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Frederick Elms DONALDSON

Regimental number57685
Place of birthRockhampton, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
Address'Midway', Bogantungan, Central Line, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 9"
Weight135 lbs
Next of kinFather, R. Donaldson, 'Midway', Bogantungan, Central Line, Queensland
Previous military serviceSenior Cadets (12 months, since resided in exempt area)
Enlistment date26 April 1918
Place of enlistmentRockhampton, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameQueensland Reinforcement 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/111/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Orontes on 5 June 1918
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 22 November 1919
Age at death from cemetery records37
Place of burialAbbeville Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row J, Grave No. 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Isabella DONALDSON. Native of Brisbane, Queensland
Other details

War service: England.

Embarked Sydney, 5 June 1918; disembarked Liverpool, England, 11 August 1918; marched into 5th Training Bn, Fovant, 12 August 1918, and allotted to 25th Bn reinforcements the same day.

Transferred to 9th Bn reinforcements, 4 October 1918, and marched into 1st Training Bn, Sutton Veny, the same day.

Admitted to Group Clearing Hospital, Sutton Veny, 7 October 1918; transferred to Fargo Military Hospital, 16 October 1918 (influenza, and broncho pneumonia); discharged, 31 October 1918, and marched into 1st Training Bn, Sutton Veny, the same day.

Marched out to Assistant Provost Marshal, Westminster, 9 January 1919.

Marched out of 1st Training Bn, to Assistant Provost Marshal, Westminster, 15 February 1919.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 27 February 1919 (venereal disease); discharged, 1 June 1919, and marched into Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, the same day; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 95 days.

Marched out of Convalescent Training Depot, 10 June 1919; marched into No 1 Group, Longbridge Deverill, 11 June 1919.

Detached for duty with A.I.F. Depots, Tidworth, 12 June 1919.

Found guilty, 28 August 1919, of being absent without leave from 2359 hours, 18 August 1919, until 0900 hours, 28 August 1919: award, forfeits 20 days' pay, and total forfeiture of 30 days' pay.

Taken on strength of No 2 Group, 31 August 1919, but remains on duty at A.I.F. Depots.

Marched into No 2 Group, 28 October 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Aeneas', 22 November 1919; disembarked Sydney, 12 January 1920; discharged Brisbane (termination of period of enlistment), 6 February 1920.

Medal: British War Medal.
SourcesNAA: B2455, DONALDSON Frederick Elms

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