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Regimental number1701
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address72 Lang Street, South Yarra, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24.8
Height5' 3.5"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinFather, Charles Attfield, 72 Lang Street, South Yarra, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date22 December 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 14 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateDied January 1916
Place of burialOld Cairo War Cemetery, Egypt
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Taken on strength, 5th Bn, Gallipoli, 5 May 1915.

Wounded in action, 26 May 1916 (gun shot wound, back and left hand: slight); admitted to 17th General Hospital, Alexandria, 31 May 1915; transferred to Convalescent Hospital, 3 June 1915; discharged to Base Depot, Mustapha, 3 July 1915; rejoined Bn at Gallipoli, 9 July 1915.

Admitted to Hospital Ship, Mudros, 2 August 1915 (gastro-enteritis); transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 7 August 1915; discharged to Base Details, 18 August 1915.

Declared an Illegal Absentee, 27 February 1919.

Discharged from the AIF in consequence of being Illegally Absent, 21 July 1920.

Subsequent investigation revealed that a Court of Enquiry, 31 January 1916, into the death of a soldier found near the Gizeh Camp, concluded that the individual could not be identified, and that the cause of death could be 'conclusively' attributed to asphyxia due to strangulation. Base Records, 17 May 1916, concluded: 'As Private Attfield was the only absentee from O'Seas Base, Ghezireh [where Attfield was recorded as having entered on 6 January 1916] during January, 1916, there appears to be a p[ossibility of his being identical with this unknown Australian soldier.'

Discharge on grounds of desertion subsequently cancelled.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ATTFIELD Edward

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