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Donald Clarence Roy BLACK

Regimental number5328
Place of birthSouth Brighton, Victoria
SchoolState School No 1111, Moorabbin, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSwan Pool, Chelsea, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 6.5"
Weight114 lbs
Next of kinFather, W Black, Swan Pool, Chelsea, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 11 April 1917
Place of death or woundingFrance
Date of death11 April 1917
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialQueant Road Cemetery (Plot VI, Row B, Grave No. 32), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Annie Maria Agnes BLACK, Swanpool, Chelsea, Victoria, Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother: 68 Sergeant Sidney Rupert BLACK, 22nd Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 16 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 4 April 1916; disembarked Egypt (date not recorded).

Embarked Alexandria, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 16 June 1916, and marched in to 4th Training Bn, Rollestone.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 July 1916; taken on strength, 14th Bn, in the field, 6 September 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 18 August 1917.

Reported missing in action, 11 April 1917.

Court of Enquiry, held at Predefin, 13 November 1917, declared fate to be 'Killed in action, 11 April 1917'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 0400306D, 6150 Pte A. MOSS, C Company, 14th Bn, 22 October 1917: 'He was about 26 years of age, medium height and build, clean shaven and dark. He played football well. I saw him killed at Bullecourt on the morning of the 11th April, 1917, breaking day. I was alongside him when a bullet killed him instantly, shot through the heart, when in "No man's land", near the German wires. We did not hold the ground. Our dead were left behind.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BLACK Donald Clarence Roy
Red Cross File No 0400306D

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