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Mervyn ROSS

Regimental number1040
Place of birthLion Mill, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWellington Mills via Dardanup, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Ross, Wellington Mills via Dardanup, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 6), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Mary ROSS, Mornington Mills, Treesville, Western Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 26 March 1916, of failing to appear on 0600 parade: awarded 1 day's extra guard.

Found guilty, Duntroon Plateau, 13 April 1916, of failing to appear on 1600 fatigue parade: awarded 2 extra fatigues, and 5 days' confined to camp.

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

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Identification disc received from Germany (German Death List, 4 November 1916). No particulars were afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION 20/7/16.

German report, 2 August 1916: 'austr. Sold. Ross, M. Nr. 1040. C. 32. A.I.F. am 19.7.16 in Gegen Fromelles gefallen.'

Red Cross Record No. 23606070, has statement by 1026 Sergeant J. PARKER-LAYOCK (patient, No 5 General Hospital, Rouen), 4 December 1916: 'This man [ROSS] was in the same bombing team as Informant, who saw him killed by a bomb in the German communication sap at Fromelles on the 19th July at about 9 p.m. Ross was recommended for the D.C.M. for his bravery at this action.'

Second statement, 1065 G. UNWIN (patient, No 8 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne), 8 December 1916: 'His Christian name was Mermon (sic). He was bombed in the enemy's trenches on the 20th July. Sgt. McDowell of C. Company, No. 1012 saw him and told me he was killed. There was tremendous shelling at the time, and when search parties went out afterwards they failed to find him, only 28 out of 212 came back, but pretty well all the wounded were brought in, but there were many left dead.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFather's address (1921): 160 Chelmsford Road, North Perth, Western Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, ROSS Mervyn
Red Cross file 23606070

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