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Regimental number4946
Place of birthOldham, Lancashire, England
SchoolMoss Side Board, Manchester, England
Age on arrival in Australia13.6
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
Addressc/o Miss Gurney, Bellvue Road. Woollahra, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 9"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Needham, c/o Miss Gurney, Bellvue Road, Woollahra, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 January 1916
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death from cemetery records18
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 11), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Walter and Elizabeth Ann NEEDHAM, Kepple Street, Bathurst, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 54th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

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

Killed in action, 19/20 July 1916.

German report, 2 August 1916 and confirmed on 11 October 1919, 'austr. Sold. Needham, A. Nr. 4946, 54. A.I. am 19.7.16 in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

On 23 February 1920 the Officer in Charge of Base Records wrote to Mrs E. A. Needham, the mother of Private Needham, and noted, 'I regret to state no burial particulars have yet been received in regard to your son ... '

Red Cross File No 1981002: 'Identity disc received from Germany and despatched to N/K. 20.6.17.'

'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsMother's address subsequently c/o Mrs Wallace Smith, 'The Chalet', Bathurst, New South Wales; then, c/-Dr Zieler, 'Cresson', New South Head Road, Double Bay, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, NEEDHAM Arnold
Red Cross file 1981002

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