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Samuel JESSOP

Regimental number1692
Place of birthKatamatite, Victoria
SchoolKatamatite State School, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address6 Brown Street, Coburg, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 8.5"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinMary Jessop, 14 Wattletree Road, Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (did not register for Compulsory Training)
Enlistment date11 May 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe sailed with 2nd Reinforcements 22nd Battalion transferred to B Company 21st Bn served on Gallipoli. Was later transferred to 59th Bn. Was missing about 12 months afterwards reported killed 19 July 1916. (details from wife)
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 16), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
168
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Rebecca JESSOP; husband of M. JESSOP. Native of Cobram, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 270 Pte John Augusta JESSOP, 3rd Machine Gun Bn, returned to Australia 21 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 29 August 1915.

Admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, Anzac, 11 December 1915 (bronchitis); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 15 December 1915; to Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 29 December 1915; discharged to duty, 9 January 1916; joined 21st Bn, Moascar, 7 March 1916.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 57th Bn, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Trabnsferred to 59th Bn, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried in No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1440214 , 4962 Pte S.E. WATHEN, 57th Bn, 2 February 1917: 'Witness says he saw soldier killed in his dug-out in first line of trenches t Fleur Baix (sic), about July 26th., '16. Witness was close to soldier at the time of his death. Soldier was with two other sergeants talking, when a shell exploded and killed all three. Soldier lived about an hour afterwards, but remembered nothing.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, JESSOP Samuel
Red Cross file 1440214

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