Percy Fleming

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Percy Fleming
Personal Information
Date of Birth not known 1889
Place of Birth Ballarat, Victoria
Death 1 Feb 1956
Place of Death Wembley, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 26 years, 7 months
Description 5'5" (1.65m) tall ; 145 lbs
65.771 kg
; fair complexion ; light blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Mill hand
Religion Roman Catholic
Address Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Olive Katherine Fleming
Military Information
Reg Number 435
Date of Enlistment 18 Jan 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 44th Battalion, B Company /11th Brigade, 3rd Division
Date of Embarkation 6 Jun 1916 ‒ 21 Jul 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A29 Suevic
Date of Return 1 Jun 1919 ‒ 8 Jul 1919
Ship Returned On SS Somali
Fate Wounded in Action 10 Jul 1917
Returned to Australia
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

In 1913 Percy married Olive Katherine Howe.

War Service

On entry to Blackboy Hill camp Percy was allocated to the 44th Battalion's B Company.

Following further training at Larkhill in England after their arrival in the UK, the battalion proceeded overseas from England to France through Southampton on 25 Nov 1916.

Wounded in Action on 10 Jul 1917 while in the front lines near Messines. Treated first by the 11th Australian Field Ambulance, he was passed back the same day to the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station and the next day admitted to the 32nd Stationary Hospital in Wimereux. Five days later he was sent to the 1st Convalescent Depot in Boulogne, and on 29 Jul 1917 he was released to the 3rd Division's Base Depot.

Percy rejoined his battalion on 20 Aug 1917, but required hospitalisation with the 8th Field Ambulance in France from 4 Oct 1917 till 23 Oct 1917 for pharyngitis.

In January 1919 he was granted leave to England, and served another two months with his unit in France before returning to England to undergo processing for return to Australia.

Spent the last 6 months of the war attached to the 3rd Division train, and picked up an AWOL charge at the 11th hour - from 2400 hours 3 May 1919 until 1300 on 5 May 1919. Admonished and forfeited 2 days pay.

Discharged at 5th Military District on 22 Aug 1919.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1922 - 1925 at 243 Marmion street, Cottesloe, tallyman; 1931 at 14 Burt street, Cottesloe, clerk; 1936 - 1937 at 86 Napier street, Cottesloe; 1943 - 1954 a storekeeper at 40 Richardson street, West Perth.

Olive died 7 Sep 1965 in Bellvue. From 1943 her address was different from Percy's. Children were Beryl Eileen (1913-1981); Sylvia Mary (1916- ?); Moira Katharine (1920-1999); Mervyn John (1924-2007); Leonie Margaret (1928-2004); and one other daughter.


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