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Gerald Francis Scarfe was born in Ballarat, Victoria, was single and a Draughtsman when he enlisted in the 13th Light Horse Regiment, 7th Reinforcement on 12 July 1915 at the age of 25. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915. On 17 March 1916 he proceeded to join the B.E.F., disembarking at Marseilles a few days later. In June 1916 he was admitted to the No. 4 Calvary Field Ambulance with a tumour on his back and was discharged to duty a month later. On 21 August 1916 j was again admitted to hospital, this time suffering from a gunshot wound to the left arm and shell shock. He would remain hospitalised until 20 December 19174 when it was determined he was fit for base details in Boulogne.
On 28 January 1919 he marched out to England from France and returned to Australia aboard the HT port Denison, disembarking at Melbourne on 10 May 1919.
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