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Robert Frederick PEIPER

Regimental number2764
Place of birthFitzroy, Victoria
SchoolCobden State School, Victoria
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 4.5"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinMr Frederick Peiper, Traralgon, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Unit name22nd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 17), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick and Jane Isabella PEIPER, Hotham Street, Traralgon, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 57th Bn, Tel el Kebir.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of, 59th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Admitted to 15th Field Ambulance, Staging Camp, 4 April 1916 (bronchitis); rejoined 59th Bn, Ferry Post, 10 April 1916.

Sick to hospital, 1 June 1916; rejoined Bn same day (no further details recorded).

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, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, 19 July 1916'.

File bears notation (p. 3): 'Presumed buried in No Man's Land approx at 5J90.43 to 5K0.2.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2130106, 2695 Pte G.R. JACOBSEN, 59th Bn, 25 August 1917: 'On the 19th of July 1916 he was alongside me as we crossed No Man's Land and when about 150 yards out I saw him fall he having been hit in the right side of the groin. On asking him if he was hit he fell back making no reply. In my opinion he died instantly.'

Second statement, 2795 Corporal W.F. SKINNER, D Company, 59th Bn, 1 June 1917: 'I was told by Pt. (sic) G.R. Jacobsen ... that at Fromelles on the 19th July we were attacking; we failed in our objective and had to retire to our lines which we held. During the attack Jacobsen saw Peiper hit by a shell; he was blown to pieces. Jacobsen was close to him.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, PEIPER Robert Frederick
Red Cross File No 2130106

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