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Stewart Leigh EARL

Regimental number2404
Place of birthMoorabool, Victoria
AddressBannockburn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 9.5"
Weight171.5 lbs
Next of kinFather, Joseph Earl, Bannockburn, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment on grounds of rash on leg)
Enlistment date1 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 May 1916
Place of enlistmentGeelong, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name46th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/63/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney on 7 September 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2404A
Rank from Nominal RollLance Sergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll46th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 25 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 16 March 1919

Military Medal

'For a very gallant conduct and leadership during the exploitation of final objective during the operations West of BELLENGLISE on 18th/19th September, 1918. He led his platoon with great dash and determination over open machine gun swept area to support Right flank of attacking Company. His action was of great value and was largely responsible for the success of the operation. His courage and utter disregard for personal safety was very remarkable.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Discharge date4 August 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3597 Edward William EARL, died of disease, 28 July 1917.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Admitted to Fovant Military Hospital, 8 November 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged, 1 December 1916 (mumps); marched in to 12th Training Bn, 2 December 1916.

Found guilty, 18 January 1917, of being absent without leave from 2400, 15 January, to 1930, 17 January 1917: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited a total of 7 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 February 1917; taken on strength, 46th Bn, 12 February 1917.

Allotted letter 'A' to regimental number owing to duplication.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 22 July 1917.

Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 23 July 1917 (right hernia), and transferred to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Hazebrouck, 23 July 1917; to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 26 July 1917; to Base Depot, 28 July 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field 23 August 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 4 October 1917.

Appointed Lance Sergeant, 30 October 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 24 January 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 10 February 1918.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 4 June 1918.

Wounded in action, 19 September 1918 (gun shot wound, head and thigh), and admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance and transferred to 12th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 16, 19 September 1918, and admitted to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 20 September 1918; transferred to England, 24 September 1918, and admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, 25 September 1918; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 17 November 1918; discharged on furlough, 30 December 1918, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 13 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Czaritza', 16 March 1919; transshipped to HT 'Dunluce Castle' at Alexandria; disembarked Melbourne, 15 May 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 4 August 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death6 September 1922
Place of burialBannockburn Cemetery, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, EARL Stewart Leigh

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