Percy Harold AMEY

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AMEY, Percy Harold

Service Number: 1234
Enlisted: 11 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Caltowie, South Australia, 18 October 1895
Home Town: Caltowie, Northern Areas, South Australia
Schooling: Caltowie School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in action, Bullecourt, France, 11 April 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Caltowie HB1 - Caltowie Public School*, LauraHB2*, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)*
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World War 1 Service

11 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1234, Morphettville, South Australia
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1234, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1234, 16th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1234, 16th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
8 May 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1234, 16th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli, GSW (abdomen)
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1234, 16th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
11 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1234, 16th Infantry Battalion, Pozières, 2nd occasion - GSW (upper body)
11 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1234, 16th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (First)

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Biography

Father Samuel Amey and Mother Lydia Amey (nee Baker).
Percy lived with his parents at Laura, South Australia, prior to enlisting.

Siblings:
Brother   Samuel Amey junior (in Caltowie)
Brother   Charles Amey (in Caltowie)
Brother   George Amey (in Caltowie)
Brother   Frank Alfred Amey (in Laura)
Sister      Eva Nellie Amey (in Caltowie)
Sister      Florrie Eva Amey (in Caltowie)

Next of kin in service:
Brother  62056     WWI   Gunner Charles Amey  returned to Australia 1/8/1919
Brother  SX18122 WWII  Frank Alfred Amey
_____    SX29698 WWII  Mostyn Harold Amey

Previous service:

Described on enlisting as 18 years 11 months old; single; 5' 11" tall; 20 8lbs;
fresh complexion; grey eyes; light brown hair; Methodist.

11/9/1914       Enlisted at Morphettville, South Australia
                      completed medical fit for service

19/12/1914     Commanding Officer appointed Percy to H Company, Broadmeadows Camp

22/12/1914     Embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT Ceramic A40
                      as a Private with the 16th Infantry Battalion, H Company

12/4/1915      proceed to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Froces, GALLIPOLI

28/4/1915      Gun shot wound abdomen Mashrobra, GALLIPOLI 
8/5/1915        admitted to 2nd General Hospital, Ghezireh, Cairo
27/5/1915      Base details at Zeitoun

17/6/1915      rejoined unit in Gallipoli

29/8/1915      sick to hospital Gallipoli
4/9/1915        admitted to 25th Casualty Clearing Station, Anzac
                     transferred on board hospital ship HS Neuralia - exhaustion
10/9/1915      admitted to Hospital - Malta (dysentry)

3/10/1915      Embarked from England on HS Requiua and Idalia

3/11/1915      dystentry, transferred from Hsopital in Malta, embarked for England
                      on board HT Regina D'Hatia

9/3/1916        rejoined unit from hospital - Tel-El-Kebir

31/3/1916      sick to hospital
1/4/1916        rejoined unit from hospital

1/6/1916        proceeded to join British Expeditionary Forces, Alexandria

11/8/1916      wounded in action - gun shot wound to head, France
12/8/1916      admitted to ambulance train
13/8/1916      Etaples, France
19/8/1916      embarked on board HS Dieppe at Calais, France for England
                      admitted wound face and shoulder
                      to General Military Hospital - Colchester, England

6/9/1916         granted furlough (leave) from hospital
26/10/1916     transferred to 4th Training Battalion, Codford

20/11/1916     admitted to Sutton Veny Hospital - mumps, Codford
1/12/1916       marched in from Group Clearing Hospital, Codford, England

4/12/1916       proceeded overseas to France on board SS Princess Victoria
                      ex Folkestone to reinforce unit
19/12/1916     rejoined unit from wound

11/4/1917       Private Amey and his Battalion went over the trenches at Bullecourt,
                      after immense fighting, he lost his life in battle.

11/4/1917       Killed in action
buried in:        No known grave

He is commemorated on the walls of the Australian War Memorial at Villers-Brettonneux, France.

His name is located at panel 78 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Medals:
1914-15 Star (14485); British War Medal (7705); Victory Medal (7667);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (338219)
(1968 awarded the Anzac Commemorative Medallion
- sent to Frank's son (Percy's nephew) Ian Amey, Fannie Bay NT)

Thank you to Mrs Kaye B Bottrall from Jamestown for the portrait.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  8/2/2015.  Lest we forget.

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