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Albert Swingler was born in Ballarat, Victoria, was single and a Bodymaker when he enlisted with the 2nd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 14 on 9 July 1915 at the age of 22. His unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916. He was admitted to the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital for hernia on 22 march 1916 and transferred to the British Red Cross Hospital at Montazah before being discharged to duty on 9 May 1916. Three months later, in August 1916, he was hospitalised for tonsillitis and was discharged to Base Details for the ongoing issue with his hernia. He proceeded overseas to France, where he again found himself hospitalised, suffering neurasthenia. In October 1916 he was discharged and granted furlough with orders to report to Parkham Downs in England. From there he left England to return to Australia aboard the Hospital Transport Ship Runic, reaching Melbourne on 5 July 1917 and receiving a full medical discharge on 4 September 1917.
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