Albert Ambrose ECCLESTON

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ECCLESTON, Albert Ambrose

Service Number: 323
Enlisted: 28 October 1915, Toowoomba, Queensland B Company
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 42nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Cooma, New South Wales, Australia, 6 June 1881
Home Town: Crookwell, Upper Lachlan Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Shearer
Died: Gun shot wounds to head, 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, France, 30 December 1916, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Trois Arbres Cemetery
Plot 1, Row D, grave 5
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

28 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 323, 42nd Infantry Battalion, Toowoomba, Queensland B Company
5 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 323, 42nd Infantry Battalion
5 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 323, 42nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Sydney
29 Dec 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 323, 42nd Infantry Battalion, Gun shot wounds to head
30 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 323, 42nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Albert Ambrose ECCLESTON was born on 6th June, 1881 in Cooma, New South Wales

His parents were John William Henry ECCLESTON and Catherine McINTYRE who married in Cooma in 1868

He enlisted in Toowoomba, Queensland on 28th October, 1915 and embarked with the 42nd Infantry Battalion (B Company) on board the HMAT Borda from Sydney on 5th June 1916

Albert was wounded on 29th December, 1916 with a gun shot wound to the head and accompanying fracture - he died from those wounds at the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station in France on 30th December, 1916 and is buried in the Trois Arbres Cemetery

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

Medals:  British War Medal & Victory Medal

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His brother David ECCLESTON (SN 1657)  served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1919

Another brother George Edmond ECCLESTON (SN 2526) also served in WW1 and returned to Australia in 1917

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