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Regimental number817
Place of birthNewcastle, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMaitland Road, Islington, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Ashton, Maitland Road, Islington, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 18 months in 39th Company, Field Engineers, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRandwick, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A23 Suffolk on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Enlisted twice
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Wounded in action, 25-28 April 1915 (gun shot wound, slight); admitted to Government Hospital, Alexandria, 1 May 1915; rejoined Bn at Gallipoli, 17 May 1915.

Admitted to HS 'Gascon', 12 July 1915 (influenza); transferred to Malta, and admitted to Tigne Hospital, 18 July 1915; transferred to England, 2 August 1915, and admitted to Hampstead Military Hospital, 22 August 1915; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 13 September 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Portland on board HT 'Runic', 7 November 1915
Miscellaneous detailsSee other entry for second period of service.
Date of death31 July 1971
SourcesNAA: B2455, ASHTON Harold

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