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William RITCHIE

Regimental number7071
Place of birthBullarook, nr Ballarat, Victoria
SchoolBullarook State School, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationEngine driver
Address19 Gillies Street, West Ballarat, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 9.5"
Weight163 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr J Ritchie, 19 Gillies Street, West Ballarat, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 September 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 23 August 1918
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialTincourt New British Cemetery (Plot VII, Row H, Grave No. 15), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
45
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on Roll of Honour, Peacock Hall, Ballarat High School, Victoria. Parents: John and Florence RITCHIE, 19 Gillies Street, Ballarat West, Victoria
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 23 November 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 29 January 1917; marched in to 2nd Training Bn, Durrington, 30 January 1917.

Admitted to Fargo Military Hospital, 20 March 1917; discharged to Depot, 11 April 1917 (no further details recorded).

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 May 1917; taken on strength, 5th Bn, in the field, 29 May 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 10 February 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 5 March 1918.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 6 June 1918 (influenza), and transferred to 58th Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to duty, 13 June 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 16 June 1918.

Killed in action, 23 August 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, RITCHIE William

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