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Thomas Alexander ABERLE

Regimental number4397
Place of birthNaracoorte, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationContractor
AddressMurray Bridge, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 10"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Alan John McDonald, Murray Bridge, South Australia
Enlistment date16 September 1916
Place of enlistmentAt sea
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 7 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 December 1918
Discharge date14 February 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 7 November 1916; admitted to ship's hospital, 12 December 1916 (date of discharged not recorded); admitted to ship's hospital, 6 January 1917; discharged, 17 February 1917; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917; admitted to Devonport Military Hospital, 10 January 1917 (sick: slight); marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 19 January 1917.

Marched in to No 8 Training Bn, Hurdcott, 21 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 5 April 1917; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 12 April 1917.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 19 May 1917 (scabies); transferred to 6th Field Ambulance, 20 May 1917; discharged to duty, 27 May 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 28 May 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 June 1917 (scabies), and transferred to 4th Scabies Station; to 6th Field Ambulance, 16 June 1917; discharged to duty, 19 June 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 27 June 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 9 November 1917 (gonorrhoea and scabies); transferred to No 10 Stationary Hospital, St Omer, 11 September 1917; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 12 September 1917; to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, 7 December 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 90 days.

Admitted to 39th General Hospital, 11 December 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 19 January 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 39 days.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 February 1918 (scabies), and transferred to 15th Australian Field Ambulance; discharged, 14 February 1918.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 30 May 1918 (gastritis), and transferred to 47th Casualty Clearing Station; to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 12 June 1918; to England, 13 June 1918, and admitted to No 2 Eastern General Hospital, Brighton, 14 June 1918; transferred to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 3 July 1918; discharged on furlough, 5 July 1918, to report to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 19 July 1918.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 10 August 1918.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 25 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Somerset', 4 December 1918 (medically unfit: dyspepsia); arrived Melbourne, 15 January 1919, for onward travel to Adelaide; discharged (medically unfit: not due to misconduct), Adelaide, 14 February 1919.

Total war service: 2 years 152 days (of which 2 years 71 days were abroad)

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 August 1953
SourcesNAA: B2455, ABERLE Thomas Alexander

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