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Regimental number1657
Place of birthCo Monaghan, Ireland
Address20 Degrave Street, Parkville, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Erskine, Crosses, Monaghan, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date29 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 January 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name60th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/77/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 27 September 1917
Discharge date28 January 1918
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2598 Pte Henry ERSKINE, 49th Bn, killed in action, 12 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria, 2 August 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 August 1916.

Marched into 15th Training Bn, England, 21 August 1916.

Found guilty, 30 October 1916, of being absent without leave from 12.00 am, 24 October 1916, to 7.00 pm, 27 October 1916; awarded 8 days’ Field Punishment No 2; forfeited a total of 11 days’ pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 November 1916; marched into 5th Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, France, 12 November 1916; marched out, 28 December 1916; taken on strength, 58th Bn, 30 November 1916.

Admitted to 29th Casualty Clearing Station, France, 12 May 1917 (gun shot wound right arm); to 32nd Stationary Hospital, 17 May 1917; transferred to England, 18 May 1917; admitted to Charing Cross Hospital, Strand, 19 May 1917; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, 1 June 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 7 June 1917.

Found guilty, 23 June 1917, of being absent from Tattoo Roll Call until 9.45 pm, 22 June 1917; awarded 3 days’ confined to base.

Commenced return to Australia, from England, on board HT ‘Suevic’, 27 September 1917; disembarked Melbourne, 18 November 1917; discharged (medically unfit), 28 January 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ERSKINE Alfred

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