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Richard David VENABLES

Regimental number6904
Place of birthBeetaloo, South Australia
SchoolLaura Public School, South Australia
ReligionBaptist
OccupationLabourer
AddressLaura, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 3.5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E E Venables, Laura, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the 24th (Flinders) Light Horse Regiment, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date24 July 1917
Place of enlistmentLaura, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 30 October 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 29 June 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death19.10
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialVillers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery (Plot VII, Row E, Grave No. I), Fouilloy, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
147
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Uriah Alfred (d. 3 August 1939, aged 69; bu. Laura Cemetery) and Eliza Edith (d. 2 April 1946, aged 72; bu. Laura Cemetery) VENABLES, Laura, South Australia
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 30 October 1917; admitted to ship's hospital, at sea, 29 November 1917; discharged from hospital, 17 December 1917 (no futher details recorded); disembarked devonport, England, 27 December 1917, and marched in to 6th Training Bn, Fovant.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 April 1918; taken on strength, 48th Bn, in the field, 6 April 1918.

Killed in action, 29 June 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, VENABLES Richard David

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