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Edward James HOPE

Regimental number4188
Place of birthPenrith, New South Wales
SchoolPenrith Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationRailway employee
AddressKingswood, Penrith, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Florence M Hope, Kingswood, Penrith, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 September 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A6 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialPheasant Wood Military Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Originally listed as 'No known grave'; listed on V.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France. Parents: William and Amy HOPE. Native of Kingswood, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to 54th Bn from 1st Training Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Translation of a German report, 28 October 1919, 'Pay Book was handed over by Intell Officer of 6th Army Hd. Qrs 17/8/16[.] Australian Soldier E. J. Hope, 54 Battalion, Iden. Disc 4188, fell in the neighbourhood of Fromelles 19/7/16.'

Red Cross File No 1370101: Note, 9 January 1917: 'The fact that Pte Hope's name appeared on the German Death Lists with mention of personal effects is only another proof that he died in the front trenches, but that his body was found & probably interred by the Germans.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOPE Edward James
Red Cross file 1370101

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