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Regimental number3652
Place of birthNottingham, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 8"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinFather, F Hardcastle, 18 Sherwood Road, Worksop, Nottingham, England
Previous military serviceNil (previously deferred on account of eyesight)
Enlistment date10 March 1917
Place of enlistmentNaracoorte, South Australia
Unit name48th Battalion, 10th Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne on 16 July 1917
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919
Discharge date19 March 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 16 July 1917; disembarked Liverpool, England, 16 September 1917; marched in to 12th Training Bn, Codford, 17 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 18 December 1917; taken on strength, 43rd Bn, in the field, 14 December 1917.

Wounded in action, 12 August 1918 (gun shot wound, arm and leg), and admitted to 53rd Field Ambulance, and transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 23, 13 August 1918, and transferred to 47th General Hospital; to England, 16 August 1918, and Kitchener War Hospital, Brighton, 17 August 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 26 August 1918; discharged to Littlemore Camp, Weymouth, 28 August 1918.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 9 October 1918.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Sutton Veny, 24 October 1918 (influenza); discharged to No 1 Command Depot, 19 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'City of York', 14 January 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 24 February 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 19 March 1919.

War service: 2 years 10 days (of which 1 year 244 days was abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medal stamps marked 'Returned 3.3.24'.
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARDCASTLE Rudolph

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