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Frederick RAWLINGS

Regimental number916
Place of birthBallarat, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationDraper's assistant
Addressc/o Mrs Mitchell, Howett Street, Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 5.75"
Next of kinMrs W. Mitchell, Howett Street, Wendouree, Ballarat, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll16 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBallarat, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row A, Grave No 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Mary RAWLINGS. Native of Ballarat, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 May 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916.

Previous report of wounded now, 28 July 1916, to be reported as 'Missing, 20 July 1916'.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

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

Statement, Red Cross File No 2241001, Lt S. SMITH, 31st Bn, 17 August 1919: 'Informant was officially informed at time that Rawlings was killed and buried in the Fleurbaix Cemetery (Churchyard). He has no details but is definately (sic) certain Rawlings was buried at the place mentioned.'

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

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 4), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, RAWLINGS Frederick
Red Cross file 2241001

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