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Davis Depasse Joseph JOSEPH

Regimental number1055
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
SchoolChristian Brothers College
Address214 Cecil Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6.25"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Joseph, 214 Cecil Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Naval Cadets.
Enlistment date24 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships sailed from Melbourne carrying men from the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C, and D: HMAT A62,'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915, and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death16
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Leopold Emanuel and Lily Elizabeth JOSEPH, Golden Age Hotel, Geelong, Victoria. Native of Melbourne
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 7 January 1916 (mumps); discharged to duty and rejoined 31st Bn, 24 January 1916.

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 6 March 1916, of (1) breaking camp (2) absent without leave from 2130 hours, 4 March 1916, until 0700 hours, 6 March 1916: admonished by Major R. R. Hockley and forfeits 3 days' pay.

Found guilty, 10 June 1916, of absenting himself from a fatigue party without permission at Moascar, 6 June 1916: awarded 72 hours' Field Punishment No 2 by Major Eckersley.

Found guilty, 15 June 1916, whilst on inlying picket absenting himself from Company Lines from 1900 hours until 2123 hours at Moascar, 14 June 1916: awarded 168 hours Field Punishment No 2 by Commanding Officer.

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

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Note on B.103, buried at Fleurbaix, Sh.36 N.W.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1470409, 1687 Sergeant G.W. CUMMINGS, A Company, 31st Bn (patient, No 2 General Hospital (Casino), Havre), 24 November 1916: 'I saw him in the German Trenches at Fleurbaix on the 19th July, 1916, between 8 and 9 p.m. He had his heel blown away. We were advancing then and left him there. We retired next morning and that ground was retaken by the Germans.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Depas.
SourcesNAA: B2455, JOSEPH Davis Depasse Joseph
Red Cross file 1470409

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