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Roy Clifford MILTON

Regimental number31
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolRockhampton Grammar School, Queensland; Sydney Grammar School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCarthage Street, Tamworth, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 7.75"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinFather, W J Milton, c/o A.M.P. Society, Carthage Street, Tamworth, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed as Sergeant, 18th Bn, North Sydney (Compulsory Military Training scheme).
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularPassed Junior University Exam, 1913; 1st Football, 1914, 1915; All Schools First XV, 1914; Honour Cap and Colours; Stroked Champion Eight Oar Crew, 1915; Sub-Prefect, 1915. A fine athlete. (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row K, Grave No. 53), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Walter John and Mary MILTON, 39 Osborne Road, Manly, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3186 Pte Ernest Arthur Walter MILTON, 6th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 4 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 30 January 1916; transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 30 January 1916 (exposure to sun); discharged, 3 February 1916.

Transferred to 8th Machine Gun Company, 9 March 1916; taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 11 March 1916.

Found guilty, 2nd Rail Head, 8 April 1916, of riding on a camel contrary to Brigade Order 100/1: admonished.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported wounded in action, 20 July 1916; subsequently reported killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Buried in Eaton Hall Cemetery; reported by Rev. S.A. BEVERIDGE, attached to 29th Bn.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1780805, 958 Pte H. PALMER, 8th Machine Gun Company (patient, No 4 Australian General Hospital, Randwick), 1 March 1917 ['A careful and reliable witness']: I saw his dead body in our trench, as I returned from the German trench on 20.7.16. at Fleurbaix (sic). He was hit in the head, and I heard afterwards that one shell had killed two or three of them. I feel sure that he was killed outright.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsRegimental number incorrectly recorded as 21 on NAA site.
SourcesNAA: B2455, MILTON Roy Clifford
Red Cross File No 1780805

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