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Robert Thomas MAUDSLEY

Regimental number137
Place of birthGrindleton, Clitheroe, Lancashire, England
SchoolGrindleton National School, England
Age on arrival in Australia22
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGrindleton, Yorkshire, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 6.75"
Weight137 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Maudsley, Grindleton, Yorkshire, England
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for enlistment in 11th Hussars, British Army, on account of 'bad teeth')
Enlistment date22 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
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.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death27
Place of burialPheasant Wood Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row C, Grave No 4), Fromelles, Nord, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsCousin: Pte J. BELL, killed in action.
Other details

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

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

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Prisoner of War German list dated 4 November 1916 received by Wounded and Missing Inquiry Bureau.

File (p. 7) bears notation: 'Identification disc received from Germany. No particulars were afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION 20/7/16.'

German report, 2 August 1916: 'austr. Sold. Maudsley, R.T. Erk.Mrk. 137, 32.Bn am 19.7 in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

Note on Red Cross File no 1740508: 'The above name appeared in German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Note on file: 'Identity disc received from Germany and forwarded to N/K. 11.5.17.'

Originally listed as 'No known grave'; remains identified following discovery of a mass grave in 2009

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MAUDSLEY Robert Thomas
Red Cross file 1740508

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