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William Robert D'ALTERA

Regimental number36
Date of birth--/02/1895
Place of birthChilwell, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMotor salesman
Address28 Ovens Street, Yarraville, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 10.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinW D'Altera, 28 Ovens Street, Yarraville, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentFootscray, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 7th Battalion
Promotion date: 12 March 1916

Lieutenant


Unit: 7th Battalion
Promotion date: 1 August 1916

Captain


Unit: 7th Battalion
Promotion date: 17 July 1917

FateReturned to Australia 10 April 1919
Discharge date30 July 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 25 April 1915 (gun shot wound, right wrist); transferred to Malta, 4 May 1915, and admitted to Convalescent Hospital, Tigne; discharged from hospital, 26 May 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to rejoin Bn, 3 July 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 10 July 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 13 November 1915 (septic leg); transferred to Convalescent Camp, Mudros, 11 November 1915; discharged to duty, 31 December 1915; rejoined Bn, 1 January 1916.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Promoted Corporal and Temporary Sergeant, 25 February 1916.

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, 12 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 31 March 1916.

Promoted Lieutenant, 1 August 1916.

Detached to 4th Army Signal School, 20 January 1917.

Admitted to 9th Casualty Clearing Station, 20 January 1917 (gonorrhoea), and transferred to Ambulance Train No 15; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 21 January 1917; discharged to duty, 9 March 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 49 days.

Rejoined Bn, in the field, 22 March 1917.

Admitted to 1/1 South Midland Division Casualty Clearing Station, 30 March 1917 (gonorrhoea, recurring: slight); transferred to 2nd Red Cross Hospital, Rouen, 2 April 1917; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 2 April 1917; discharged to Rest Camp, Havre, 7 May 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 39 days; rejoined Bn, in the field, 15 May 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 2 July 1917 (gonorrhoea), and transferred to 56th Casualty Clearing Station; to No 2 Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 2 July 1917; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 4 July 1917; discharged to Base Depot, 20 July 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 19 days; rejoined Bn, in the field, 28 July 1917.

Promoted Captain to complete establishment, 17 July 1917.

On leave to Paris, 17 November 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 11 November 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 25 November 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, while on leave, 5 December 1917; discharged, 15 March 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 101 days.

Readmitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, 15 March 1918 (cystitis); transferred to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, 26 March 1918; discharged, 12 April 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 April 1918; proceeded to join Bn, in the field, 2 May 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 6 July 1918 (gonorrhoea), and transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to 14th General Hospital, Wimereux, 7 July 1918; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 10 July 1918; discharged to England, 7 August 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 33 days.

Admitted to Grove Military Hospital, Tooting, 8 August 1917 (gonorrhoea); transferred to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 17 August 1918; discharged, 14 March 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 219 days.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 18 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Medic', 10 April 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 31 May 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), Melbourne, 30 July 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as DALTERA.
Date of death10 December 1925
Age at death30
SourcesNAA: B2455, D'ALTERA William Robert

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