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St Elmo Rupert CORBETT

Regimental number657
Place of birthPhillip Island, Victoria
SchoolSt Mary's School, Castlemaine, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressMcKenzie's Hill, Castlemaine, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8.5"
Weight158 lbs
Next of kinFather, M Corbett, McKenzie's Hill, Castlemaine, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentCastlemaine, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingNovenacker to right of Metren
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialLonguenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery (Plot V, Row C, Grave No. 42), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Muckleford Cemetery, Victoria. Parents: Michael (d. 14 March 1932, aged 79; bu. Muckleford Cemetery) and Elizabeth CORBETT, McKenzie's Hill, Castlemaine, Victoria. Native of Cowes, Phillip Island
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915. Wounded in action, 8 May 1915 (gun shot wound, left arm); admitted to 88th Field Ambulance, 10 August 1915; transferred by HS 'Royal George' to Malta; disembarked, 17 May 1915. Embarked for England, 7 June 1915. Embarked from England, ex No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, to rejoin Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 15 November 1915; disembarked Lemnos, 30 November 1915.Rejoined Bn, 7 December 1915. Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 31 March 1916. Appointed Lance Corporal, 14 July 1916; Acting Corporal (without pay), 12 August 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 23 August 1916 (ICT thumb); transferred to England, 25 August 1916, and admitted to 5th Northern General Hospital, Leicester (septic thumb). Proceeded overseas to France, 22 October 1916; rejoined Bn, 10 November 1916. Promoted Corporal, 19 December 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 16 April 1917 (gastric disturbance); transferred to 5th Division Rest Station, 23 April 1917; rejoined Bn, 10 May 1917.

Transferred to 2nd Training Bn and placed on Supernumerary List, 20 July 1917. Marched into 2nd Training Bn, Durrington, England, 23 July 1917. Appointed Acting Sergeant, 16 October 1917. On Command at Lewis Gun School, Tidworth, 14 November 1917. Proceeded overseas to France and reverted to permanent rank of Corporal, 1 January 1918; rejoined unit, 5 January 1918. Promoted Sergeant, 8 January 1918.

Wounded in action, 14 April 1918 (concussion, multiple abrasions), and admitted to 15th Casualty Clearing Station. Transferred to 55th General Hospital, Boulogne, 15 April 1918; to 7th Convalescent Depot, 21 April 1918; to No 1 Australian Convalescent Depot, Havre, 28 April 1918; discharged to Base Depot, 13 June 1918; rejoined Bn, 21 June 1918.

Wounded in action, 3 July 1918 (shell wound, head and chest); admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 4 July 1918; died of wounds received in action, 4 July 1918.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CORBETT St Elmo Rupert

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