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Harold ASHTON

Regimental number817
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressMaitland Road, Islington, Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, T Ashton, Maitland Road, Islington, Newcastle, New South Wales
Enlistment date25 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Discharge date19 April 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 22 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 13 October 1916, and admitted to 4th Southern General Hospital (mumps).

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 November 1916.

Admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Etaples, 4 December 1916 (swollen feet); discharged to Base Depot, 7 December 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 8 December 1916 (influenza); discharged to Base Depot, 14 December 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, 3 January 1917 (pyrexia, unknown origin); discharged to Base Depot, 21 January 1917.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, 5 February 1917 (feet); transferred to England, 17 February 1917, and admitted to Beaufort War Hospital, 20 February 1917; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 27 February 1917 (chronic oedenia of feet); discharged on furlough, 5 March 1917, to report to No 4 Command Depot, Wareham, 20 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 September 1917; joined 2nd Bn, in the field, 11 September 1917.

Accidentally wounded 22 September 1917 (bayonet wound, left hip: severe); admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 23 September 1917, and transferred to 10th Casualty Clearing Station; to 35th General Hospital, Calais, 23 September 1917; to England, 28 September 1917, and admitted to Suffolk Hospital, Ampton Hall, 29 September 1917; discharged on furlough, 3 December 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 17 December 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 January 1918; rejoined 2nd Bn, in the field, 9 May 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 12 September 1918 (laryngitis), and transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station; to 41st Stationary Hospital, 13 September 1918 (dysentery); to 25th Stationary Hospital, 18 September 1918; to England, 27 September 1918, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, 28 September 1918; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 8 November 1918; discharged on furlough, 12 November 1918, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 26 November 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Nestor', 12 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 1 February 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; discharged (medically unfit), Sydney, 19 April 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSee other entry for first period of service.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ASHTON Harold

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