Ernest (Roy) William Sladden

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Ernest (Roy) William Sladden
Personal Information
Date of Birth 15 Jul 1896
Place of Birth Leederville, Western Australia
Death 12 Apr 1957
Place of Death Claremont, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 19 years, 8 months
Description 5'7" (1.70m) tall ; 140 lbs
63.503 kg
; light complexion ; blue eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Locomotive Fireman
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Mundijong, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Sarah Sladden
Military Information
Reg Number 2731
Date of Enlistment 20 Apr 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 51st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
Date of Embarkation 13 Oct 1916 ‒ 2 Dec 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A23 Suffolk
Date of Return 31 Jan 1918 ‒ 6 Apr 1918
Ship Returned On HMAT A8 Argyllshire
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Mundijong School Roll of Honour
Mundijong Honour Roll
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Signed his enlistment papers in Jarrahdale. A fortnight after entering camp, Ernest was allocated from the 64th Depot Company to the 6th reinforcement draft for the 51st Battalion. Roy sailed with them to England, arriving in Plymouth.

On arrival in England he joined the 13th Training Battalion at Codford. In December he presented to the Codford hospital on two occassions with a non specific infection, before proceeding overseas to France on HMT Princess Victoria from Folkestone on 4 Feb 1917. Given his later medical history, these visits to hospital were probably related to his bronchial system.

On 19 May 1917 he again reported to hospital, this time to the 56th Casualty Clearing Station where he was diagnosed with bronchitis and passed to the 6th General Hospital in Rouen. By 7 Sep 1917, he was more seriously ill with bronchitis, requiring his evacuation to England aboard HMHS Essequibo. On arrival he was admitted to the Military Hospital in Southwark, London.

There on 1 Nov 1917 he was charged with beign absent from his ward from 9:25pm till 11:00pm, awarded a day's lost pay, and again on 3 Nov 1917 when he was charged with being absent from his ward from 8:30pm to 9:55pm, and for disobeying Hospital Regulations. Awarded the forfeiture of a day's pay.

With the decision made to send him home for medical reasons, he managed one last hurrah - AWOL at Sutton Veny from 3:00pm on 29 Dec 1917 till 11:00pm on 30 Dec 1917. This time he was docked 2 days pay.

Discharged on Medical grounds - Bronchitis by 5th Military District on 22 Apr 1918.

Post War

Married Elsie Florence Eggeling during 1924 in Fremantle. Son Ernest Henry Anderson Sladden was born 5 Apr 1925, and died in 1988

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 at 38 Smyth road, West Subiaco, guard; 1931 - 1937 at 86 Basinghall street, Victoria Park, fitter; 1943 - 1949 at 17 Barnfield road, Claremont, fireman

Ernest also served during WW2 as a member of the Citizen's Military Forcer from 24 Nov 1941 until 14 May 1946. His last posting was as a Sapper with the 3rd Australian Hospital maintenance Platoon.


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