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Harold MATES

Regimental number515
Place of birthNyora, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
AddressKyabram Hotel, Kyabram, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 11"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, Richard Mates, Kyabram Hotel, Kyabram, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying 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. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying 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. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death25
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row L, Grave No. 77), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Sarah MATES; husband of Dorothy Edith MATES, 7 Hopetoun Street, Camberwell, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Found guilty, 11 April 1916, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline, in that he failed to report for duty at Duntroon Plateau, 11 April 1916: awarded 2 hours' Pack Drill by Captain E. Murphy.

Found guilty, 9 May 1916, of breaking out of the ranks without permission while on the march at Ferry Post, 9 May 1916: awarded 24 hours' Field Punishment No 2 by Major Eckersley.

Found guilty, 31 May 1916, of (1) being absent from parade, (2) refusing to obey an order given by a superior officer at Moascar, 30 May 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, 19 July 1916.

Previous report of missing, now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Buried Eaton Hall Cemetery, Croix Blanche, by Reverend G. Cranston, 20 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MATES Harold

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