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Reginald Percy PAKES

Regimental number5720
Place of birthNewtown, New South Wales
SchoolNorth Newtown Public School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Address143 Union Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, L Pakes, 143 Union Street, Newtown, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceHe was a compulsory training cadet.
Enlistment date17 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 3 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"He enlisted when only 16 years and ten months. While serving his country at the age of 17 years and 6 months, he saved a comrade out of a shell hole and soon after was wounded himself in the foot but he would not report himself, so that I his mother would know, but went on fighting with sand bags around his foot until his foot got too bad. He was admitted into hospital with septic poison and after doing his duty for two years and three months, he was killed in action on 18th September 1918. This lad also won the first class marksmanship at Perham Downs, England in 1916." [Mother: Annie Pakes of Newtown, NSW.]
FateKilled in Action 18 September 1918
Place of death or woundingMont St Quentin, France
Age at death19.6
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialHergicourt British Cemetery (Plot I, Row K, Grave No. 10), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick and Annie PAKES, 31 Munni Street, Newtown, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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