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Alfred Ernest Hartnell was born in Ballarat and was a Draper by trade when he enlisted in the 14th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement on 23 July 1915 t the age of 20. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 23 November 1915. While in Egypt, in March 1916, he was transferred to the 46th Battalion and moved to France in June. On September 1st 1916 he was slightly wounded in action but able to return to duty within a couple of days. He was wounded again on June 8th 1917 when he received a gunshot wound to his left leg, a wound serious enough for him to be evacuated to the Royal Victoria Hospital in London. He was able to rejoin his unit in France in October but was wounded for a third time on May 14th 1918. He sustained a penetrating gunshot or shrapnel wound to his chest, and was once more evacuated to England, to the London General Hospital. The war for him was over and he was returned to Australia on the Medic, reaching Melbourne on October 11th 1918. He was discharged two weeks later as æmedically unfit – bomb wound left chest'.
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