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Clifford Nicholls OATES

Regimental number1025
Place of birthClare, South Australia
SchoolPerth Boys' Central School, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationAuctioneer
Address29 Leonard Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 11"
Weight163 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Oates, 29 Leonard Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year in the 11th Infantry, Citizen Military Force: resigned.
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 4), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
121
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Phillip and Mary OATES, 99 Woolwich Street, West Leederville, Western Australia. Native of Clare, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

Found guilty, Ismailia, 22 January 1916, of being absent from 0900 hours until 1800 hours: forfeited 3 days' pay.

Promoted to Lance Corporal, Ferry Post, 26 May 1916.

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

Wounded, 19 July 1916.

Previous report of wounded, now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, OATES Clifford Nicholls
Red Cross file 2030101

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