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Oscar Eric BAUMANN

Regimental number10
Place of birthHahndorf, South Australia
SchoolParkside Public School, South Australia
ReligionLutheran
OccupationJoiner
AddressEastwood, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 7"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMrs Maria Louise Baumann, c/o Mr H Bowman, 15 Frederick Street, Unley
Previous military serviceServed in 74th Regiment, Senior Cadets; then as Sergeant, 74th InfantryCitizen Military Forces, Unley, South Australia; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death20.1
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 4), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Mr C.H. and Mrs M.L. BAUMANN. Native of Ambleside, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Found guilty, 32nd Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 15 April 1916, of failing to appear at Orderly Room at 0345 hours; reprimanded.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 16 April 1916, of neglecting to see all kits in company lines were laid out as laid down by his commanding officer: admonished.

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

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Posted as missing for three months and struck off strength, 20 October 1916.

'List of British Dead - Disc 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 ruled, 3 October 1916, to be reported as killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Translation of an undated German message states, 'Identity disc handed over by Intell: Officer of 6th Army Hd. Qrs. 17/8/16. Herewith is confirmed a Death Card according to which Australian Prisoner of War Sergeant O.E. Baumann, Iden: Disc 10, 32nd Btn. died on 2/7/16.'

Red Cross File No 280603: 'Name appears on German Death List dated 9-9-16.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAUMANN Oscar Eric
Red Cross file 280603

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