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William George Giles FRIPP

Regimental number6609
Place of birthDongarra, Western Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationPacker
Addressc/o Mrs G Fewster, 18 Malbel Street, North Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Height5' 7.25"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Laura Fripp ,c/o Mrs G Fewster, 18 Mabel Street, North Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 April 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 April 1916
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 13 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 5 March 1919
Discharge date19 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 13 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 12 December 1916, and marched in to 4th Training Bn, Codford. Found guilty, 16 January 1917, of overstaying leave from Reveille, 12 January, to 0900, 15 January 1917: awarded 96 hours' Field Punishment No 2 and forfeited 8 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 3 February 1917; taken on strength, 16th Bn, 13 February 1917.

Wounded in action (gun shot wound, neck) and taken prisoner of war; Reincourt, France;imprisoned in Germany, 12 April 1917.

Repatriated; arrived in England, 23 November 1918. Admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 14 December 1918 (bronchitis); discharged, 27 December 1918, and granted leave, to report to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 10 January 1919.

Commenced return to Australia from Portland on board HT 'Nevasa', 5 March 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 13 April 1919; discharged, Perth, 19 June 1919 (medically unfit).

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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