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Allan William James IRVING

Regimental number1528
Place of birthUnley, South Australia
SchoolPlympton Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressNorth Edwardstown, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 9.5"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alice Maude Irving, Castle Street, North Edwardstown, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the 75th Bn, Senior Cadets; transferred to 78th Bn, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date15 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row E, Grave No 4), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Alice IRVING, Edward Street, Glandore, South Australia. Native of Adelaide
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1534 Lance Corporal Herbert Victor Clement IRVING MSM, 27th Bn, returned to Australia, 28 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

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

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Prisoner of War German List dated 4 November 1916 received by Wounded & Missing Enquiry Bureaua.

Previously reported Prisoner of War. Now reported Killed in Action. Death reported from Germany.

German report, 2 August 1916: 'austr. Sold. Irving, A.W.J. 32.A.I. C.E. Nr. 1528. am 19.7.16 in Gegen Fromelles gefallen.'

Note on Red Cross File No 1410414: ''Died a prisoner of war. Cert. by - German Death List dated 4-11-16. His identification disc is in German hands.'

Note on file: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Note on file: 'Killed in action 20.7.16. previously reported Prisoner of War. Cert. by A.I.F. Headquarters 19.5.17.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 5), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
Miscellaneous detailsMother's address subsequently Edward Street, Glandore, South Australia.
SourcesNAA: B2455, IRVING Allan William James
Red Cross file 1410414

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