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Eric Tasman DAKIN

Regimental number1972
Place of birthZeehan, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelephone mechanic
Address284 Argyle Street, North Hobart, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6"
Weight131 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ella Dakin, Melbourne Road, North Geelong, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 5 years in Cadets and Militia; at time of AIF enlistment serving in the 92nd (Derwent) Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date28 August 1914
Place of enlistmentPontville, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Battery 9
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 8 August 1916
Discharge date5 February 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 4 April 1915.

Transferred to Base for dental work, 25 July 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 6 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 22 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 March 1916.

Admitted to Lahore Stationary Hospital, 30 March 1916 (colitis); listed as 'seriously ill: appendicitis), 1 April 1916; transferred to 2nd General Hospital, and then to No 2 British General Hospital, 7 June 1916; to England, 10 June 1916, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 11 June 1916 (influenza); discharged on furlough, 13 July 1916, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 21 July 1916.

Commenced return to Australia from Portland, England, on board HT 'Marathon' for discharge (appendicitis), 8 August 1916; discharged (medically unfit), Tasmania, 2 January 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death5 April 1973
Place of burialCornelian Bay Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, DAKIN Eric Tasman

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