Richard Marland Lythgo was born in Gordon and was living in Ballarat as a Striker by trade when he enlisted in the 39th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement on 22 October 1917 at the age of 22. His unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 2 February 1918. He reached England on April 20th and marched in to the 9th Training Battalion at Fovant. While there, he forfeited 14 day's pay when found guilty of being absent without leave for five days. He joined the 39th Battalion in France in July, but on September 10th he was wounded in action. He sustained a gunshot wound to his right leg and was evacuated to the 3rd Western General Hospital at Cardiff in Wales. The war ended while he was recovering, and he returned home on the Ascanius, disembarking at Melbourne on April 3rd 1919.
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