Ross Leonard PLEDGE

PLEDGE, Ross Leonard

Service Number: 513
Enlisted: 1 June 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Machine Gun Company
Born: Marryatville South Australia Australia, 14 January 1888
Home Town: Gilberton, Walkerville, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Well Driller
Died: to be confirmed, Keswick South Australia Australia, 30 August 1949, aged 61 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

1 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1
16 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 513, 8th Machine Gun Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Dec 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 513, 8th Machine Gun Company
5 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1
Date unknown: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 513, 5th Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography

Ross Pledge was married to Ethel Sophia Pledge and resident at 12 Gilbert Street Gilberton when he enlisted in June 1916.  He was 28 years old and a well driller by vocation.

He was allocated to the 8th Reinforcements of the 8th Machine Gun Company, which was attached to the 8th Brigade.  After training he travelled to Melbourne with the rest of his reinforcement draft.  Of the men comprising this draft all but three were South Australians. The other three were from New South Wales.  They embarked on the HMAT Medic A7 on the 16th December 1916.

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RSL Records indicate that Ross Pledge joined the RSL in August 1919, by which time is address as given as Frederick Street Maylands. He did not remain a member for very long, his membership lapsing in 1921.

He died at Keswick (whether in the Military Hospital that was located there is not clear) aged 61 on 30 August 1949.

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