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Albert Edward ASHBY

Regimental number3316
Place of birthKent, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressMoora, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 4"
Weight116 lbs
Next of kinFather, A Ashby, Moora, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of decayed bone of leg).
Enlistment date24 October 1916
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 8
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/17/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 September 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll).
Discharge date25 November 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 442 Pte David ASHBY, 16th Bn, died of wounds, 30 June 1915.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 23 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 16 February 1917; marched in to Pioneer Training Bn, Larkhill, 18 February 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 June 1917.

Transferred to 12th Bn, 11 July 1917; taken on strength, 12th Bn, in the field, 21 August 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 12 October 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 30 October 1918.

Admitted to 'B' Divisional Ambulance, 19 May 1919, and transferred to 55th Casualty Clearing Station (venereal disease); to 56th General Hospital (date not recorded); to England, 14 June 1919, and admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 15 June 1919; discharged, 18 June 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 3 days.

Marched out to No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 1 August 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Plassy', 5 September 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 17 October 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 25 November 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ASHBY Albert Edward

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