Percival Roy MATTHEWS

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MATTHEWS, Percival Roy

Service Number: 560
Enlisted: 7 July 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Gambier, South Australia, 2 February 1896
Home Town: Glencoe, Wattle Range, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 20 July 1916, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery, Fleurbaix
Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Glencoe Soldiers Memorial, Mount Gambier War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

7 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 560, Keswick, South Australia
18 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 560, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 560, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
20 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 560, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

Percival Roy Matthews

A year after his enlistment and just a month after arriving in France, Percival Roy Matthews (a farm labourer from Glencoe in the south east of South Australia) was only 20 years old when he was killed in a battle described as the worst 24 hours in Australian history, the Battle of Fromelles.

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