Friday, December 9, 2016

Felton Arthur Pickering

badgeaifww1Serial Number and Rank:  2701, Private
Birth:  Milton 1881/26636
Parents:  Samuel Pickering and Martha Simmons
Enlisted:  22 May 1916
Service:  45th Battalion. RTA 2 March 1919
Marriage:  Nellie Florence Cork
Honour Rolls:  RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Milton Methodist
Milton Methodist Flag
Milton Public School
Brother Howard George Pickering also served in WW1

Felton Arthur Pickering was born November 1880 at Milton, he was the son of Milton storekeeper Samuel Pickering and his wife Martha nee Simmons.

Felton lived at Petersham at time of enlistment in May 1916, age 35 years and was working for the railways. In June he came home to Milton with James Backhouse, Les Davis and Peter Young on final leave. Felton left Australia aboard HMAT Ceramic A40 in October 1916 with the 45th Battalion.

Whilst fighting in France, his wife Nellie Florence nee Cork moved back to Milton. She lived at the Star Hotel, as her father Thomas Cork was the owner.

In September 1918, he was wounded from a gunshot to his left foot. Whilst in hospital in Plymouth England it was discovered he had also contracted herpes and syphilis. He informed the hospital he was actually infected in Australia about two years ago.

Felton returned to Australia in March 1919, after more medical treatment at Randwick hospital he came home to Milton in June 1919. Felton received the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

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