Frederick James RITCHIE


RITCHIE, Frederick James

Service Numbers: 856, 4476
Enlisted: 22 August 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 23rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Bairnsdale, Vic., 1893
Home Town: Bairnsdale, East Gippsland, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Killed In Action, To Be Determined, France, 3 May 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 856, 5th Infantry Battalion
21 Oct 1914: Involvement Private, SN 856, 5th Infantry Battalion
21 Oct 1914: Embarked Private, SN 856, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
23 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4476, 23rd Infantry Battalion
23 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4476, 23rd Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Private F. Ritchie is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Ritchie, of Bairnsdale. His father is on the staff at the Bairnsdale railway station. On the 25th of April Private Ritchie was wounded in the wrist by a piece of shrapnel shell piercing the bone. He was about two miles inland at the time of being wounded and it was 5, hours before he could get back to the lines to have the wound treated.