 1917; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 20 September 1917; discharged on furlough, 26 September, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 10 October 1917.

Marched in to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 28 November 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 27 December 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 2 January 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 8 August 1918 (gun shot wound, thigh: slight), and admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 61st Casualty Clearing Station; to 32nd Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, 10 August 1918; to England, 17 August 1918, and admitted to Horton County of London War Hospital, Epsom (shrapnel wound, left leg: severe); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 7 October 1918; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 23 October 1918.

Found guilty, Monte Video Camp, Weymouth, of being absent without leave from 0001, 16 november, till 1530, 20 November 1918: admonished, and forfeited a total of 5 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 12 December 1918; disembarked Fremantle, 18 January 1919; discharged, Perth, 28 February 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ATKINS Herbert Spencer

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