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Albert Edward Coates Delamotte

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Personal Information
Date of Birth 11 Apr 1888
Place of Birth Sydney, New South Wales
Death 10 Jun 1952, aged 64
Place of Death Hollywood Repatriation Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 27 years, 5 months
Description 5'6½" (1.69m)tall; weight 132 lbs (59.9 kg); fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair.
Occupation gas engine driver
Religion Church of England
Address Norseman, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother Mrs Marion Delamotte
Military Information
Reg Number 4492
Date of Enlistment 18 Oct 1915
Rank Lance Corporal
Unit/Formation 11th Battalion , 14th Reinforcement transferred to 13th and then the 15th Field Company Engineers, 5th Division
Date of Embarkation 12 Feb 1916 - 10 Mar 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A28 Miltiades
Date of Return 8 May 1919 - 15 Jun 1919
Ship Returned On SS Devanha
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Kelmscott-Armadale Parish Roll of Honour pencil entry
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal


Pre War

Electoral Roll entry - 1913 Norseman, a trucker; 1915 Norseman, miner.

War Service

Initially allocated to the 14th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion, travelling with them to Egypt, arriving in Port Suez on 10 Mar 1916.

On 26 Mar 1916 he was transferred to the 13th Field Company Engineers. In April he spent 10 days in hospital at Serapeum with diarrhea, before proceeding to France with his unit, leaving Alexandria on 6 June, and disembarking in Marseilles 13 Jun 1916. In France he was again in need of a hospital stint in August, resulting in his being transferred to the Australian General Base Depot. On 25 Nov 1916 he is transferred to the 15th Engineering Field Company.

In Feb 1917 he is late for a parade and is punished with 1 day of Field Punishment No 2. On 22 July he is seen by the 15th Australian Field Ambulance and is sent to the 5th Division's Rest Station before being released back to this unit by the 56th Casualty Clearing Station on 8 Aug 1917. However, he was back in hospital 2 days later, and this time is away from his unit until the end of September.

Again seen by the 15th Australian Field Ambulance, he is sent to the 7th Canadian Stationary Hospital in Le Havre. Again diarrhoea is the problem. Eventually after being seen by a number of medical units in Boulogne and Le Havre, he returns to his unit on 27 Sep 1917.

In Nov 1917 he was granted a fortnight's leave in England. On 2 Jul 1918 he was appointed a Lance Corporal and in September enjoys another leave in the UK.

Soon after he is again ill and on 31 Oct 1918 is admitted to the 3rd Australian General Hospital with influenza, and was released to the base unit three days after the Armistice. Rejoining his unit he has another three months with them before he begins the journey home by shifting back to a base depot in England.

Returns on the SS Devanha 8 May 1919 - 15 Jun 1919 although on the journey home he spent from the 16th to the 24th May 1919 in the ship's hospital.

Discharged at 5th Military District on 14 Aug 1919.


Post War

In 1919 Albert married Emily Mary Green. Children were Phyllis, Elwyn, Marion. Emily died 11 Dec 1977, aged 86. Both are buried in Kelmscott. Electoral Roll entries - 1925 - 1931 with Emily Mary in Sixth road, Armadale, engine driver; by 1936 they have moved to William street, Armadale where Emily remains after Bert's death until in 1977 she is at 16 Deerness Way, Armadale.

Notes

'Married' into the district immediately after the war and remained until his death. Is included on the Kelmscott-Armadale Parish paper Roll of Honour.


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