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Robert William RYAN

Regimental number2716
Date of birth1889
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressSouth Grafton, North Coast, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinFriend, Mrs Sarah Ann Fredwell, Morehead Street, Redfern, New South Wales
Enlistment date15 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name45th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/62/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2964 Pte Peter Richard RYAN [FREDEWELL], 59th Bn, killed in action, 29 September 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous details

Real name: Robert William Frederick FREDEWELL; used a false name in order to increase his age and join the AIF. Family anglicised the German name; spelling varied. Note spelling of 'Friend' [i.e. mother], given as next of kin: Sarah FREDWELL.

Date of death16 October 1952
Age at death63
Place of burialCremated: ashes interred in Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales.

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