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Clarence Rhody Swan HOFFMAN

Regimental number2050
Date of birth23 June 1894
Place of birthMoonta, South Australia
SchoolPublic School, Adelaide, South Australia
Other trainingSadler by trade
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 2"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Brigg, 317 Flinders Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil (rejected for enlistment in Citizen Military Forces on acount of withered arm)
Enlistment date21 September 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 5), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Sarah BRIGGS, 11 Mornington Road, Unley, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: 3426 Pte David Joshua PASCOE, 50th Bn, killed in action, 27 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 7 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 11 March 1916.

Proceeded to join 32nd Bn, and taken on strength, Duntroon Plateau, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Found guilty, Morbecque, 27 June 1916, of urinating in the lines: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Missing, 20 July 1916.

List of British Dead (Paybook handed to German authorities from N.O.A.O.K. 6) forwarded by Comite International de la Croix Rouge at Geneva to H.M. Minister at Berne. Assistant Adjutant General rules to be reported as 'Killed in action, 20 July 1916'.

Identification disc received from Germany (German Death List, 4 November 1916). No particulars were afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION 20/7/16.

Final German Death List, dated Melbourne, 15 October 1920: 'Killed in Action 20th July 1916. Hoffman C.R.S. 32 Austr. Batl. Fell 19.7.1916 at Fromelles.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsMother's address subsequently (1916) 35 Charles Street, Unley, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOFFMAN Clarence Rhody Swan
Red Cross file 1350511

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