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Rupert Charles PEARCE

Regimental numberV65282
Place of birthJohannesburg, South Africa
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
AddressHampton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.6
Height5' 8"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Pearce, 'Elvinor', Thomas Street, Hampton, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the Senior Cadets; transferred to 68th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date9 May 1917
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 May 1917
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameAustralian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, Army Medical Corps
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/112/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Matunga on 27 July 1917
Regimental number from Nominal Roll65282
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force
FateReturned to Australia 9 January 1920
Discharge date17 May 1920
Other details

War service: SS 'Matunga' was captured by the German raiser 'Wolf', between Australia and Rabaul, 6 August 1917; all crew becoming prisoners of war in Germany.

Repatriated to England, 19 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board Ht 'Megantic', 9 January 1920; disembarked Melbourne, 20 February 1920; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Melbourne, 17 May 1920.

Meda: British War Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PEARCE Rupert Charles

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