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Regimental number3217
Place of birthWangaratta, Victoria
SchoolHurdle Creek State School No 2536, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCollie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation42
Height5' 8"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinBrother, John Shanks, Bobinawarra, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date7 November 1916
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name48th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 23 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 12 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records43
Place of burialTyne Cot Cemetery (Plot XLII, Row G, Grave No 8), Passchendaele, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James Clarke and Rose Ann SHANKS
Family/military connections1st Cousin: 5421 Lance Corporal Gordon Frederick McALIECE, 8th Bn, killed in action, 11 August 1918; 2nd Cousin: 170 Sergeant Ernest McALIECE, 10th Light Horse Regiment, killed in action, 7 August 1915.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 23 December 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 16 February 1917; marched in to 12th Training Bn, Codford, 6 March 1917.

Admitted to hospital, Codford, 15 May 1917 (mumps); marched in to 12th Training Bn from hospital, 26 May 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 June 1917; taken on strength, 48th Bn, in the field, 17 July 1917.

Detached for duty to 4th Australian Division Headquarters, 21 September 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHANKS David

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