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Regimental number4166
Place of birthPort Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolState School, Port Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWellwood, 6 Sullivan Road, Rose Bay, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation26
Height5' 9"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs E Clapperton, Wellwood, 6 Sullivan Road, Rose Bay New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years as Lance Corporal, 5th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date20 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and mary CLAPPERTON, husband of E. CLAPPERTON, "Lumeah", Wolesley Crescent, pit. Piper, South Australia. Native of Melbourne
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to 54th Bn from 1st Training Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; joined 54th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 731008, 4321 Pte T. THORPE, B Company, 54th Bn (patient, 26th General Hospital, Etaples), 4 December 1916: 'They [CLAPPERTON and 4182 Pte J. DEVOS, 54th Bn] were killed at Fleurbaix on July 19th. Pte. G. Higley, VIII Pl, B. Co. who was their mate saw the casualties and could give all details of them. Both men were killed before they reached the German barbed wire.'

Second statement, 4321 Pte T. THORPE, B Company, 54th Bn, 11 June 1917: 'He was killed on the 19th July at Fleurbaix by a shell. He was close by me at the time. Casualty was not buried.'

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

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLAPPERTON George
Red Cross file 731008

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