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Francis Jacob OTTERSPOOR

Regimental number464
Place of birthUtrecht, Holland, The Netherlands
Place of birthPretoria, South Africa
SchoolState School
Age on arrival in Australia17
ReligionMethodist
OccupationSalesman
Addressc/o Mrs Walden, Ipswich Road, South Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 10"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinBrother, John Otterspoor, c/o Mrs Walden, Ipswich Road, South Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularFamily migrated to Australia.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialRue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row L, Grave No. 66), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of Servanus OTTERSPOOR, Cooper's Plains, Brisbane, and Hendrika Johanna VAN KESBEREN (his wife)
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 3900 Pte John OTTERSPOOR, 4th Pioneer Bn, killed in action, Villers-Bretonneux, France, 22 May 1918; 1210 Arnold OTTERSPOOR, 11th Light Horse, returned to Australia.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1916.

Admitted No 14 Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 17 April 1916 (balanitis); transferred to No 15 Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 17 April 1916 (venereal disease); to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916; discharged to and rejoined unit, 13 May 1916.

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

Found guilty, Morbecque, 3 July 1916, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline (talking in the ranks): awarded 4 days' confined to barracks by Captain W. Sharp.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Buried Eaton Hall Military Cemetery by Reverend S.A. Beveridge, 19 July 1916.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, OTTERSPOOR Francis Jacob

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