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Regimental number233
Place of birthEngland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSelwin, Essex, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8"
Weight162 lbs
Next of kinFather, Frank W. Palmer, Selwyn, Plaistowe, Essex, England
Enlistment date1 September 1915
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameMining Corps 1, Company 1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 20 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Tunnelling Company
FateDied at sea 2 February 1919
Date of death24 February 1919
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialCharleroi Communal Cemetery (Row H, Grave No. 2), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frank and Elizabeth PALMER, 6 Selwyn Road, Plaistow, Lonson. native of Forest Gate, London

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Disembarked Marseilles, France, 5 May 1916; detrained Hazebrouck, 8 May 1916.

Awarded Military Medal, 9 May 1917.

Found guilty, 5 November 1917, of whilst on active service, being absent without leave from 1130 hours, 25 October 1917, until 1830 hours, 25 October 1917: forfeits 4 days' pay with a total forfeiture of 5 days' pay.

On leave, 2 March 1918; rejoined unit, 19 March 1918.

Found guilty, 22 June 1918, of whilst on active service, (1) resisting an escort: (2) being absent without leave from 2130 hours, until 2315 hours, 19 June 1918; (3) contravention of General Routine Order 3718; (4) drunkenness: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to hospital, 15 October 1918, and rejoined unit the same day.

On leave to the United Kingdom, 10 January 1919; rejoined unit, 13 February 1919.

Admitted to No 2 Australian Field Ambulance, 15 February 1919, and transferred to No 20 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (influenza); placed on dangerously ill list, No 20 Casualty Clearing Station, 20 February 1919.

Died of broncho-pneumonia, No 20 Casualty Clearing Station, 24 February 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PALMER Oscar

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