Reuben Douglas Naughton

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Reuben Douglas Naughton
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1894
Place of Birth Roebourne, Western Australia
Death 25 Jul 1920
Place of Death 8th Australian General Hospital Fremantle
Age at Enlistment 21 years, 3 months
Description 5'7" tall ; 129lbs
58.513 kg
; fair complexion ; greyish eyes ; light brown hair
Occupation Clerk
Religion Church of England
Address NOK Gosnells, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Roebourne, Western Australia
Military Information
Reg Number 1059
Date of Enlistment 27 May 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, B Company
Date of Embarkation 9 Jun 1915 ‒ 2 Jul 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A11 Ascanius
Date of Return 10 Jun 1916
Ship Returned On HMAT A50 Itonus Suez to Fremantle
Fate Returned to Australia (Medical)
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Australian War Memorial]
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Enlisted in Geraldton. On arrival in Perth was assigned to the 28th Battalion and posted to B Company. Following training he embarked with them for Egypt. On arrival in Egypt they undertook training to prepare for service on the Gallipoli Peninsular. On 4 Sep 1915, while the rest of the battalion embarked for Gallipoli, Reuben was left behind in Mustapha as a Baggage Guard. On 22 Oct 1915 he was admitted to the Reception Hospital in Mustapha with Orchitis. Two days later he was transferred to the 17th General Hospital in Alexandria, and on 6 Nov 1915 transferred to the Lady Howard De Walden's Convalescent Home in Alexandria before being transferred to the 2nd Division's Base in Ghezireh on 13 Dec 1915.

Admitted to the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Abbassia on 19 Apr 1916 with Rectal Stricture, on 22 Apr 1916 he was transferred to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Heliopolis. Discharged on 10 Jun and transferred to Suez to embark for Australia.

Arriving back in Western Australia he entered the 8th Australian General Hospital in Fremantle on 11 Jul 1916 and was released on 14 Aug 1916. Reuben was discharged medically unfit at 5th Military District on 18 Aug 1916.

Post War

On his return in 1916 Reuben married Selina Lilly Scrivener. On 19 Nov 1917 a son David G. was born. Edith E. was born in 1920 after her father's death.

Electoral Roll entries: 1917 at 1026 President street, Kalgoorlie, clerk and later at 4 Victoria street, with Selina

1917 Postmaster at Kanowna, having also served at Wongan Hills.

NAUGHTON.-On July 25, 1920, at the No. 8 Australian General Hospital Fremantle, Reuben Douglas returned soldier, late of the 28th Battalion dearly beloved husband of Selina Lily Naughton (nee Scrivener) of Glen Forrest, formerly of Kanowna and Wongan Hills. Aged 26 years.[1]
NAUGHTON (nee Scrivener).-On August 31,at King street, Gosnells, to Mrs. Naughton,widow of, the late R D. Naughton - a daughter. Both well.[2]

Military records indicate that death was caused by (1) Rectal Stricture (2) Cachexia and Heart Failure. When Reuben was later unable to work, he was granted a fortnightly pension of 30/- ($3), his wife 15/- ($1.50), and his son 10/- ($1).


On the memorial because of his marriage to Selina Scrivener from Gosnells. Serina later remarried to Edward Bell.

  1. The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) Mon 26 Jul 1920 Page 1 Family Notices
  2. The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) Thu 2 Sep 1920 Page 1 Family Notices

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