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Vivian Henry AULTON

Regimental number1971
Place of birthBroken Hill, New South Wales
SchoolBroken Hill Public School, New South Wales
Address40 Bromide Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6.25"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Aulton, 40 Bromide Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date1 September 1915
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death19.2
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 2), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Susan AULTON, 82 Bromide Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 16 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.

Proceeded to 30th Bn from 8th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 1 April 1916; taken on strength, 30th Bn, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, 23 July 1917, pronounced that previous report of missing, now killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Statement, 2064 Pte W. HOLBERT, 30th Bn (patient, Bath War hospital, Bristol, England), 19 March 1917: 'Aulton was killed in between our line and the Germans on July 19th 1916 at Fromelles about 9 p.m. The Australians had captured the German trench and Aulton was carrying ammunition to them with me and another man (name unknown) when a high explosive shell burst in front of us, killing the other two and wounding me.'

Second statement, 2400 Pte V. McCORMACK, B Company, 30th Bn, 11 March 1917: '[T]he last time I saw him was retiring from the German trench to our own line. He was either killed or taken prisoner ... '

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsMother's address subsequently, 82 Bromide Street, Broken Hill, New South Wales; then 'La Loma', 274 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, South Australia; then, 61 Finniss Street, Lower North Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, AULTON Vivian Henry
Red Cross file 160903

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