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Sidney Gordon Barker PEAK

Regimental number739
Place of birthBenalla, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationDraper
AddressMcKellar Street, Benalla, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 9"
Weight132 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Peak, McKellar Street, Benalla, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the Senior Cadets (58th Bn).
Enlistment date6 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A41 Bakara on 5 November 1915
31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D sailed on two ships, HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9th November 1915 from Melbourne, and HMAT A41 Bakara, 5 November 1915, from Melbourne. It is not possible to tell from the Embarkation Roll on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 21 July 1916
Place of burialRation Farm Military Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row D, Grave No. 9), La Chapelle d'Armentieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Family/military connectionsBrother: 740 Pte Victor Thomas Henry PEAK, 31st Bn, returned to Australia, 3 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-H.M.T. 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Reported missing, 21 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 21 July 1916'.

Note on B.103, buried in the vicinity of Fleurbaix, Sh.36 N.W.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PEAK Sidney Gordon Barker
Red Cross file 2110810

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