Bertram Stanley BACON

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BACON, Bertram Stanley

Service Number: 5033
Enlisted: 6 January 1916, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Umbala, India, 1898
Home Town: Maude, Golden Plains, Victoria
Schooling: Sheoaks State School 1286
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Sarcoma of Ilium and Asthenia, Australia, 16 May 1920
Cemetery: Springvale Garden of Remembrance & Crematorium, Victoria
Church of England Section, 1.14.40
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Sheoaks State School No. 1286 Pictorial HR
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World War 1 Service

6 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5033, 8th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5033, 8th Infantry Battalion
1 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5033, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Melbourne
13 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1
16 May 1920: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 5033, 7th Infantry Battalion

5033 Lance Corporal Bertram Stanley Bacon

From How We Served

5033 Lance Corporal Bertram Stanley Bacon of Golden Plains, Victoria had immigrated to Australia from England and was employed as a labourer when he enlisted for War Service in Melbourne on the 6th of Janurary 1916.

Originally allocated to the Cyclist Corps, Bertram was transferred over to reinforcements for the 7th Battalion, 1st AIF and arrived in Egypt for further training on the 14th of May 1916. From Egypt he was shipped to England and then onto France where he enterered 'The Bull Ring' at Etaples on the 17th of September 1916. Bertram was taken on strength with his Battalion in the trenches on the 16th of October and just over a month after this he was evacuated sick with influenza.

Bertram rejoined his Battalion in the field on New Year's Eve 1916 and his service would be continuous until the end of the War. Bertram was shipped back to Australia for demobilisation on the 12th of May 1919, where he was formally discharged from the 1st AIF.

Shortly after his return, Bertram was admitted into the 11th Australian General Hospital (Caulfield) diagnosed as suffering sarcoma combined with asthenia, and whilst still a patient he succumbed to disease on the 16th of May 1920 at the age of 22. Bertram was formally laid to rest within Springvale General Cemetery.

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Biography

Son of Charles Henry Bacon of 21 St Larence Road, Dublin, Ireland

Disembarked Suez, 14 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria, 29 May 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 8 June 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 15 September 1916; taken on strength, 7th Bn, Belgium, 16 October 1916.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 27 November 1916 (influenza), and transferred to Casualty Clearing Station; to 1st New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens, 28 November 1916; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 30 November 1916; to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 11 December 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 31 December 1916.

On leave to England, 19 November 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 27 November 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 25 January 1918.

On leave to England, 12 December 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 3 January 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia (1915-16 Personnel), 20 March 1919; marched in to Reserve Brigade Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, 21 March 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Soudan', 12 May 1919; admitted to ship's hospital, 19 May 1919 (sciatica of right leg); disembarked Melbourne, 29 June 1919;

Discharged Melbourne, 13 August 1919.

Returned to Australia 12 May 1919

Died at No 11 Australian General Hospital (*sarcoma of ilium and asthenia). * a type of bone cancer

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