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David SUMMERS

Regimental number635
Place of birthAvoca, Victoria
SchoolAvoca State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSaddler and harness maker
AddressMoonambel, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6.5"
Weight116 lbs
Next of kinFather, David Summers Snr, Avoca, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSurrey Hills, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentBugler
Unit name8th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 19), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
171
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: David and Mary Elizabeth SUMMERS. Native of Avoca, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

With 8th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 26 January 1916.

Detached to 1st Division Trench Mortar Battery, 1 February 1916; rejoined 8th Bn from detachment, 19 February 1916.

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

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'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2670202: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Statement, 3834 Pte A.L. KITCHEN, 8th Bn, 7 June 1918: 'I am sorry to say that the only details known by me is (sic) that he was buried at Fleurbaix.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SUMMERS David
Red Cross File No 2670202

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