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Sidney James MITCHELL

Regimental number2714
Place of birthStratford, Victoria
OccupationSaw miller
AddressStratford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, T Mitchell, Stratford, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of teeth)
Enlistment date20 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 17), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Lucy MITCHELL, Stratford, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2746 Pte Alfred Charles MITCHELL, 59th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916; 414 Pte William MITCHELL, 8th Light Horse Regiment, killed in action, 30 August 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 57th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916.

Transferred to and taken on strength, 59th Bn, 15 March 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: 'Presumed Buried In No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1790614, 2717 Pte J.B. McCORMICK, C Company, 58th Bn, 8 May 1917: 'I saw soldier lying dead in No Man's Land about half-way between our own and the German Front-line trenches at Fleurbaix on the morning of the 20th July, '16. I am sure of his identity as I came over from Victoria with him in the S.S. "Ulysses".'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MITCHELL Sidney James
Red Cross File No 1790614

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