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Everett Charles Strachan was born in Steiglitz, VIC and was living in Ballarat as a Farm Hand when he enlisted in the 23rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement on 2 August 1915 at the age of 19. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915 and after a short period in Egypt, he joined the 23rd Battalion in France in late March 1916. In early May he was wounded in action, a gunshot wound to his shoulder, and evacuated to hospital in England. From there it was determined he should be returned to Australia, and on August 8th he sailed from England on the Marathon. He was then discharged æmedically unfit - hammer toes and callositis feet', on October 27th 1916, 12 months to the day after he embarked for active service. Just three weeks later, on November 17th, he re-enlisted æfor service in Australia only for such period as services might be required'. Little is recorded of his home service, but he was demobilised on February 23rd 1920.
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