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Wenham, Bert Edward    Create Anzac Certificate
Place of Birth: Bowenville, QLD, Australia

Service Number: 4925 4935

Place of Enlistment: Toowoomba, QLD, Australia

Next of Kin: Wenham, Charles (father)

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Remembering Uncle Bert Wenham
Submitted by: Carmel McMullen

My father was named after his uncle Bert Edward Wenham who enlisted in the 15 Infantry Battalion on 7 Sep 1915. On the 23rd of March 1916 at Pinkenba, Brisbane he embarked with troops on the HMAT A73 Commonwealth bound for active service. He disembarked in Egypt on the 5th of May 1916 and within a few weeks was ill in the No 2 Australian Stationary Hospital at Tel el Kebir from which he was transferred to the 4th Auxiliary Hospital at Heliopolis. In August he was with troops that embarked on the SS Megantic at Alexandria and disembarked in England. He left England and was sent to France, ending up at the 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot. In February 1917 he sustained a gunshot wound to the leg which was treated at the No 11 CCS before transfer  to the No 18 General Hospital at Camiers. He embarked on the Hospital Ship Dieppe at Calais and was admitted to the 3rd Australian General Hospital at Brighton, England where he stayed until May.   In May he was given leave in England and then reported to Wareham, Dorset. From there he went to Codford, Wiltshire and joined the No 4 Command Depot before being posted to the Overseas Training Unit at Perham Downs, Wiltshire. In July he returned to active duty at Le Havre, France and in August rejoined his unit. On the 26th of September 1917 he was wounded in action and was admitted to the No 3 Canadian General Hospital at Dannes-Camiers south of Boulogne-sur-Mer. By mid-October he was at the No 7 Convalescent Depot near Boulogne and not long after was transferred to 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot. He returned to his unit in France in November.  In April 1918 he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal and in July was promoted to Corporal. On the 9th of October, he was transferred from the 15th Battalion to the Australian Corps School where he stayed receiving advanced training until the 10th of January 1919 when he transferred back to the 15th Battalion in France.   In February he went to England in preparation to return to Australia. However his trip home was delayed as, in March 1919, he was admitted to the No 1 Australian Dermatological Hospital at Bulford, Wiltshire. He stayed there until May when he was discharged to Weymouth, Dorset. On the 19th of June 1919 he embarked on the HMAT A28 Miltiades at Plymouth, England and on the 8th of August he disembarked at Sydney and was discharged from the A.I.F in Brisbane on the 1st of October 1919. 

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