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Regimental number2596
Place of birthPort Fairy, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address118 Michael Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 3.5"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinFather, A C Chamberlain, 118 Michael Street, Fitzroy, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2596A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 15 July 1915, 6th Rfcts, 23rd Bn; taken on strength, 58th Bn, 23 February 1916, 60th Bn, 15 March 1916.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 20), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 58th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916.

Admitted to 4th Field Ambulance, 30 March 1916, and transferred same day to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital (sore feet); transferred to 8th Field Ambulance, 31 March 1916 (blistered feet); discharged to unit, 1 April 1916.

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

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 710901, 3740 Pte H, GEORGE, C Company, 60th Bn, 8 March 1917: 'On the 19th July, 1916, we went over the top to attack Fromelles; he was alongside of me when he was hit by a shell. I saw him fall - I saw him again as I came back lying dead. We held the ground for 9 hours.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CHAMBERLAIN Frederick
Red Cross File No 710901

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