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David Sydney Wanliss listed his home address in Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria, was married to Mrs. Jessie Wanliss and was previously a Lt. Colonel with the 52nd Infantry Battalion (previously a barrister) when he enlisted with the AIF at the age of 50. He assumed command of the 5th Battalion on 8 June 1915 , but according to a medical history report dated 25 March 1916 he suffered from convalescent enteric (typhoid fever) whilst at Gallipoli and was returned to England for recovery. On 11 April 1916 he returned to duty and re-joined his unit. He would again be examined by the medical board on 21 February 1918, whereupon it would be deemed he suffered from senility attributed to the previous typhoid fever. According to the notes in the report, Lt Col Wanliss realized this as well.
He returned to Australia on 5 July 1918 and received a medical discharge on 20 July 1918.
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