ROCKWELL, Reginald Gordon Anstey

Service Number: 327
Rank: Not known
Enlistment Unit: 10th Battalion
Transferred Unit: Not known or not applicable
Date of Enlistment: 19 August 1914
Enlistment Age: 20 years 3 months
Fate of person: Returned to Australia

Biographical Details

Lance Corporal Reginald Rockwell was 23 when he enlisted in South Australia on 19 August 1914. He had trained as a hairdresser and was brought up in Invermay. He left Adelaide on 20 October on the Ascanius and reached Alexandria six weeks later. After three months of training he left for Gallipoli and was part of the original landing on 25 April 1915. He was with the 10th Battalion until October when he was admitted to hospital in Malta with a serious case of debility and influenza. From Malta he was sent to England for further treatment and convalescence. In August 1916 he re-joined his unit on the Western Front where he saw service until October 1918. Reginald was wounded in action during the 3rd Battle of Ypres October 1917 and admitted to hospital again in April 1918 with a sprained ankle. He returned to Adelaide for discharge in April 1919. Later in life he may have operated a small shop in Adelaide. In 1968, from Adelaide, he applied for the Gallipoli Medal and died in 1971.

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