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Regimental number2138
Place of birthMaryhill, Glasgow, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia28
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 5.75"
Weight178 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Mrs Andrina Roach, Shaddon Street, Cessnock, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 September 1915
Place of enlistmentWest Maitland, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Native of Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 18 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.

Taken on strength of 31st Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 1 April 1916.

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

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916.

Previous report of wounded now, 20 October 1916, to be reported as wounded and missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 August 1916, pronounces fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1250603, 2165 Pte A.B. QUINLAN, 31st Bn (patient, 2nd General Hospital (Quai), Havre), 21 November 1916: 'It came through in our orders that he was killed. A shell struck him and blew his head right off in "no man's land" at Fleurbaix.'

Second statement, 2nd Lt J.S. GAMBLE, 31st Bn (patient, 5th Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Welwyn, England), 29 November 1916: '[He] was killed at Fleurbaix on July 20th. He himself saw the body n (sic) blown over the parapet.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSister, Mrs B. Leitch, 12 Legbrannock, Holytown, Scotland
SourcesNAA: B2455, HAMILTON Robert
Red Cross file 1250603

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