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Frederick Edmund RATCLIFFE

Regimental number4570
Place of birthEast Charlton, Victoria
SchoolBallarat State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDriver
Address67 Humphrey Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 2.25"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs A Ratcliffe, 67 Humphrey Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected on account of height)
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBallarat, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death34.5
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialRue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row A, Grave No 1), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
168
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Francis RATCLIFFE; Wife: Annie RATCLIFFE, 25 Waratah Street, Geelong, Victoria
Family/military connectionsNil
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 58th Bn, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 3 May 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to duty and rejoined Bn, 12 May 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 19 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RATCLIFFE Frederick Edmund

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