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Private William Edgar Howells

31st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement

Joined 13 September 1915

Returned to Australia 31 March 1919

Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916, arriving in Suez on 15 April 1916. He embarked from Alexandria on 25 May 1916 and arrived in Etaples, France, on 29 May 1916. William seemed to have a bit of a problem with absent without leave (AWL) issues, with one case before leaving Australia in January 1916 and another after arriving overseas in June 1916. He was wounded with a gun shot wound to the forearm on 21 August 1916 and returned to England for admission to hospital. He rejoined his battalion on 22 March 1917 and was treated in the field for a laceration to the lip while transporting military stores on 24 March 1917. William had a couple of charges for use of obscene language and drunkeness, plus a couple of trips to hospital due to VD. He was wounded for a second time on 13 August 1918 and rejoined his unit on 13 September 1918. He arrived back in Sydney on 14 May 1919.

Medals Awarded:

William was awarded the following medals:

1914/15 Star British War Medal Victory Medal
1914/15 Star British War Medal Victory Medal


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Private William Edgar Howells (click image for larger view). Private W.E. Howells (click image for larger view).
   
  
HMAT A68 Anchises  

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Captain (Rev.) George Wesley Pittendrigh (Chaplain 4th Class)

Chaplains’ Corps. (1st Infantry Brigade/2nd Battalion/17th Infantry Brigade)

Joined 12 September 1916.

Returned to Australia 6 July 1919.

Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A36 Boonah on 21 October 1916 for England. Embarked for France on 2 December 1917, reporting to 1st Infantry HQ on 18 December 1917.

Medals Awarded:

George was awarded the following medals:

British War Medal Victory Medal  
British War Medal Victory Medal  


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HMAT A36 Boonah Captain (Rev.) George Wesley Pittendrigh (click image for larger view)

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Private Claude Wilfred Leo Pittendrigh (Leo)

1st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement - 4th Machine Gun Battalion.

Joined 14 April 1915.

Died of wounds 9 July 1918. Buried at Crouy, France.

Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 16 June 1915 for England.

Leo (as he was known) joined the 1st Battalion on 6 August 1915 in Gallipoli and survived the push at Lone Pine, a battle that claimed his cousins Norman, Edmund and Robert (see Gallipoli pages). Leo then joined the 1st Battalion, 4th Machine Gun Battalion on 9 January 1918.

Claude had a bit of an issue with hospitalisations during his service. He was returned to England a couple of times due to illness and admission to hospital, before he was eventually wounded in action in France on 9 July 1918 with a shell wound to the thigh. He is listed as “Dead on Admission” at the field hospital.

Medals Awarded:

Claude was awarded the following medals:

1914/15 Star British War Medal Victory Medal
1914/15 Star British War Medal Victory Medal


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Private Claude Wilfred Leo Pittendrigh (click image for larger view)

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Commemorative scroll (click image for larger view)

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The headstone at Crouy Cemetery in France (click image for larger view).
Note that this is a new headstone, replaced by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in October 2013
as the original displayed the Star of David (the Jewish Star).


HMAT A63 Karoola


Cemetery at Crouy, France. Cemetery Info

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Private Reginald Pittendrigh

14th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement - 3rd Machine Gun Battalion.

Joined 4 October 1916.

Returned to Australia 12 May 1918.

Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 19 February 1917. Arrived in Davenport (England) 25 April 1917. Transferred to M.G.B. 20 July 1917. Departed Grantham for France 18 October 1917, arriving France the same day.

Reginald had a stay in hospital due to scabies from 2 December 1917 and it seems never returned to active service.

Medals Awarded:

Reginald was awarded the following medals:

British War Medal Victory Medal  
British War Medal Victory Medal  




HMAT A70 Ballarat

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Gunner Keith Russell Paget Pittendrigh

25th Battery, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, 3rd Division (Driver then Gunner).

Joined 1 November 1916.

Returned to Australia 11 May 1919.

Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 10 May 1917, Arriving Devonport (England) 20 July 1917. Departed Southhampton for France 6 November 1917.

Keith entered the 7th FAB as a driver, but was transferred to Gunner at his own request on 14 January 1918. He was sent to the hospital sick on 19 March 1918 and returned to service 11 April 1918. He was sent to the UK on leave 5 November 1918 and returned 24 November 1918. He embarked for England to return home on 6 March 1919.

Keith was awarded the following medals:

British War Medal Victory Medal  
British War Medal Victory Medal  



HMAT A74 Marathon

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Gunner Keith Russell Paget Pittendrigh (click image for larger view)

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