Theodore Harold AARONS

AARONS, Theodore Harold

Service Numbers: 1, Officer
Enlisted: 22 March 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Department of Repatriation and Demobilization
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, March 1895
Home Town: Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Royal Military College, Duntroon (failed course), Pitman's School, London
Occupation: Student
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World War 1 Service

22 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
27 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1, 39th Infantry Battalion
27 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 1, 39th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
21 Dec 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, Department of Repatriation and Demobilization
30 May 1921: Discharged AIF WW1

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War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 27 May 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 18 July 1916.

Appointed Company Sergeant Major (WO II), 23 August 1916.

Marched into 10th Training Bn, 9 December 1916.

Promoted Temporary Regimental Sergeant Major, 1 January 1917.

Selected to attend Machine Gun Course at Grantham, 1 June 1917.

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 5 October 1917, and posted to Machine Gun Corps Reinforcements.

Admitted to 1st London General Hospital, 29 December 1917 (epistaxis); discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 5 February 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 June 1918; taken on strength, 3rd Machine Gun Bn, in the field, 1 July 1918.

Promoted Lieutenant, 5 August 1918.

Wounded in action, 2 October 1918 (gassed), and admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 2nd Red Cross Hospital, Rouen, 3 October 1918; to England, 8 October 1918, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth; discharged to Cobham Convalescent Hospital, 22 November 1918.

Attached to Repatriation & Demobilisation Department, AIF Headquarters, London, for duty, 21 December 1918.

Marched into Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 14 January 1919.

Granted leave with pay and subs, 20 April-20 June 1919 (Non-Military Employment: attending Pitman's School, Southampton Row, London; NME leave extended, 25 July-29 October 1919). Granted leave without pay, 1 November 1919-30 May 1920: business.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orontes', 19 June 1920; disembarked Melbourne, 1 August 1920; appointment terminated (discharged), Melbourne, 30 May 1921.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Moved to New Zealand post 1919.

Legally adopted the surname ASHTON in 1921.