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Russell William HOSIE

Regimental number1948
Place of birthBairnsdale, Victoria
SchoolBairnsdale State School, Bairnsdale, Victoria
AddressLigar Street, Bairnsdale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 8"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, Robert R Hosie, Ligar Street, Bairnsdale, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the 13th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date12 January 1915
Place of enlistmentBairnsdale, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 20), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Emily HOSIE, Ligar Street, Bairnsdale, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2844 Pte Gustave George HOSIE, 59th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 8th Bn, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 60th Bn, and taken on strength, 24 February 1916.

Loss of equipment due to neglect: to be debited in soldier's Pay Book, 20 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1370702: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 1744 Pte T. SALMON, 60th Bn (patient, Bolton Hospital, England), 26 October 1916: 'Informant states that on July 19th at Vermelles (sic), Hosie was killed in the advance. He was hit three times. Informant was next man to him and tried torouse him but couldn't.'

Second statement, 2666 Pte A. PICKARD, D Company, 60th Bn, 3 May 1917: 'I was near this man in the big attack at Fromelles on July 19/16. I saw him killed instantly by a shell. He was really blown to pieces. It was near "Levanti (sic) Front". Hosie had just got over when shell caught him. Ground was not held. It was not possible to bury him, fire was too heavy. Hosie was a brave man [who] would not remain in rear but pushed to the front.'

Third statement, 2666 Pte A. PICKARD, 60th Bn, 17 July 1917: 'At V.C. Avenue, Armentieres front, about 22nd or 23rd July 1916, I was in the line after the attack which took place on the 19th July and saw Pte. Hosie buried. I am certain that the body buried was that of Pte. Hosie, as he was well known to me, havingserved with me in the 8th Battalion.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOSIE Russell William
Red Cross File No 1370702

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