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    Posted: 22 Jun 2012 at 13:51

1990B Pte Joseph Ricks 18/Bn AIF

 

Enlisted 18/6/15

Embarked 9/8/15 with the 3rd reinforcements 20/Bn

Served Gallipoli with 18/Bn from 29/9/15 until the evacuation in mid December 1915

KIA 3/5/17 aged 24

An eyewitness says ‘He was killed instantly by a shell whilst carrying ammunition to the front line at Bullecourt.’

And ‘He was faithful until death performing his duties brave and truly, carrying ammunition till the last as he lay dead and his burden lay beside him, 
on the death stricken battlefield at Bullecourt.’

 

Born Coonamble, NSW

He was a widower and had a son Harold Lyle Ricks and a daughter Gladis Ricks .

Joe’s medals and plaque were claimed by the guardian of his juvenile son.

His sister Edna was looking after his kids whilst he was overseas.

He also had another sister Evelyn.



Service record can be viewed at:


http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/DetailsReports/ItemDetail.aspx?Barcode=8032412


This contains some of the more moving aspects of what happens to the family that is left behind.


Roll of Honour details available at:


http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/roll_of_honour/person.asp?p=502801


Embarkation Roll details available at:


http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/records/awm8/23/37/awm8-23-37-3-0192.pdf


Red Cross Records details available at:


http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/records/1drl0428/2/230/1/1drl-0428-2-230-1-8.pdf



Edited by Peter Trounson - 22 Jun 2012 at 14:10
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