The AIF Project

Ernest Edward CATCHPOLE

Regimental number1899
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSash maker
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, Herbert Joseph Catchpole, 59 Clarke Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the Senior Cadets; 3 years in the 52nd Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date21 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialRue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 1), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 21st Bn, Gallipoli, 12 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 27 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 3 January 1916 (tonsilitis); transferred to Helouan Convalescent Depot, 14 January 1916 (otitis media); discharged to Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 18 January 1916.

Transferred to and taken on strength, 60th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 20 April 1916.

Admitted to 1st New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Moascar, 2 June 1916, and discharged and rejoined Bn same day (no further details recorded).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 710302, 2357 Pte R.J. ALFORD, B Company, 60th Bn (patient, No 22 General Hospital, Etaples), 2 December 1916: 'I have seen his grave at Rifle Villa Road, near Fleurbaix, with a cross and inscription on it.'

Second statement, SA, 2 March 1917: 'Date of death 20.7.16. Buried in Grave No. 14. Row A.1. Fleurbaix Military Cemetery. by Pioneer Sgt. C.F. McBain. Chaplain: Capt. F.P. Williams. Ascertained from Burial Records supplied by Sgt. McBain and personally inspected by me.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CATCHPOLE Ernest Edward
Red Cross File No 710302

Print format