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Alexander Arthur RATTRAY

Regimental number1417
Place of birthBrunswick, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationHorse driver
Address104 Rae Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 8"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Rattray, 104 Rae Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 November 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 2 February 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1342
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 22), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
170
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Sarah RATTRAY, 12 Freeman Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Admitted to 1st Casualty Clearing Station, Anzac, 2 September 1915 (dysentery), and transferred to Mudros; to Malta, 5 September 1915, and admitted to Military Hospital, Imtarfa, 9 September 1915; discharged to active service from St Barrabus Camp, 4 January 1916, and embarked for Egypt; rejoined 8th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 13 January 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of, 60th Bn, 24 February 1916.

Admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, 30 March 1916 (colic); transferred to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kebir, 30 March 1916; to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, Ismailia, 31 March 1916 (blistered feet); to 8th Field Ambulance, 31 March 1916 (constipation); discharged to unit, 1 April 1916.

Found guilty, Moascar, 9 June 1916, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military displine in that he, at Moascar at about 1900 on 8 June, by attending a school where gambling was being conducted and facilitated breached Brigade Routine Orders: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

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, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RATTRAY Alexander Arthur

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