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Harold ESAM

Regimental number391
Place of birthWarrnambool, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressLava Street, Warrnambool, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Kath. Esam, Lava Street, Warrnambool, Victoria
Enlistment date15 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll7 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Regimental number from Nominal Roll491
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row C, Grave No 8), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

On handwritten B.103 only, 'Identity disc received from Germany'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France
Miscellaneous detailsMother's address subsequently Raglan Parade, Warrnambol, Victoria; then, 57 Koroit Street, Warrnambool, Victoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, ESAM Harold

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