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Howard James RANDALL

Regimental number1558
Place of birthKingston, South Australia
SchoolKingston Public School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine cleaner
AddressKingston, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 5.25"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinFather, Samuel Randall, Kingston, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 6 months in the 22nd Australian Light Horse Regiment, Kingston: resigned; previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of teeth.
Enlistment date15 July 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row D, Grave No 10), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Samuel and Eliza RANDALL. Native of Kingston, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Taken on strength, B Company, Ismailia, 24 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 12 July 1916 (diarrhoea), and transferred to Divisional Rest Station; discharged to unit, and rejoined Bn, in the field, 15 July 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Identification disc received from Germany (German Death List, 4 November 1916). No particulars were afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION 20/7/16.

German report, 30 July 1916: 'Randall, H.F. (sic) Nr. 1558. austr. Sold. am 19.7.16 in Gegen Fromelles gefallen.'

Note on Red Cross File No 2240113: 'The above name appeared on German death List dated 4-11-16.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 6), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, RANDALL Howard James
Red Cross file 2240113

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