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Douglas William Sinclair CUMPER

Regimental number2135
Place of birthDunolly, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
OccupationBoot salesman
Address5 St John Street, Windsor, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 5.5"
Weight133 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Cumper, 5 St John Street, Windsor, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed as Sergeant in Australian Military Forces Area 49a, VIctoria.
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 October 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death20.9
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialTyne Cot Cemetery (Plot XXXVIII, Row D, Grave No. 22), Passchendaele, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Gladys Louise CUMPER, 5 St John Street, Windsor, Victoria. Native of Dunolly, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne 27 September 1915.

Taken on strength, 24th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 10 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 27 March 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 18 April 1916.

Wounded in action, 5 August 1916 (gun shot wound, left shoulder), and admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance; transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, 6 August 1916; to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Camiers, 7 August 1916; to 7th Convalescent Depot, 23 August 1916; to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 4 October 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, 31 October 1916 (disordered action of the heart); transferred to England, 12 November 1916, and admitted same day to Edmonton Military Hospital (tachycardia: slight); transferred to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital Hospital, Southall,12 November 1916; discharged to Command Depot, Wareham, 18 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 February 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 18 March 1917.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 19 April 1917; temporary rank made substantive, 1 May 1917.

Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 20 May 1917; temporary rank made substantive, 20 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 9 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsParents deceased by 1923; next of kin then listed as brother, Mr R.J. CUMPER, 19 Viva Street, East Malvern, Victoria.
SourcesNAA: B2455, CUMPER Douglas William Sinclair

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