This blog is a companion to the Database of Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Training in Aldershot, 1917

Jan Colliver tells the poignant story of her great uncle Hughie Waldren of Ascot Vale. He enlisted with 6 Infantry Brigade in August 1915, but a pre-war episode of rheumatic fever came back to haunt him while training in Egypt, and he was returned to Australia unfit for further service.  Undeterred, a few months later he volunteered for the Army Medical Corps, and spent some time in Home Service before again embarking for overseas service.  The photo above shows him - number 4 in the back row - while in training at Aldershot in June 1917.  Two months later he was in France with the 46 Inf Battalion. Read Jan's story here.

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