Raymond Vernon BALDOCK


BALDOCK, Raymond Vernon

Service Number: 520
Enlisted: 19 August 1914
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kaniva, Victoria, December 1893
Home Town: Jeparit, Hindmarsh, Victoria
Schooling: Jeparit State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 20 September 1917
Cemetery: Birr Cross Roads Cemetery
Special Memorial 5, Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 520
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 520, 8th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 520, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Melbourne
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 520, 8th Infantry Battalion, Menin Road

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born December 1893 in Kaniva, Victoria

Father Alfred Baldock and Mother Lousia Baldock,
Raymond lived with his parents at Jeparit, Victoria on enlisting.

Next of kin in service:
2739  Private Percy William Logan  (b. Mount Gambier, South Australia)
          Father Frederick LOGAN and Maria (nee Baldock), lived at Jeparit, Victoria
          08/07/1915    enlisted
                               as a Private with 21st Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
          05/10/1915     embarked Port of Melbourne, VIC onboard RMS Moldavia
          05/10/1918     killed in Action - France
          Buried in:       Tincourt New British Cemetery, France
                               Plot X (10), Row C, Grave 18
          His name is commemorated on Panel 94 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

1635 Private Claude Mellnotte PERRY (b. Jeparit, VIC)
        Father Winfred Genders PERRY and Mother Eva PERRY,
        Claude lived with his parents at 22 Wheaton Road, St Peters, SA on enlisting
        31/08/1915   enlisted in Adelaide, SA (18 years of age)
        18/11/1915   embarked from Outer Harbour onboard HMAT A2 Geelong
                            as a Private with 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
        Driver with 5th Divisional Ammunition Column
        09/10/1917   killed in action
        No known grave
        His name is commemorated at:
        - Panel 7 on the The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium
        - Panel 21 on the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.


Raymond was described on enlisting as 20 years 8 months of age; single; 5' 6" tall;
10 stone  8 lbs; rosy complexion; brown eyes; black hair; Methodist.

19/08/1914     Raymond enlisted at Dimboola, Victoria

25/08/1914     appointed to E Company, 8th Battalion, Broadmeadows camp

19/10/1914     embarked Port of Melbourne, VIC onboard HMAT A24 Benalla
                     as a Private with  8th Infantry, B Company

05/04/1915     embarked onboard Clan McGillivray from Alexandria, Egypt
                      to join the Gallipoli campaign

19/08/1915     shrapnel wound to abdomen and septic hands - Gallipoli
                     admitted to Australian Casualty Clearing Station (ACCS)
24/08/1915     admitted to Egyptian Govenment Hospital, Port Said, Egypt
22/09/1915     admitted to No.2 Australian General Hospita

04/01/1916     discharged Helouon Convalescent Hospital to duty

29/07/1916     embarked onboard HT Arcadian, ex Alexandria to England

10/08/1916     taken on strength of 2nd Training Battalion

16/12/1916     qualified as Instructor as 26th course of Instruction,
                      held at Southern Com. Bombing School, Lyndhurst

24/01/1917      promoted to substitute Corporal, England

30/01/1917      promoted to temporary Sergeant, England

20/08/1917      proceeded overseas to France, ex Southampton
                      reverted to permanent rank of Corporal

31/08/1917      rejoined 8th Infantry Battalion in the field

20/09/1917      killed in action, Belgium - 23 years of age

Buried in:         vicinty south of Polygon Wood, north-west of Birr Cross Roads

03/02/1922      A special cross was erected over Raymond's grave
                      at  Birr Cross Road Cemetery, Belgium
                           Special Memorial #5

His name is commemorated on Panel 52 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Medals:           1914/15 Star (7112), British War medal (3661), Victory medal (3661)
                      Memorial Plaque and Scroll (340391)

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  11/01/2017.  Lest we forget.