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Private. 16th Bn. Infantry. SN 3451. KIA Bullecourt, France 11.4.1917. Age 23 years

Date Enlisted 30/10/1915
Service Number SN 3451
Age of Enlistment 21 years 4 months
Place of Enlistment Bunbury, WA
Place of Birth Seven Oaks, Kent, England
Previous Military Experience 2 years with 25th Light Horse
Occupation Farmer
Marital Status Single
Religion Church of England
School Attended Guildford Grammar School
Address History Father - John Duce, Boyanup, WA

Military History

Embarked at Fremantle per HMAT ‘Benalla’ for Egypt.1.11.1915.
Roll Rank Private.
Roll Unit 11th Reinf. 16th Infantry Bn.
Duce disembarked in Egypt with the 16th Bn. he was taken on strength with the 16th Bn at Tel- el-Kebir 7.3.1916. He entrained to o Alexandria, joined the BEF and embarked per HMAT ‘Canada’ for France 1.6.1916. He disembarked at Marseille 9.6.1916. The 16th Bn. fought through a harsh winter in the trenches on the Somme. Duce served at Bullecourt and was reported Missing in Action 11.4.1917. The Court of Enquiry determined he had been KIA at Bullecourt near Hindenburg Line, France 11.4.1917
Duce’s body was not recovered. He is commemorated at the Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Area, France.
Final Rank Private, 16th Infantry Bn. AIF.
Medical Condition Dec’d, KIA.
Awards and Medals 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Notes records show some confusion when a soldier from the 51st Bn. was apprehended and thought to be Duce. This was clarified soon after and the records corrected.

Information Source
Guildford Grammar School Honour Roll
Guildford Grammar School War Memorial
NAA: B2455, Duce E
AWM Embarkation Rolls- Eric Duce
AWM Roll of Honour – Eric Duce
AWM Red Cross File- Eric Duce

Boyanup. WA.