Per his military service record (regimental no. 4880), Victor Quinton was born at Gilgandra, N.S.W. He gave his age as 19 years and 6 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as labourer. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 4 ½ inches tall, weight 8 stone 9 lbs., with a dark complexion, bluish green eyes, and dark hair. His religious denomination was Anglican. He completed his medical on the 9th October 1915 at Gilgandra, and was attested by Captain Nicholas on the 9th October 1915 at Gilgandra. He claimed to have had no previous military service.
After completing the march he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.
On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was Miller Street, Gilgandra, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as mother, Mrs E. Lumley, Melrose Bidden, Gilgandra N.S.W.
Private Quinton departed Sydney on the HMAT Star of England on the 8th of March 1916. He arrived in Egypt on the 11th April 1916. On the 17th May 1916 he was transferred to the 4th Division Pioneer Training Battalion.
On the 6th June 1916 Private Quinton left Alexandria aboard the Transport Ionian bound for France, arriving at Marseille on the 15th June 1916. On the 22nd July 1916 Private Quinton was taken on strength in the field in the 4th Pioneer Battalion.
On the 5th August 1916 the Battalion was constructing communication trenches near Pozieres when Private Quinton was evacuated with shell shock. He returned to his unit on the 11th August 1916.
Private Quinton was evacuated with Influenza to the 5th Australian Field Ambulance, then the 36th Casualty Clearing Station, on 25th November 1916. He was sent to hospital in Rouen on 29th November 1916.
On 14th December 1916, Private Quinton was evacuated to the 1st Southern General Hospital in England two weeks later.
He marched into Pernham Downs in England on 13th January 1917.
On the 24th January 1917 Private Quinton was transferred to the Australian Army Ordnance Corps. He served in England until the end of the war.
On the 22nd March 1919 Private Quinton left England on the Transport Nevasa bound for Australia. He arrived on the 26th April 1919, and was discharged on the 12th of June 1919.
Hi Helen, So enjoy the posts.Victor Quinton was my Great Uncle.I am sorry I haven’t been back in touch.I have been away. You are very welcome to do the story about William Henry. Victor Quinton is the brother of William Henry’s Wife,Ivy May Quinton. Best Regards Dell Tschanter