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Donald Curteis McCAUL

Regimental number1980
Place of birthElsternwick, Victoria
SchoolBrighton Grammar School, Victoria
Other trainingServed in the Cadets, Citizen Military Forces.
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
Address243 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 10"
Weight178 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emma Wimberley, 243 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 46th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date18 January 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, 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 death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 18), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
170
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Curteis and Emma Wimberley McCAUL, 243 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 8th Bn, Gallipoli, 10 July 1915.

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

Transferred to 60th Bn, Serapeum, 22 February 1916; taken on strength, 24 February 1916.

Found guilty, 24 April 1916, of neglect of duty in that he at Duntroon Plateau failled to supply a fatigue party ordered for 0450 24 April 1916: reprimanded.

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

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Died. Effects in German hands 19 July 1916 being reported as killed in action.

Note on B103, 21 October 1916: 'Identity disc found among effects of P. of W. & handed in to General Military Pay Office without further particulars.'

Note on file: 'Austr. Sold. Mc. Cauld, 60. Austr. Batl. Am 19.7.in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

Red Cross File No 1890501: 'Died near Fromelles. Buried 28.J.D. [B?].a.4.3.'

Statement, 2579 BESWELL [BOSWELL?], 22 September 1916: 'At Fleurbaix on 19th, he was platoon commander of D. Co. I was right guide and he was near me, about 50 yards from our parapet. He was hit and suddenly collapsed. I think killed outright. We reired [unclear: retreated?] then as there were only about three men fit to proceed. I knew the Sgt. well, no mistake about him.'

'Interned - Gefallen 19-7/16 in Gegend Fromelles. Cert. by German death list dated 20-2-17.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Donald Curtis McCAUL.
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCAUL Donald Curteis
Red Cross File No 1890501

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