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John Murray KIPPIE

Regimental number31A
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressCabbage Tree Creek, Ipswich, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation42
Next of kinSister, Mrs Bessie Ward, Ruth Street, South Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship an individual in the Headquarters embarked. Two ships left Melbourne carrying men from the 31st Battalion: HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship an individual in the Headquarters embarked. Two ships left Melbourne carrying men from the 31st Battalion: HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll34
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records43
Place of burialAnzac Cemetery (Plot I, Row G, Grave No. 5), Sailly-Sur-La-Lys, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Eliza KIPPIE. Native of Toowoomba, Queensland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Statement, Red Cross File No 1520702, 1075 Lance Corporal C. BAYLESS, 31st Bn, 22 July 1916: 'I saw this man's head blown off with a shell while we were waiting to make the charge on Wednesday, July 19th. between 4.30 and 5.30 p.m. No one attended to him at the time, for everyone was getting what cover he could. It was at that moment that a magazine of ammunition blew up 20 paces away from where Pte Kippy (sic) was lying, so I should not think that much of him was left. We all had to move away from there, because the shelling was so hot. I think Pte Kippy is almost certain to be reported missing, as nothing had been got from him in the shape of a disc or paybook.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAge recorded incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as 18; no personal file held at National Archives of Australia.
SourcesRed Cross file 1520702

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