Raymond William MIDGLEY

MIDGLEY, Raymond William

Service Number: 2720
Enlisted: 16 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 14 July 1895
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Kalgoorlie Central School, Western Australia
Occupation: Car builder
Died: Killed in Action, France, 14 August 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Courcelette British Cemetery
Plot V, Row D, Grave 24 Headstone Inscription : "TO MEMORY EVER DEAR", Courcelette British Cemetery, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kalgoorlie Central School Honour Roll, Kalgoorlie St John's Anglican Church Honour Roll, Midland Railway Workshops Soldiers Memorial
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World War 1 Service

16 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2720, 28th Infantry Battalion
2 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, 2720, 28th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Ulysses embarkation_ship_number: A38 public_note: ''
2 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, 2720, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

Son of John Thomas and Jane Barbara MIDGLEY, of Cornwall St., Burswood, Western Australia. Native of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Ray Midgley’s family left Sydney and travelled by ship to Fremantle during 1896, and from there went to live on the Kalgoorlie goldfields. Raymond was only 12 months old at the time and his mother later recalled the harrowing journey, remembering that Raymond could walk when they left Sydney but due to the cramped conditions on board he could not walk for weeks after they disembarked in Fremantle.

Raymond Midgley was killed in action at Pozieres, 8 days after his brother 3524 Pte. Charles Herbert Midgley 16th Battalion AIF, had also been killed at Pozieres. He was not buried at the time but his remains were found during 1920 and his identity disc and two Australia shoulder titles were returned to his family shortly after.