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Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a Labourer by trade, Herbert Joseph Costell was 22 years and single when enlisted on the 29th of August 1914 in the 3rd Battalion, H Company, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 1517. His Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 'Euripides' on the 20th of October 1914. On the 26th of June 1915 admitted to the 1st Casulaity Clearing Station, ANZAC – Influenza; on the 7th of August 1915 wounded in Gallipoli and admitted to No 2 Staty Hospital – Mudros – Diarrhoea and transferred to H.S. 'Calendonia' – Dysentry; admitted General Hospital Gibralator on the 15th of October 1915; on the 5th of January 1917 admitted to the 24th General Hospital, Etaples – Dysentry and invalided to England; on the 18th of January 1917 admitted to War Hospital – Dysentry and on the 24th of March 1917 transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford – Debility. Left England or return to Australia per 'Corinthic' for Discharge – amputation small toe and metatareal bone left foot on the 16th of June 1919. Disembarked 1st of August 1919. Tree No. 538