Percy Albert TIPPET


TIPPET, Percy Albert

Service Number: 483
Enlisted: 17 August 1914, Richmond, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wangaratta, Victoria, 29 March 1895
Home Town: Wangaratta, Wangaratta, Victoria
Schooling: South Wangaratta State School
Occupation: Railway Porter
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915, aged 20 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave - At Sea (HMAT Seang Choon)
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, North Wangaratta State School, South Wangaratta School and District HB1, Wangaratta War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 483, Richmond, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 483, 6th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 483, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 483, 6th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Karen Standen

TIPPETT or TIPPET: Percy's surname is often referred to as 'Tippett', however both Percy and his father, Alfred, signed their surname as 'Tippet' in correspondence held in his service file. Percy did sign his surname with a flourish which may be taken as a double 't'. The incorrect spelling of the family name was a common error, with other members of the Tippet family often being referred to as Tippett, as is evident with his cousins who also served in A.I.F.. While most of Percy's WW1 records are under Tippett, the AWM Roll of Honour has been amended to reflect Percy's correct surname - Tippet.

"AUSTRALIA'S ROLL OF HONOUR. Heavy Casualties. A Wangaratta Lad Amongst the Killed.

The sad news that Private Tippet, of Wangaratta, had been killed in action in the fight for the Dardanelles created a sad and sympathetic feeling in the Town on Sunday morning. Pte. Percy Albert Tippet was the third son of Mr. and Mrs Albert Tippet, of Ryley street, Wangaratta, the father being a railway employee. The young soldier was 20 years of age on 29th March last, and was amongst the first batch of volunteers that entered Broadmeadows camp when the call for recruits was made. Pte. Tippet was born at Wangaratta, and was a scholar at the South Wangaratta State School, where he was noted for his happy and industrious nature, and was a favourite with the teacher and scholars. After leaving school he learnt the bootmaking trade, and some little time back passed an examination qualifying him for the position of porter in the Victorian Railways. He entered the service, and was employed at Sandringham and Thornbury until going into camp. While in Wangaratta he was a member of the Senior Cadets. On entering camp he joined the signalling corps, and afterwards became attached to the Head Quarters staff of the Battalion, He proceeded to Egypt, with the first Expeditionary Force. Besides his parents he leaves two brothers and two sisters, viz., Messrs William George and Alfred Ernest Tippet, Mrs E. Bradford and Miss Electa Tippet, all of Wangaratta. The news of their son's death was first conveyed to Mr. and Mrs. Tippet by Bishop Armstrong at 9 o'clock on Sunday morning, and he offered them words of consolation in their trial. Bishop Armstrong was also requested by the authorities to convey their Majesties the King and Queen's deepest sympathy also the deepest sympathy of the Governor General and Commonwealth Government to the bereaved relatives; which he did. Much sympathy has been expressed for the family of the brave young soldier. Mrs Tippet received a letter two weeks ago from her son in which he said they were ready to leave Egypt at a moment's notice to do their duty...

On Monday night the members of the Town Band, under Mr. R, J. Webber assembled at the intersection of Murphy and Reid streets, and played the Dead March in Saul, as a mark of respect to the memory of the late Pte. Tippet... A memorial service will be conducted in Holy Trinity Cathedral on Sunday next, for all who have fallen in the war, and especially for Pte. P. A. Tippet." - from the Wangaratta Chronicle 05 May 1915 (