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Edric Neill TOOPE

Regimental number190
Place of birthParkland, South Australia
AddressRose Street, Mile End, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Hannah Toope, same address
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date17 January 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 January 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Richard and Hannah TOOPE. Plaque in South Australian Garden of Remembrance.

Military Medal

'On the 4th July, 1918, during the attack in the vicinity of HAMEL, Private TOOPE displayed fine leadership and initiative. Finding himself and a few more men cut off from their Platoons by the barrage he immediately organised them into a party and led them into HAMEL as a mopping up party. He captured several dugouts with concealed machine guns and one Officer and 20 other ranks. His leadership and personal example carried his squad on, and he set a fine example of initiative and courage during a very critical part of the attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date4 April 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orsova', 8 January 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 18 February 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 4 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death12 June 1938
Age at death48
Place of burialDudley Park Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, TOOPE Edric Neill

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