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Raymond Holstein PFLAUM

Regimental number161
Place of birthBlumberg, South Australia
SchoolPrince Alfred College, Adelaide, South Australia
OccupationShop assistant
AddressBlumberg, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 8.5"
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Jane Pflaum, Blumberg, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets, 79th Bn, for 2 years; area subsequently deemed exempt under Compulsory Military Training scheme; member for 6 months, Blumberg Rifle Club; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
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.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateDied whilst a Prisoner of War 24 November 1916
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No 11), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Theodor and Mary PFLAUM, Birdwood, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrothers: [1591] Captain Elliott Frederick PFLAUM, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 6 May 1919; [327] 2nd Lt Theodor Milton PFLAUM, 25th Machine Gun Company, died of wounds, 24 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

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

Found guilty, 4 July 1916, of leaving picquet without permission: awarded 28 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Reported Missing in Action, 20 July 1916.

German Prisoner of War List dated 3 November 1916 received by Wounded and Missing Inquiry Bureau.

Confirmed died while Prisoner of War, 24 November 1916.

Report, 13 March 1917: 'Identification disc received from Germany. No particulars were afforded except that soldier is deceased.'

Note on file: 'austr. Sold. Pflaum, R.H. 32. Bn. am 19.7.16, in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, PFLAUM Raymond Holstein
Red Cross File No 2140810

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