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Clarence Roy CLARIDGE

Regimental number2600
Place of birthAbbotsford, Victoria
SchoolPrince Alfred College, South Australia
Other trainingAdelaide School of Mines
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBlacksmith
Address18 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6.75"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinFather, D R Claridge, 18 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the 55th Senior Cadets; 2 years in the 55th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date19 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
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingBattle of Fromelles, France
Age at death21
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
123
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Town. Abbotsford, Victoria
Family/military connectionsFirst cousin of Pte Kelvin Roach 981 9th LH) killed at Gaza, 20 April 1917
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.

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 731103, 3616 Corporal S. RICHARDSON, 25 July 1916: 'I saw this man killed rightout (sic) next to me. He was one of my men in the machine gun team. He had got about 150 yds between the first German line and ours and he had the lower part of his jaw and throat blown clean away by a shell. He was just going tosay something at the time when thishappened. He may be reported Missing, as on this occasion we had to came (sic) back. This happened last Wednesday, July 19th. and I lay out with another man for two days in a shell hole, and we certainly had not retaken the ground by that time.'

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

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CLARIDGE Clarence Roy
Red Cross File No 731103

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