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Percy Edward FENNELL

Regimental number2252
Place of birthPenola, South Australia
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationEngine cleaner
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 8.5"
Weight148 lbs
Next of kinMother, Jane Fennell, Penola, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Senior Cadets, Area 75B; 2.5 years in F Company, 7th Infantry Regiment, Citizen Military Forces (still serving at time of AIF enlistment).
Enlistment date27 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 November 1914
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Unit name3rd Field Ambulance, 2nd and 3rd Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/46/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A52 Surada on 17 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Ambulance
FateDied as a result of accident 30 March 1916
Place of burialAt sea
Commemoration detailsChatby Memorial, Alexandria, Egypt
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
182
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Drowned
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Proceeded from Egypt to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 2 March 1915.

Admitted to 1st Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 30 May 1915 Influenza); discharged to duty, 7 June 1915.

Rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 22 July 1915.

Wounded in action, 26 July 1915 (shell wound, back), and admitted to 24th Casualty Clearing Station, 25 August 1915; tramsferred to 1st Stationary Hospital; rejoined unit, Anzac, 28 August 1915.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 5 September 1915 (sprained ankle); dischargedto duty, 15 September 1915.

Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 30 November 1915 (sprained ankle); transferred to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 30 November 1915; to HS 'Kara Para', 4 December 1915, and transferred to St Elmo Hospital, Malta; to Chain Tuffsha Convalescent Camp, 6 January 1916; discharged to Active Service, 11 February 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 17 February 1916.

Rejoined 3rd Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 7 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 27 March 1916.

Fell overboard from HMT 'Kingstonian' en route to France, 30 March 1916.

Reported missing, presumably drowned.

Court of Enquiry, 1 April 1916, concluded: Accidentally drownd: 'not on duty and blame not attachable to anyone'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName does not appear on Embarkation Roll.
SourcesNAA: B2455, FENNELL Percy Edward

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