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Regimental number4885
Place of birthNeuchatel, Switzerland
SchoolPublic in School in Switzerland and Grammar School in Coventry, England.
Age on arrival in Australia20
OccupationScroll maker
Address15 Barnacliff Avenue, Bondi, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9.5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFather, E Verpillot, 15 Barnacliff Avenue, Bondi, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll53rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row D, Grave No 2), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles Euguene and Berthe VERPILLOT, 15 Barracluff Avenue, Bondi, New South Wales. Native of Neuchatel, Switzerland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength 53rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.

Reported as missing in action, 19 July 1916.

Identification disc received from Germany, no particulars afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as killed in action, 19 July 1916, on the authority of the Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section, War Office, 24 February 1917.

Advice received from Australian Red Cross, Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, 18 October 1920, 'Verpillo[t] A. 4885. 53 Batl. A.T.F. Fell 19.7.16 near Fromelles. Final German Death List, S'

On 8 August 1922, the Officer in Charge, Australian Graves Services, wrote, 'Although exhaustive searches and investigations have been made with the object of locating the grave of the above named [Pte Verpillot], it has not been possible either to locate his actual burial place or obtain any information which might indicate his probable original or present resting place.'

Red Cross File No 2820107: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16'.

Statement, 4828 Pte A. McKELL, B Company, 53rd Bn, 30 December 1918: '[He was] Of B. Coy. on 19th July at Fleurbaix during general action, was killed by bullet, don't know where hit. I saw his body on the field, in No Man's Land, close to L/Cpl. E.A. Hubbard, and J. LARKIN. We were taken P/W next day.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 9), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
Miscellaneous detailsFather's subsequent address 'Ville des pins', Caromb, Vaucluse, France
SourcesNAA: B2455, VERPILLOT Aime
Red Cross File No 2820107

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