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Regimental number6858
Place of birthAlbert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolChristian Brothers (Catholic) School, Abbotsfield, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPostal assistant
Address36 Davidson Street, Richmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W H Van Prooyen, 36 Davidson Street, Richmond, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets.
Enlistment date8 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 4, Battery 12
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollBombardier
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEmbarked 15 November 1915, served in Egypt, Tel el-kikor, Armentieres, Somme, Ypres, Zillebecke and performed duties of signaller, narrowly escaped death on more than once occasion. Eventually killed in his telephone dugout with two of his mates.
FateKilled in Action 10 August 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialPerth Cemetery (China Wall) (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 33), Zilkbeke, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Son of James Henry VAN PROOYEN, 36 Davison Street, Richmond, Victoria

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