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Regimental number6503
Place of birthBunbury WA: POE Perth, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressDowerin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Height5' 8.25"
Weight153 lbs
Next of kinFather, William John Ecclestone, Boyanup, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 6 months in the Light Horse, South Africa (Boer War); discharged at war's end.
Enlistment date17 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT Port Macquarie on 13 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919
Discharge date10 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle on board HT 'Port Macquarie', 13 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 12 December 1916, and marched in to 4th Training Bn, Codford. Admitted to Codford Isolation Hospital, 13 December 1916 (gonorrhoea); transferred to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 23 December 1916; discharged, 29 January 1917, and marched in to 4th Training Bn same day. Total period of treatment for venereal disease: 48 days.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 April 1917; admitted to hospital, Etaples, 15 April 1917 (venereal disease); marched in to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 17 April 1917; total period of treatment: 3 days. Marched out to unit, 24 May 1917; taken on strength, 16th Bn, 25 May 1917.

Wounded in action, 27 September 1917 (gun shot wound, left thigh); admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 28 September 1917; transferred to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 28 September 1917; to 11th General Hospital, Camiers, and thence to England, 1 October 1917. Admitted to Reading War Hospital, 2 October 1917 (wound, left thigh and arm); transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 23 November 1917; discharged on furlough, 28 November 1917, to report to Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 12 December 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, while on furlough, 11 December 1917; discharged, 19 February 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 71 days. Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 20 February 1918. Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, 2 March 1918; discharged, 15 March 1918, and marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 14 days.

Marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 19 April 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 May 1918; rejoined Bn, 23 May 1918.

On leave, 5 December 1918; rejoined unit from leave, 21 December 1918.

Detached to 4th Field Company Technical School, 9 January 1919; rejoined unit from detachment, 19 February 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Konigin Luise', 21 June 1919; admitted to ship's hospital at sea, 25 June 1919; discharged to duty, 8 July 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 14 days; disembarked Fremantle, 3 August 1919; discharged, Perth, 10 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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