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Matthew Dunlop BICKET

Regimental number3245
Place of birthTungamah, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address54 Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Ryan, 38 Lincoln Road, Essendon, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Date of death19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 19), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2560 Pte Robert Turnbull BICKET, 5th Bn, returned to Australia, 5 April 1918
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 8th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916.

Transfererd to 60th Bn, and taken on strength, 24 February 1916.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 29 April 1916, of being absent without leave and insolence, i.e. failing to report at the swimming parade at 1430 on 29 April: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note on Red Cross File No 370901: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 2934 Pte S.R. HUGHES, 57th Bn, 4 May 1917: 'He saw soldier lying in "No Man's Land", and on discovering him to be dead, took his disc from the body and handed it in. He knew soldier very well, and is positive it was soldier as he had been in the 8th Btn and 60th Btn, with him.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BICKET Matthew Dunlop
Red Cross File No 370901

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