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Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a Scourer by trade, Ernest Beaumont was 19 years and single when enlisted on the 8th of July 1915 in the 14th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 4141. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 'Demosthenes' on the 29th of December 1915. Invalided to England and was admitted to county Middlesex War Hospital gunshot wound left arm slight on the 22nd of October 1916. Admitted to special hospital Boulogne bullet wound left foot on the 30th of June 1916. Admitted to 30th General Hospital Calais wounded slight on the 17th of July 1916. Wounded in action 'Field' on the 14th of October 1916. On the 26th of May 1918 admitted to Hospital – scabies and ulcer left leg. Embarked return to Australia per HMAT 'Orsova' ex England on the 8th of January 1919. Disembarked at Melbourne on the 27th of February 1919. Discharged 3rd Military District Termination of Period of Enlistment on the 13th of April 1919. Tree No.1113