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Aubrey LIDDELOW

Place of birthGippsland, Victoria
SchoolScotch College and South Melbourne College, Victoria
Other trainingUniversity of Melbourne, Victoria
OccupationState school teacher
Address29 Osborne Avenue, East Malvern, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation38
Next of kinWife, Mrs F T Liddelow, 29 Osborne Avenue, East Malvern, Victoria
Enlistment date11 November 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name8th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death39
Age at death from cemetery records39
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 14), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
168
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur and Helen LIDDELOW; husband of F. LIDDELOW
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Promoted Lieutenant, 25 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 25 April 1915 (gun shot wound, left ankle); admitted to Deaconnesses' Hospital, Alexandria, 30 April 1915; discharged to duty, 19 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to rejoin unit, 21 June 1916; rejoined unit, Gallipoli, 26 June 1915.

Slightly wounded, 12 July 1915 (injury, eye, chest); disembarked Malta, 20 July 1915; rejoined Bn, Sarpi Camp, Lemnos, 22 October 1915.

To command D Company temporarily, 22 October 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, 14 November 1915 (sprained amkle); transferred to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Lemnos, 14 November 1915; rejoined Bn, Gallipoli, 23 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Appointed Tempory Captain, 28 January 1916; promoted Captain, 20 February 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 24 February 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'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1600408: 'No trace Germany. Cert by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 3686 Sergeant S. BENT, A Company, 59th Bn, 24 August 1916: 'I saw Capt. Liddelow in a shell hole during the attack at Fleurbaix on July 19th. He was wounded and Pte. J. Gleeson, B. Co., was with him. About 5 minutes after I aw him, Gleeson crawled over to me and told me that he was dead. A shell had killed him.'

Second statement, 4588 Pte C.H. SAUNDERS, 59th Bn (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 23 August 1916: 'Saunders ... states he saw Capt. Liddelow wounded at fleurbaix. Mr. Liddelow had been over to [the] German trenches, and was coming back. he was severely wounded in the forehead. Saunders tried to help Mr. Liddelow back, but being badly wounded himself Mr. Liddelow ordered him back, this was between one and two in [the] morning of 19th. & 20th.[T]hat is the last seen of Mr. Liddelow, who was nearer the German trenches than his Battalion, as many High Explosive shells (sic).'
SourcesNAA: B2455, LIDDELOW Aubrey
Red Cross file 1600408

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