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Wilfred Hastings CANE

Regimental number3524
Place of birthArdrossan, South Australia
AddressArdrossan, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 7.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ada Emma Cane, Ardrossan, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 January 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 12 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 January 1919
Discharge date13 July 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 12 August 1916, and promoted to V.O. Sergeant the same day; disembarked Plymouth, 30 September 1916, and marched into 8th Training Bn, Hurdcott, the same day.

Reverts to the rank of Private, 1 October 1916, and then promoted Extra Duty Pay Sergeant the same day.

On Command at Musketry School, Tidworth, 6 November 1916; rejoined 8th Training Bn, Hurdcott, 1 December 1916.

Reverts to the rank of Private, 5 December 1916, and then promoted Extra Duty Pay Corporal the same day.

Reverts to the rank of Private, 24 January 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 June 1917; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Le Havre, 19 June 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 25 June 1917; taken on strength of 32nd Bn, 1 July 1917.

On leave to Paris, 20 January 1918; rejoined unit, 29 January 1918.

Admitted to No 14 Australian Field Ambulance, 3 February 1918, and transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station the same day (venereal disease: gonorrhoea); to No 28 Ambulance Train, 5 February 1918; to No 39 General Hospital, Le Havre, 8 February 1918; discharged, and marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 12 April 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 24 April 1918; rejoined 32nd Bn, 28 April 1918.

Wounded in action, 15 June 1918, and admitted to No 5 Australian Field Ambulance the same day (shrapnel wound, right thigh); transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, no date stated; to No 8 General Hospital, Rouen, 18 June 1918; to England, 3 August 1918; to No 4 Canadian General Hospital, Basingstoke, 4 August 1918; to No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 23 October 1918; discharged and marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 26 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Morvada', 4 January 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 18 February 1919; discharged Adelaide (medically unfit: gunshot wound, right thigh), 13 July 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 December 1961
SourcesNAA: B2455, CANE Wilfred Hastings

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