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Wilfred Arthur CAMPBELL

Regimental number528
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
Address1 Garfield Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 8.5"
Weight182 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Campbell, 1 Garfield Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve; 'left to work in the country'.
Enlistment date8 August 1916
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 4, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/9/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 16 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 February 1919
Discharge date28 March 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 15 December 1916; admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 5 January 1917; discharged from ship's hospital, 6 January 1917 (no further details recorded); disembarked Devonport, England, 16 February 1917; marched into Machine Gun Training Depot, Belton Park, 24 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 October 1917; taken on strength, 7th Machine Gun Company, in the field, 16 October 1917.

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 7 November 1917 (laryngitis); transferred to 89th Field Ambulance, 13 November 1917, and thence to 6th Field Ambulance; rejoined unit, in the field, 15 November 1917.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 8 December 1917 (pyrexia unknown origin); transferred to 10th Field Ambulance, 15 December 1917; to 11th Field Ambulance, 20 December 1917; discharged to duty, 21 December 1917.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 23 June 1918 (scabies); discharged to duty, 28 June 1918.

Wounded in action, 3 October 1918 (gun shot wound, right thigh), and admitted to 6th Field Ambulance; transferred same day to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 8, 4 October 1918, and admitted to 72nd General Hospital, Trouville; transferred to England, 10 October 1918, and admitted to Bath War Hospital, 12 October 1918; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 28 November 1918; discharged on furlough, 8 January 1919, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 22 January 1919.

Married Daisy Emily DIXIE, spinster, aged 25, St Luke's Parish Church, Southampton, 11 March 1919.

Found guilty, 8 April 1919, of being absent without leave from 2359, 5 April, to 1700, 6 April 1919: awarded forfeiture of 1 day's pay; total forfeiture: 2 days' pay.

Granted leave, 29 April 1919, pending recall for return to Australia.

Commenced return to Australia in board HT 'Themistocles', 22 February 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 February 1920; discharged (medically unfit), Tasmania, 28 March 1920.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CAMPBELL Wilfred Arthur

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