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Matthew HEPPLE

Regimental number2056
Place of birthLambton, Newcastle, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationMiner
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6.25"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinFather, Christopher Hepple, PO Kearsley, via Cessnock, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 September 1915
Place of enlistmentWest Maitland, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
117
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Christopher and Elizabeth HEPPLE, Kearsley Post Office, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 16 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.

Proceeded to 30th Bn from 8th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 1 April 1916; taken on strength 30th Bn, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916.

Now, 12 January 1917, to reported wounded and missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1320502, Captain J.A. CHAPMAN, 30th Bn, 28 January 1917: 'While leading my platoon up the sap Pte Hepple was wounded in the hand{.} I sent him to the Dressing Station and he rejoined me further up the sap. I saw him forward with ammunition and he went over to the German lines. He was the only man I could account for on the morning after the battle. Reports I collected then stated that he was wounded badly in the right shoulder and last seen in the German trenches.'

Second statement, 936 Pte J.W. McGLENAUGHAN, D Company, 30th Bn (patient, Beech House Military Hospital, Brondesbury NW, London, England), 15 January 1917: 'Informant states that on July 20th. 1916 at Fromelles Pte Hepple was wounded in the shoulder and made prisoner by the enemy'. Note on file: 'Eyewitness: No, the Adjutant of the Battalion said that he had received information that he was a prisoner.'

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2011) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HEPPLE Matthew
Red Cross file 1320502

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