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Percy Alexander ASHWORTH

Regimental number1656
Place of birthEast Brunswick, Victoria
SchoolSouth Brunswick State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPlumber
AddressBrunswick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 6"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas A Ashworth, 206 Barclay Street, East Brunswick, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date28 February 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name58th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/75/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 4 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 19), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
169
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas Alexander and Mary Robinson Wallace ASHWORTH
Family/military connectionsCousin: 1657 Pte Alexander John Thomas ASHWORTH, 60th Bn, killed in action, 25 September 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 4 April 1916; disembarked Alexandria (date not recorded).

Admitted to No 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 20 May 1916 (myocarditis); transferred to Ras el Tin Convalescent Camp, Alexandria, 22 May 1916; discharged to duty, 24 May 1916.

Taken on strength, 60th Bn, Ferry Post, 25 May 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'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Red Cross File No 3037164 has statement from 1657 Pte A.J.T. ASHWORTH, 60th Bn (patient, 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples), 3 March 1917: 'He is my brother. I found his disc (produced) in Nomansland (sic) in front of our own barbed wire at Fleurbaix about July 26th, when I was on a wiring party. I could find no other trace of him.'

Base Records advised father, 2 September 1922, that the original notification to the effect that P.A. Ashworth was buried in Aeroplane Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, was incorrect; burial was that of brother [or cousin?], 1657 Pte A.J.T. ASHWORTH, 60th Bn.
SourcesNAA: B2455, ASHWORTH Percy Alexander
Red Cross File No 3037164

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