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Alton CHATWIN

Regimental number1822
Place of birthBurnie, Tasmania
ReligionMethodist
OccupationButcher
AddressLadbrook Street, Burnie, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinMother, Hannah Chatwin, Ladbrook Street, Burnie, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed for 'about 2 years' in Burnie Rangers.
Enlistment date26 January 1915
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 19 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Division Train
FateReturned to Australia 5 April 1919
Discharge date11 August 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3583 Pte William Raymond CHATWIN, 15th Bn, killed in action, 31st December 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 12th Bn, Gallipoli, 25 May 1915.

Admitted to 1st Field Ambulance, 5 December 1915 (diarrhea), and transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Mudros; rejoined unit, 15 December 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 6 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 52nd Bn, 1 March 1916.

Appointed Driver, 12 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Admitted to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 25 December 1916; discharged to Base Depot, 7 February 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 73 days.

Admitted to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 14 March 1917 (venereal disease); discharged to Base Depot, 29 March 1917; total period of treatment for gonorrhea: 16 days; rejoined unit, in the field, 6 April 1917.

Admitted to 3/2 West Lancashire Field Ambulance, 17 June 1917 (accidental injury), and transferred to 52nd Casualty Clearing station; discharged to duty, 26 June 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 12 July 1917.

Tried by Field General Court Martial, 6 July 1917, on charges of (1) When on Active Service forcing a soldier when acting as a sentinel; (2) When on Active Service drunkenness; found guilty: awarded 90 days' Field Punishment No 2; 50 days of sentence remitted; forfeited 57 days' pay.

On leave to United Kingdom, 11 January 1918; rejoined unit, 28 January 1918.

Found guilty, 13 April 1918, of being absent from billet without leave from 7.15 pm to 9.15 pm: awarded 14 days? Field Punishment No 2.

Transferred to 51st Bn, 16 May 1918.

Transferred to 4th Divisional Train, 10 November 1918, and taken on strength of 27th Company.

Transferred to 7th Company, 4th Divisional Train, 18 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Armagh', 5 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 18 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Hobart, 11 August 1919.

War service: 4 years 198 days (of which 4 years 66 days were abroad).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CHATWIN Alton

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