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Raymond Hadden CHOAT

Regimental number67
Place of birthClarence Park, South Australia
SchoolGoodwood Public School, South Australia
Other trainingUniversity
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
AddressFrancis Street, Clarence Park, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alice Mary Choat, Francis Street, Clarence Park, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 5A), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
120
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Goodwood Public School Roll of Honor. Photo: Peter Dennis. Parents: Joseph and Alice CHOAT, Francis Street, Clarence Park, South Australia. Native of Adelaide
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 66 Pte Archibald Percy CHOAT, 32nd Bn, killed in action, 20 July 1916; 68 Pte Wesley Paul CHOAT MM, 32nd Bn, returned to Australia, 12 May 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 11 January 1916 (gun shot wound, leg, slight); transferred to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 13 January 1916; discharged to duty, 20 January 1916; rejoined 32nd Bn, Ismailia, 21 January 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held at Ferdan, 11 January 1916, pronounced wounding as accidental and self-inflicted; proceedings confirmed by General Officer Commanding, 8th Brigade, 22 January 1916.

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

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 12 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 730212, 2321 W.J. De Boar, 32nd Bn, 23 May 1917: 'This man was killed on No-Man's Land in the Fromelles attack on July 19th 1916. I saw him brought in, his breast was torn open and a piece of shell had penetrated the heart. I was at his burial on 20.7.16 at Military Cemetery Nr. Sailly Farm. Fleurbaix.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CHOAT Raymond Hadden
Red Cross file 730212

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