Howard Victor Besemeres was born in Ballarat and was a Motor Mechanic by trade when he enlisted in the 39th Battalion, A Company on 24 February 1916 at the age of 18. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916. In early September 1916 he was transferred to the 7th Battalion and joined that unit in France later that month. In November 1916 he was withdrawn to the Middlesex War Hospital suffering with inflammation of the connective tissue of his fingers. On March 4th 1917 he was wounded in action, suffering a gunshot wound to his left leg. He was again evacuated to hospital in England where the extent of his injury was confirmed – fractures to his left tibia and fibula. He was returned to Australia via the Nestor to Fremantle then the Demosthenes to Melbourne. He was discharged as æmedically unfit' in November 1917.
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