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David ROACH

Regimental number2247
Place of birthWallan Wallan, Victoria
True NameHAWKE, Edward
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressShepparton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 8"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinBrother, B Roach, Shepparton, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 April 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A63 Karoola on 16 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 9), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
157
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 1st Bn, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915.

Found guilty, 5 September 1915, of bad language and behaviour disrespectful to an Officer: awarded 14 days' confined to barracks.

Found guilty, Mudros West, 8 October 1915, of being absent from Camp from 6000, 3 October, till 2100, 6 October 1915: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 4 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, from Reinforcements Camp, 30 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 28 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916, of being drunk in town about 1840, 30 December 1915: fined 2/6d.

Found guilty, 8 January 1916, of being absent without leave from Tattoo, 29 December 1915, till arrested at 1840, 5 January 1916: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and forfeited 8 days' pay by Royal Warrant.

Transferred to 53rd Bn, 13 February 1916, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 14 March 1916

Found guilty, 24 February 1916, of (1) breaking Camp; (2) being absent without leave from Tattoo, 23 February, till arrested by Cairo Picquet at 2100, 19 February 1916: awarded 28 days' detention, and forfeited 28 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Rejoined Bn from detention, 21 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.

Found guilty, 11 July 1916, of while on Active Service drunkenness and being absent from parade, 1400-1700, 7 July 1916: awarded 168 hours' Field Punishment No 2.

Reported Missing in Action, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 2 September 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROACH David

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