Keith Herbert Sloan

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Keith Herbert Sloan
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Personal Information
Date of Birth unknown 1896
Place of Birth Perth, Western Australia
Death 23 Nov 1980
Place of Death Hollywood Repatriation Hospital, Nedlands, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 18 years, 9 months
Description 5'3" (1.60m) tall ; 120 lbs
54.431 kg
; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Brickyard employee
Religion Church of England
Address 'Dunrolun', Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Clara Sloan
Military Information
Reg Number 4793
Date of Enlistment 21 Feb 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 12th Reinforcements / 7th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 17 Apr 1916 ‒ 14 May 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A60 Aeneas
Date of Return 16 Jun 1919 ‒ 24 Jul 1919
Ship Returned On RMS Ormonde
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Armadale War Memorial (Armadale panel)
Armadale Congregational Church Honour Board
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal




Pre War

War Service

Allocated to the 12th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion on 1 Apr 1916 six weeks after entering Blackboy Hill camp.

Soon after his arrival in England, he required a stay in Fargo Military Hospital to deal with bronchitis, and again in Jun 1917. In between he was with the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone.

This delayed his entry to France until 9 Oct 1917, and so he was not taken on strength by the battalion until 14 Oct 1917 at Montauban Camp near Steenvorde where they are recovering after taking heavy losses on Broodseinde Ridge. Before they were ready to be thrown back into the fray they were needed to participate in the Battle of the Ancre. The 28th Battalion's attack at Gird Trench failed and they were driven back sustaining heavy loses. Withdrawn from the line on 19 Nov 1916, they moved back, first to Fricourt and then to billets at Buire where Keith wrote home "It is surprising how warm it is while the snow is about. We had some good fun, three of us went out to have a fight with snowballs. There were two of us onto one big chap. We were going for a good while when I threw one from behind and just as I did he looked around and caught it fair in he eye so then he was picking snow out of his eye for the next fine minutes."[1]

In July 1917 the battalion was training in the Flanders region when Keith wrote "I have been out on the range shooting and came second in all the practices. The chap that beat me is a Boer War soldier and has about twelve years service, so I could hardly expect to beat him. We started our final test yesterday, but was too wet today to carry on with the shooting. I have got 42 marks out of 50 so far. If I get 125 out of 175, I will get a First Class Marksman and be entitled to wear the crossed rifles on my left forearm."[2]

In May 1918 he was seen by the 6th Australian Field Ambulance and sent on to the 4th Casualty Clearing Station, and the 3rd Stationary Hospital in Rouen before being evacuated aboard HMHS Panama to the Exeter War Hospital with what was described as a slight case of Trench Fever. [During May the 28th Battalion lost 112 men to hospital sick, in addition to 152 war caused injuries.]

Transferred to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Dartford from 12 - 14 Jun 1918, he was then released to the No 3 Command Depot in Hurdcott before transferring a month later to the No 1 Command Depot in Sutton Veny. Found to be fit to return to duty he travelled to France again on 6 Nov 1918, rejoining his battalion two days later at Berteaucourt.

At the time of the Armistice the battalion was resting and rebuilding in the small village of Berteaucourt, north-west of Amiens. Soon after the Armistice the 28th Battalion and the rest of the Australian 7th Brigade is initially earmarked as part of the British 4th Army to relocate to Coblenz as part of the Army of Occupation. They began their move on 23 Nov 1918, travelling through Amiens and Peronne by train, and then marched via stops at Busigny, Ribeauville, Grand Fayt, Beaufort, and Cousolre into Belgium. At this point it was decided that the Australian troops would not proceed into Germany, but wait in Belgium for their return to Australia, with the 28th Battalion basing itself in Marcinelle, some 2 miles from the large industrial city of Charleroi.[3]

On 13 Apr 1919 he proceeded to England to begin his journey home to Australia. Discharged 5th Military District 8 Sep 1919.

"..enlisted in January, 1916, and sailed with the 12th Reinforcements of the 28th Battalion on 9th April, 1916. Salisbury camp.".[4]

Post War

In 1923 married Amelia (Lena) Budd Godwin who died on 16 Aug 1984, aged 78.

Electoral Roll entries - 1922 at 16 Silas street, South Fremantle, a labourer, with mother Clara. 1925 with Lena at 57 Wardle street; 1931 shopkeepers at 168 Mandurah road, South Fremantle; 1936 & 1937 shop assistant at 12 Harvey street Buckland Hill, Claremont; 1943 a grocer at 133 Stirling Highway, Cottesloe; 1949 grocer at 495 Stirling Highway, Cottesloe, with daughter Beryl Jean (1927 -  ?? ) as bookkeeper; 1954 Beryl moved, and brother Keith Budd (1929 - ?? ) listed as clerk; 1958 - 1980 Keith and Lena only. Eldest child was Rhondda May (b. 8 Jul 1933, d. 1980)

References

  1. The Blue & White Diamond - 28th Battalion, Neville Browning, Advance Press, Page 226
  2. The Blue & White Diamond - 28th Battalion. Neville Browning. Advance Press, page 296.
  3. The 28th Battalion AIF - A Record of War Service. Henry K. Kahn. Hesperian Press.
  4. "The Drill of the Foot-Hills" (PDF) (1917). Western Australia. Mar 1917. p. 6. Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via State Library of Western Australia. 

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