Albert Tom Milton
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|Date of Birth||
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|Place of Birth||South Melbourne, Victoria|
|Death||6 Nov 1938, aged 42|
|Place of Death||Victoria Park, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||20 years, 2 months|
5'4" (1.63m) tall ; 115 lbs|
52.163 kg; brown complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Mother , Mrs Mary Jane Milton|
|Date of Enlistment||29 Mar 1916|
|Unit/Formation||16th Battalion, 21 Reinforcement / 4th Brigade, 4th Division|
|Date of Embarkation||13 Oct 1916 ‒ 12 Dec 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A39 Port Macquarie|
|Date of Return||1 Jun 1919 ‒ 8 Jul 1919|
|Ship Returned On||SS Somali|
Wounded in Action 8 Aug 1918 Amiens |
Returned to Australia
|Monument||Jarrahdale Honour Roll|
British War Medal |
Soon after entering camp, Albert was allocated to the 20th reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion, but nearly 5 months later he transferred to the 21st draft.
On arrival in England he was sent to the 4th Training Battalion at Rollestone camp, and a fortnight later was admitted to the Codford Hospital with laryngitis. On 22 May 1917 he travelled overseas to France through Southampton, and entered the 4th Division's Base Depot in Étaples
He was taken on strength by the 16th Battalion on 11 Jun 1917, who that evening had come out of the support line near Messines. Granted leave from 21 Feb until 10 Mar 1918,he otherwise appears to have remained with the battalion without injury or illness until 8 Aug 1918.
That day Albert had been wounded in action, receiving a guns shot wound to his leg. His unit were participating in the third phase of a coordinated Australian attack on German positions as part of the Battle of Amiens. The 16th Battalion were fired on as they swept the south bank of the Somme River and cleared the outskirts of Mericourt. Casualties for the day were 3 KIA; 1 DOW; and 101 wounded, including Albert.
Treated first by the 13th Australian Field Ambulance, he was then passed to the 61st Casualty Clearing Station on 8 Aug 1918 and then on 9 Aug 1918 to the 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital. Albert's wounds must have been relatively slight as he was released to the 1st Convalescent Depot on 28 Aug 1918 and the 5th Rest Camp on 17 Sep 1918.
Albert rejoined the Battalion, who at the time (1 Oct 1918) were in billets at Picquigny well to the rear of the front lines. Albert remained with them until 15 Apr 1919 when he embarked for England to prepare for his return to Australia.
Discharged 5th Military District 17 Aug 1919.
In 1922 Albert Married Irene Clements.
Electoral Roll entries - 1919 Burns street, North Fremantle, labourer; 1921 - 1922 Mornington Mill, mill hand; 1925 - 1931 at 33 Midgley street, Victoria Park, labourer; 1936 house number now 37.
At the time of his death, Albert was working for the Portland Cement Company of Rivervale.