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Regimental number1901
Place of birthLancashire, England
AddressGPO, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 10"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Martha Ashworth, Waterfoot, Lancashire, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 20 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 October 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Martha ASHWORTH
Discharge date28 January 1921
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 16th Bn, Gallipoli, 17 June 1915.

Admitted to Casualty Clearing Station, Imbros, 8 July 1915 (hydrocele); transferred to 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, Mudros; transferred to Base, 23 July 1915; to School Hospital, Port Said, 27 July 1915 (hydrocele); to Convalescent Camp, Cairo, 9 August 1915; discharged from 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital, 26 April 1916 (rheumatism).

Proceeded to England (details not recorded).

Admitted to 11th Brigade Field Hospital, Larkhill, 22 September 1916 (abrasions to head); discharged to unit, 24 September 1916.

Found guilty, Rollestone, 6 April 1917, of being absent without leave from 9 am parade, 1 April, till apprehended by Military Police in London at about 9 pm, 3 April 1917: awarded 3 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 6 days' pay; total forfeiture: 9 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 July 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 27 July 1917.

On leave, 11 December 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 30 December 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 July 1918 (gun shot wound, right arm), and admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station; to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 5 July 1918; transferred to England, 10 July 1918, and admitted to 5th Southern General Hospital, Portsmouth, 11 July 1918 (fractured right arm: severe); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 8 August 1918; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 15 August 1918.

Married Johanna LORD, spinster, aged 21, Anglican Church, Lamb-in-Rossendale, Lancaster (date unclear).

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Borda', 21 October 1918; disembarked Adelaide, 15 December 1918; discharged (medically unfit), Adelaide, 28 January 1921.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death1 October 1937
Age at death52
Place of burialAIF Cemetery, West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, ASHWORTH Ernest

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