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Roderick McAULAY

Regimental number4270
Place of birthChatsworth New South Wales
AddressMacpherson Street, Waverley, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation34
Height5' 6.5"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinFather, M McAulay, Macpherson Street, Waverley, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Scottish Rifles.
Enlistment date18 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll4270A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4391 Pte Hector McAULAY, 54th Bn, killed in action 19 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 20 December 1915; disembarked Suez, 17 January 1916.

Allotted to and proceeded to 54th Bn from 1st Trainin Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

Now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Buried at Sailly-sur-la-Lys Cemetery by Reverend W. M. Kennedy, 21 July 1916.

Note, Red Cross File No 1880504: 'Killed in Action 19-20-7-16[.] Cert. by A.I.F. Headquarters 27-4-17[.] Killed in Action 19-20-7-16 - Buried [by Rev. W.M. KENNEDY] Cemetery - Sailly-Sur-les Lys 2.25 miles E.N.E. of Estaires S.W. of Armentieres sheet 36 sq.G.22 C.26[.] Cert. by A.I.F. Headquarters 1-5-17.'

Statement, 2794 Sergeant H.P. CHRISTIE, 54th Bn, 23 March 1917: 'They [4270 R. McAULAY and 4391 H. McAULAY] were twins and in L.G. [Lewis Gun] Section. One of them (I think R. McAulay) was killed on July 19th., in the German front line at Fromelles. Sgt. Major Meiley of B. Coy told me this and I think he had seen him killed. I have heard that the other is P/W, but am not certain, and cannot remember informant's name.'

Second statement, 4206 Pte J. FITZGERALD, B Company, 54th Bn (patient, Red Cross Hospital, Netley, England), 16 February 1917: 'When we were occupying the trenches which we captured from the Germans at Fromelles on July 19/16. H. McAulay told Pte H. McCarthy of B Coy that his brother had been wounded.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, McAULAY Roderick
Red Cross file 1880504

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