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Donald Ewen ROSS

Regimental number4889
Place of birthWarrnambool, Victoria
SchoolPenshurst State School, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressMeldrum, Dorrigo, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation41
Height5' 11.25"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr A Ross, Church Street, Wollongong, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date19 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 September 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1915
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, Fromelles, France
Date of death20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records41
Place of burialAnzac Cemetery, Sailly-LSur-La-Lys (Plot I, Row F, Grave No.5), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
163
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Wollongong General Cemetery, New South Wales. Parents: Alexander and Mary ROSS, 40 Church Street, Wollongong, New South Wales. Native of Victoria, Australia. Note different date of death.
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4888 Corporal Charles Alexander ROSS, 56th Bn, returned to Australia, 2 June 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 56th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Buried at Sailly-sur-la-Lys Cemetery by Reverend W.M. Holliday, 20 July 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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