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Robert Stanley THORPE

Regimental number3392
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolTrinity State School, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGovernment messenger
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19.9
Height5' 8"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinFather, Robert Thorpe, 294 Elizabeth Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in Senior Cadets; 2 years in 93rd Derwent Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date20 August 1915
Place of enlistmentClaremont, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Orontes on 24 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
FateDied of wounds 13 September 1916
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialContay British Cemetery (Plot I, Row B, Grave No 31), Picardie, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Robert and Martha Thorpe, 294 Elizabeth Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 12th Bn, Railhead, Egypt, 1 March 1916.

Reverted to the ranks, Serapeum, 9 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 52nd Bn, Serapeum, 2 April 1916.

Found guilty, 27 March 1916, of being absent without leave from 5.30 pm and 8 pm parade: awarded 72 hours' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 12 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 3-4 September 1916 (gun shot wound, penetrating head and chest); admitted to 2nd Canadian Field Ambulance, 4 September 1916; transferred to 49th Casualty Clearing Station, 4 September 1916; died of wounds, 13 September 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, THORPE Robert Stanley

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