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Albert Edward ECCLES

Regimental number461
Place of birthBroughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland
SchoolPublic School
Age on arrival in Australia20
Addressc/o Mrs Fraser, Delny, Lenthall Street, Kensington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinSister, Mrs Mary Suthie, 2 Union Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland
Previous military serviceMerchant Service
Enlistment date24 September 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMachine Gun Company 5, Reinforcement 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number24/10/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Company
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"Sgt. Eades was in Australian Merchant service before enlisting in November, 1814. He landed with first contingent at Gallipoli. Was severely wounded after undergoing treatment at Cairo was invalided to Australia and offered his discharge, but he refused. On recovery he returned overseas. Was promoted Sgt of Machine Gun instructor at Granthern. He went to France in March, 1917 and was killed in action at Zonnebeke on 5th October, 1917. His Captain wrote in losing Sgt Eccles the Company lost at .........NCO a fine soldier and a man. Had he lived I should have recommended him for a decoration and for promotion to Company, Lt. Major." Details from Sisiter.
FateKilled in Action 5 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialPerth Cemetery (China Wall) (Plot VI, Row C, Grave No. 16), Zillebeke, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward ECCLES and Margaret CABLES his wife

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