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Regimental number2477
Place of birthWarrnambool, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address113 Bank Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 4.25"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Kate Cameron Sheldrick, 113 Bank Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 22), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 22nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 8 January 1916.

Admitted from Canal Zone to 6th Field Ambulance, Ismailia, 6 February 1916 (herpes), and transferred to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station; to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916, and admitted, 3 April 1916 (iritis); discharged, 17 April 1916.

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 20 April 1916.

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

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2480302: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 4774 Pte G.T. CLAY, D Company, 60th Bn, 30 November 1916: 'Pte. R. Mason, XVI Pl, D. Co, was with him when he died at Fleurbaix on July 19th. Sheldrick was badly wounded and died out in No Man's Land. Mason stayed with him until his death, and gave me the facts a few nights later when he came in.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHELDRICK Richard
Red Cross File No 2480302

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