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Reginald Arthur FURZE

Regimental number1265
Place of birthAdelaide South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNarrogin, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 3.5"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs N E Furze, Steera Street, Bridgetown, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, D 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 burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 5), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrother: 946 Sergeant Norman Burchill FURZE, 32nd Bn, returned to Australia, 23 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-H.M.A.T. 'Geelong', 18 December 1915.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, Serapeum, 10 January 1916 (not yet diagnosed); transferred to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 12 January 1916 (influenza); discharged to duty and 32nd Bn, Ferdan, 15 January 1916.

Admitted No 8 Field Ambulance, Moascar, 29 May 1916 (heat exhaustion); discharged to unit, 31 May 1916; rejoined 32nd Bn, Moascar, 3 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916.

Admitted to No 8 Field Ambulance, on board 'Transylvania', 18 June 1916 (enteritis); discharged 19 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'.

Note on Red Cross File No 1120909: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills, 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FURZE Reginald Arthur
Red Cross file 1120808
Red Cross file 1120909

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