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Percy MORTIMORE

Regimental number22
Place of birthBowden, South Australia
SchoolBrompton Public School, South Australia
Other trainingLabourer
ReligionProtestant
OccupationLabourer
Address8th Street, Bowden, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8.5"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Mortimore, 8th Street, Bowden, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 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.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
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 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death18.8
Age at death from cemetery records18
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 6), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
121
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Mark and Mary MORTIMORE, 8th Street, Bowden, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3188 Lance Sergeant Sydney George MORTIMORE DCM, 50th Bn, returned to Australia, 20 November 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

Found guilty, 20 December 1915, of (1) being absent from all parades, (2) breaking camp and going to Cairo: forfeited 2 days' pay for being absent, and forfeited 4 days' pay for breaking camp.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; found guilty, at sea, 21 June 1916, of being late on 1000 hours parade: forfeits 1 day's pay; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to No 4 Field Ambulance, then transferred to No 5 Divisional Rest Station, 12 July 1916 (debility); discharged and rejoined 32nd Bn, 13 July 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'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1830910, 91 Sergeant A. ERRINGTON, A Company, 32nd Bn, 11 December 1916: 'I saw him wounded in the leg in the German third line at Fromelles on July 20. Blood was running out through his puttee. I tried to make him go back, but he refused and went on filling sand bags. He did not answer roll call when we got back, nor did he go through the dressing station.' MBV
SourcesNAA: B2455, MORTIMORE Percy
Red Cross file 1830910

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