Regimental number120
Place of birthCork, Ireland
ReligionChurch of England
Address14 Majore Street, Hawthorn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 6"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A R Atkins, 14 Majore Street, Hawthorn, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the State School Cadets.
Enlistment date22 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 October 1918
Discharge date31 January 1919
Other details

Embarked from Australian with 5th Bn, 21 October 1914. Embarked on board H.T 'Novian', to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli Campaign, Alexandria, 5 April 1915. Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance (hand dressed) 18 August 1915; returned to duty 18 August 1915. Disembarked from Anzac on board SS 'Empress of Britain', Alexandria, 7 January 1916.

Proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, Alexandria, 25 March 1916; disembarked, Marseilles, 30 March 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, France, 7 April 1916 (influenza); returned to duty, 10 April 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, Belgium, 13 April 1916 (appendicitis). Admitted to 4th Casualty Clearing Station, 14 July 1916. Admitted to 1st General Hospital, Rouen, 18 July 1916.

Embarked for England on board Hospital Ship 'Lanfranc', Havre, 23 July 1916. Admitted to 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol, 24 July 1916 (severe appendicitis). Transferred to Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Southall, 24 July 1916 (appendectomy).

Taken on strength, 2nd Australian Command Depot, Weymouth, 15 September 1916; transferred to 65th Bn, 29 March 1917; promoted Corporal, 1 May 1917; marched out to 63rd Draft Bn, 19 September 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France via Southampton, 9 October 1917; taken on Strength, 5th Bn, 17 October 1917. Leave taken in Paris, 9 February 1918 to 17 February 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 18 May 1918 (sick). Admitted to 17 Casualty Clearing Station, 18 May 1918; returned to duty, 24 May 1918.

Embarked for Australia as part of 1914 personnel special leave, via Italy (Taranto), 8 October 1918. Disembarked from HT 'Port Sydney', at Melbourne, 2 December 1918; discharged, Melbourne, 31 January 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ATKINS Ernest