Eric Mervyn ROACH

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ROACH, Eric Mervyn

Service Numbers: 437 , 437
Enlisted: 26 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 1st Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Hackney, South Australia, 24 March 1891
Home Town: Burra, Goyder, South Australia
Schooling: Burra Public School and Prince Alfred College
Occupation: Electrician
Died: Killed in Action, France, 10 August 1918, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Heath Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Burra District WW1 Honor Roll, Burra WW1 & WW2 War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

26 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 437 , Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 437, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 437, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 437, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
25 Jul 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 3rd Machine Gun Company
25 Nov 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 3rd Machine Gun Company
10 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 1st Machine Gun Battalion , "The Last Hundred Days"

The LANE & ROACH Family in WW1

Stanley Monteith LANE, his niece and 3 nephews all enlisted in WW1.

Stanley Monteith LANE, 37100, Gunner, Field Artillery Brigade, AIF

Dorothy ROACH, Staff Nurse, AIF

Eric Mervyn ROACH, 437, Lieutenant, 10 Bn, 1 MG Bn, AIF, KIA

Harry Keith ROACH, 4537, Private, 25 Bn, AIF

John Carlyle ROACH, 3620, Sapper, 14 Field Artillery Brigade, AIF

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Biography contributed by Cheryl Hutchins

"...Lieutenant Eric Mervyn Roach of Bulla, SA. An electrician with one and a half years service in the Citizens' Military Forces (CMF), Roach enlisted with the rank of Private on 26 August 1914. He embarked with the service number 437 from Adelaide aboard HMAT Ascanius (A11) with the 10th Battalion, Machine Gun Section on 20 October 1914. Private Roach was wounded in action on 25 April 1915 at Gallipoli, however he returned to the unit soon after. He was transferred to the 3rd Machine Gun Company in March 1916 and was promoted to Lance Corporal in August of that year. He was further promoted to Lieutenant on 25 November 1917. Lt Roach was killed in action on 10 August 1918, aged 27, and is buried at Heath Cemetery Harbonnieres, France. In a letter to the Base Record Office in Melbourne in 1922, his father quotes Euripides when discussing his sons "glorious end" - "Who knows but life be that which men call death, and death that men call life". - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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