George Emanuel Nettleton

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George Emanuel Nettleton
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Personal Information
Date of Birth not known 1888
Place of Birth Australind, Western Australia
Death 21 Dec 1975, aged 87
Place of Death Como. Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 28 years, 2 months
Description 5'4" (1.63m) tall ; not listed
"not listed" is not a number.
; fair complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Mill hand
Religion Methodist
Address Lyall's Mill, near Collie
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Ellen Nettleton, Jarrahdale
Military Information
Reg Number 6805
Date of Enlistment 4 Jul 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement transferred to
4th Machine Gun Battalion / 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 9 Nov 1916 ‒ 10 Jan 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A8 Argyllshire
Date of Return 6 Nov 1918 ‒ 30 Dec 1918
Ship Returned On HMAT A74 Marathon
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

War Service

Entered Blackboy Hill camp on 4 Jul 1916 and after a period of general training, on 28 Jul 1916 he was allocated to the 23rd reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion. However, on 4 Sep 1916 he was advanced to the 22nd reinforcement draft.

On arrival in Devonport he was sent to the 4th Training Battalion at Codford to finalise his training before proceeding overseas to France on 10 Apr 1917 through Folkestone.

Taken on strength by the 16th Battalion AIF on 30 Apr 1917 at Ribemont as it recovered from heavy losses at the battle known as 1st Bullecourt. On 28 Aug 1917 he was sent to hospital in Belgium suffering with scabies. Treated by both the 4th and the 12th Australian Field Ambulances, he was sent on to the 50th Casualty Clearing Station, before being admitted to the 4th Canadian Casualty Clearing Station with dermatitis. He rejoined the battalion on 15 Sep 1917.

In Jan 1918 George was granted leave in England from 22 Jan 1918 until 12 Feb 1918. George was transferred to the 4th Machine Gun Battalion on 12 May 1918 and was wounded in action on 4 Jul 1918 with shell wounds to his both knees and his right arm. Treated first by the 4th Australian Field Ambulance, and then the 5th Casualty Clearing Station on his way to the 10th General Hospital in Rouen on 7 Jul 1918. Evacuated to England aboard HMHS St Patrick on 15 Jul 1918, he was admitted to the Cambridge Hospital with wounds now described as to his hip, leg and arm, severe. The next day he was transferred to the King George Hospital. On 13 Sep he had recovered enough to be released to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Harefield and then four days later he was sent on to the No2 Command Depot in Weymouth to await a ship home.

Back in Australia he was admitted to the 8th Australian General Hospital at Fremantle on 31 Dec 1918 and was discharged from hospital on 22 May 1919.

On 10 Jun 1919 George was discharged by the 5th Military District.


Post War

On 29 Dec 1920, George married Gertrude Robinson in Brunswick Junction. Son Frank born 2 Jul 1922, died 14 Mar 1962 in Northam Western Australia; 2nd son Robert George born 10 Jul 1926, died 17 Mar 1990 in Shelley, Western Australia. Gertrude died 22 Feb 1965 in South Perth, Western Australia


Notes

NOK (parents) lived Jarrahdale


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