Oswald Mallam WICKING


WICKING, Oswald Mallam

Service Number: 3293
Enlisted: 2 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion
Born: Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, 1886
Home Town: Ararat, Ararat, Victoria
Schooling: Shepparton State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Reporter
Died: Killed in Action, Fromelles, France, Belgium, 19 July 1916
Cemetery: New Irish Farm Cemetery
Plot XXI, Row F, Grave No. 12 (Remains discovered 1921), New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3293, 21st Infantry Battalion
18 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3293, 21st Infantry Battalion
18 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3293, 21st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Wiltshire, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Oswald Wicking was posted missing at Fromelles, 19 July 1916. At a Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, he was pronounced as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

His remains were discovered near Fromelles during April 1921, and a badly damaged identity disc belonging to him was recovered. The remains were buried in the New Irish Farm Cemetery, 45 kilometres away in Belgium, near Ypres.

The disc was returned to Australia and sent to his mother during 1925. She wrote a letter to Base Records in 1925 thanking them for same.