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James Leonard ASHBY

Regimental number2552
Place of birthGoodwood, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBushman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19.7
Height5' 8.5"
Weight116 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Edgar Ashby, Texas, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on account of chest measurement)
Enlistment date3 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 August 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Unit name18th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 4 May 1917
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Louisa ASHBY; Wife: Mary Aileen ASHBY
Discharge date17 August 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 3rd Bn, 14 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Accidentally injured, loading trucks, Bailleul Railway Station, 10 July 1916 (fracture, lower jaw: severe; soldier not in any way to blame), and admitted to 13th Stationary Hospital; transferred to England, 13 July 1916, and admitted to Mill Bank Military Hospital; discharged to No 3 Camp Details Company, Weymouth, 3 October 1916.

Marched in to 1st Training Bn, Perham Downs, 4 October 1916.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Miltiades', 4 May 1917; arrived Sydney, 4 July 1917; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 17 August 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
Date of death17 December 1927 Corinda, Queensland
Age at death31
Place of burialToowong Cemetery (Grave No. F2/160), Queensland
SourcesNAA: B2455, ASHBY James Leonard

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