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William James Oliver McPHEE

Regimental number119
Place of birthBrunswick, Victoria
SchoolState School No 1213, Brunswick, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address14 Howson Street, West Brunswick, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 8"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Alice McPhee, 20 Mary Street, West Brunswick, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
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
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHad previously enlisted in the AIF, but had discharged on account of his wife?s health and the need to look after their five children (from Alice McPhee's letters, 14 July 1915 and 9 January 1919).
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 5), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
120
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Ann McPHEE; husband of Alcie McPHEE, 17 Mary Street, West Brunswick, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3870 Pte Norman Donald McPHEE, killed in action, 29 June 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMAT 'Geelong', 18 December 1915.

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

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 12 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McPHEE William James Oliver
Red Cross file 1970206

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