Richard ASTON

Regimental number12/685
Date of birth18 November 1893
Place of birthEngland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5.5"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Aston, Huntly
Previous military serviceServed in B Company, 16th (Waikato) Regiment, Territorial Force; still serving at time of NZEF enlistment.
Enlistment date15 August 1914
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Final rankPrivate
Final unitAuckland Infantry Battalion
Fate31 August 1916
Discharge date9 January 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Commenced return to New Zealand from England on board HS 'Marama', 31 August 1916; discharged (no longer physically fit for Active Service on account of illness), 9 January 1917.

War service: 2 years 148 days (of which 2 years 7 days was abroad)

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1: Auckland Infantry Batln/Main Body
Date of death10 September 1956 Mt Albert
SourcesArchives New Zealand (Wellington), Agency AABK, Series 18805, File 22271404

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