22/09/1914- Completed Medical Examination Helena Vale Camp WA
18/10/1914- Allotted to ” B ” Company 16th Battalion Blackboy Hill Camp WA as Private
22/12/1914- Embarked Fremantle WA aboard ” Ceramic ” bound for Egypt
3/02/1915- Disembarked Alexandria ex Australia to Overseas Training Base
28-30/04/1915- Wounded in Action Gallipoli ( Gunshot Wounds to Left Arm/Shoulder )
3/05/1915- Evacuated/Admitted 2nd General Hospital Egypt- Medical Report showed – Bullet Wounds Received to :- 1. Back, 2. Left Shoulder Blade, 3. Left Shoulder, 4. Left Upper Arm, severing median nerve and injuring the Artery. An Operation was performed in June to treat an Aneurysm & Repair Brachial Artery)
13/07/1915- Admitted Mena Hospital Egypt then transferred to Helouan Convalescent Depot Egypt
4/08/1915- Discharged to Base Details Zeitoun Egypt
9/09/1915- Embarked Alexandria bound for Gallipoli
18/10/1915- Rejoined Unit in the field Gallipoli
27/10/1915- Evacuated/Admitted 3rd London General Hospital Wandsworth England
9/11/1915- Operation performed to Repair Medial Nerve in Left Upper Arm
27/11/1915- Medical Board Report London, found soldier was Permanently Medically Unfit for Active or Home Service
12/01/1916- Discharged from Hospital to Command Depot
11/03/1916- Embarked Portand aboard ” Suevic ” for Return to Australia ( GSW Back & Shoulder )
16/04/1916- Disembarked Fremantle WA to No. 8 Australian General Hospital Fremantle WA
27/04/1916- Medical Board Report at No. 8 Australian General Hospital Fremantle WA concluded that Soldier was ” Now Fit for Duty ”

18/07/1916- Embarked Fremantle WA aboard ” Seeang Bee ” bound for England & Allotted 18th Reinforcements 16th Battalion
9/09/1916- Disembarked England ex Australia to 4th Training Battalion Rollestone England
4/12/1916- Proceeded Overseas 4th Australian Division Base Depot Etaples France ex Folkestone ex Rollestone
22/12/1916- Taken on Strength 16th Battalion in the field France
11/04/1917- Reported Wounded & Missing in Action France
30/10/1917- Court of Enquiry concluded soldier to have been Killed in Action Bullecourt France.

REPORTS OF SOLDIERS DEATH

Informant – SPRATLEY, Sgt William NelsonĀ  MM, 5473 ( Sgt SPRATLEY won his Miltary Medal for Distinction during the Battle of Bullecourt where PRIOR was killed – ” Dick PRIOR as he was known to the men of his Company took part in a bayonet charge on the 11th of April, 1917, he was wounded just before reaching the objective, the nature of the wound I did not know, but it was rumored among the other men of the Company , that he was seriously hit, however afterwards we were forced to retire, leaving the wounded in the enemy’s hands. I might add that the weather conditions were very bad, there was snow on the ground and it was bitterly cold, there was not much hope for a seriously wounded man lying out under those conditions. I had known Dick for some considerable time and we were runners together. He was of the original Battalion “.

 

Informant – LOVELOCK, 529, 16th Battalion – ” At Bullecourt he was killed by a Machine Gun Bullet rightout, at least he died in a couple of minutes. It was on top of the German trench. I was stretcher bearer at the time, he was an old mate of mine & I knew him well. Could not take his body back, Fritz took the trench from us “.

 

Informant – GOSS, Pte. E. D. 5723- 16 th Battalion ” D ” Company – ” He was with us in the affair at Bullecourt on 11th April. He got across to our first objective and there he was wounded. I saw him lying in the open, moaning, practically unconscious. He seemed very bad. I had to carry on and was wounded shortly afterwards. I did not see him again. I doubt very much if he could live. I knew him well. He came from a place somewhere in W.A. in the timber mill district. He was on the Peninsula and had a withered arm as a result of wounds received there “.

 

SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED

1914/15 Star – Medal No. 14030

British War Medal – No. 13571

Victory Medal – No. 13511

Memorial Plaque/Scroll – 338295.

 

MEMORIAL INSCRIPTIONS

Nannup War Memorial WA

Australian War Memorial Canberra ACT – Panel No. 81.

Villers-Brettoneux War Memoral France.