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Fromelles Missing - Aime Constant Verpillot COMPLETED with Thanks
« on: Friday 08 May 09 00:50 BST (UK) »
NAME   Verpillot, Aime Constant         
SN   4885         
RANK    Private         
UNIT   53 Bn         
HONOUR   Standard entitlements         
BORN   La Jonchere Neufchatel Switzerland         
OCCUPATION   Scroll maker (wire worker)         
RELIGION   Methodist         
           
DOE   06.09.1915 Warwick Farm NSW         
AGE   24         
           
           
STATUS   KIA         
DATE   19.07.1916         
AGE   25         
BURIED   Unknown         
MEMORIAL   VC Corner Cemetery Memorial panel 9         
   AWM 158         
           
DESCRIPTION   5 foot 9 1/2 dark brown hair         
           
NOTES   Arrived in Australia aged 20         

   Naturalisation papers (1915/14267) at NAA dated 1915         
           
   ID disk returned by German authorities         
           
   Educated at public school in Switzerland and Grammar School Coventry England         
           
   I THINK THIS FAMILY WERE FRENCH AND MOVED AROUND THE GLOBE         
           
NOK   Father: Charles Eugene Verpillot
   Known address 1922: Ville des Pins, Caromb Vaucluse France.
   He was a watchmaker.  http://www.coventrywatchmuseum.co.uk/
   
   Mother: Berthe Verpillot (nee Venne as Ruth is listed as sister in law on census)
Bezant (London/Suffolk), West (London/Essex), Walker (Yorkshire), Phillips (West Country - believed Bristol area), Tibbetts (Warwickshire), Armstrong (Co Fermanagh), Harvison (Co Wexford), Neeb (Germany), Becker (Germany), Jakobsson (Finland). Kanneworff (Germany and Denmark)

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Re: Fromelles Missing - Aime Constant Verpillot
« Reply #1 on: Friday 08 May 09 05:48 BST (UK) »
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Aime VERPILLOT

Regimental number 4885
Place of birth Neuchatel, Switzerland
School Public in School in Switzerland and Grammar School in Coventry, England.
Age on arrival in Australia 20  Religion Methodist Occupation Scroll maker Address 15 Barnacliff Avenue, Bondi, New South Wales Marital status Single Age at embarkation 24 Height 5' 9.5" Weight 133 lbs Next of kin Father, E Verpillot, 15 Barnacliff Avenue, Bondi, New South Wales
Previous military service Nil Enlistment date 6 September 1915 Place of enlistment Warwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistment Private Unit name 1st Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/18/4
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916 Rank from Nominal Roll Private Unit from Nominal Roll 53rd Battalion Fate Killed in Action 19 July 1916 Place of death or wounding Fleurbaix, France Age at death 25 age at death from cemetery records 25 Place of burial No known grave Commemoration details V.C. Corner (Panel No 9), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,Australian War Memorial 158 Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records Parents: Charles Euguene and Berthe VERPILLOT, 15 Barracluff Avenue, Bondi, New South Wales. Native of Neuchatel, Switzerland Other details War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength 53rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 20 April 1916.Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.Reported as missing in action, 19 July 1916.

Identification disc received from Germany, no particulars afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as killed in action, 19 July 1916, on the authority of the Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section, War Office, 24 February 1917.

Advice received from Australian Red Cross, Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, 18 October 1920, 'Verpillo[t] A. 4885. 53 Batl. A.T.F. Fell 19.7.16 near Fromelles. Final German Death List, S'

On 8 August 1922, the Officer in Charge, Australian Graves Services, wrote, 'Although exhaustive searches and investigations have been made with the object of locating the grave of the above named [Pte Verpillot], it has not been possible either to locate his actual burial place or obtain any information which might indicate his probable original or present resting place.'

Red Cross File No 2820107: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16'.

Statement, 4828 Pte A. McKELL, B Company, 53rd Bn, 30 December 1918: '[He was] Of B. Coy. on 19th July at Fleurbaix during general action, was killed by bullet, don't know where hit. I saw his body on the field, in No Man's Land, close to L/Cpl. E.A. Hubbard, and J. LARKIN. We were taken P/W next day.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous details Father's subsequent address 'Ville des pins', Caromb, Vaucluse, France Sources NAA: B2455, VERPILLOT Aime
Red Cross File No 2820107

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Re: Fromelles Missing - Aime Constant Verpillot
« Reply #2 on: Friday 08 May 09 10:23 BST (UK) »
On a submitted LDS record:
Alice Eugénie VERPILLOT (female) born 19 JAN 1890   Les Breuleux, Bern, Switzerland married on 31 MAY 1922 at Seloncourt, Doubs, France to Célien Germain Joseph DONZE .  I am unsure if there is any connection, and I am also unsure of how to follow up, as I usually suspect submitted records. 
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Re: Fromelles Missing - Aime Constant Verpillot
« Reply #3 on: Friday 08 May 09 10:58 BST (UK) »
On a ge*ggle search online I have spotted:

Verpillot: Marcel Antonin, born 14 January 1921 at Seloncourt Doubs France, died on 10 February 1945 in Buchenwald (Germany); 

I think perhaps that may indicate that Marcel Verpillot may have died in a Concentration Camp in Germany.   I have no way of figuring out if Marcel was perhaps a nephew to Aime Verpillot who fell at Fromelles 19 July 1916.

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Re: Fromelles Missing - Aime Constant Verpillot
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 09 May 09 05:20 BST (UK) »
Does any rootschatter have any thoughts about following up on any of the French or Swiss clues please
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Re: Fromelles Missing - Aime Constant Verpillot
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 09 May 09 05:30 BST (UK) »
This Lad, applied for and was granted "British Subject" status (ie the equivalent of Australian Citizenship that only came into force after WW2) so that he could ENLIST.

His naturalisation papers show his dated of birth as 12 May 1891 and place of birth as La Jonchise (my poor transcibing only) in the Swiss Canton of  Neuchatel.  He had been in NSW for 2 years and 11 months.  His approval for citizenship came through in mid September 1915, days after his enlistment.
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Re: Fromelles Missing - Aime Constant Verpillot
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 09 May 09 07:30 BST (UK) »
Just to alert you to his occupation.  One database has it as watch maker, another has it as scroll maker, and on his naturalisation papers in his own handwriting it states "Gate Maker", which I think is perhaps a reliable source.  Perhaps that indicates he was a metal worker.

He states in those papers that he arrived in Sydney from New Zealand on 17 September 1912. He was not married, and his application was supported by  William David Sheerwood, who knew him.   William Sheerwood was a Sergeant of Police, stationed at No. 4 Police Station, and attested that Aime was "known to me, and is a person of good repute" 

A Police Magistrate was required to administer the Oath of Allegiance , and on that certificate it notes that Aime Constant Verpillot's occupation was GATEMAKER. 

We have tried to read the name of the ship that brought him to Sydney from New Zealand, please help, as we do not recognise the name.

ADDED, we hope we are not breaching any copyright rules, this image is a snip from the following link http://naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=34229&I=1&SE=1
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Re: Fromelles Missing - Aime Constant Verpillot
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 09 May 09 08:12 BST (UK) »
The ship is : SS Maunganui


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Re: Fromelles Missing - Aime Constant Verpillot
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 09 May 09 08:27 BST (UK) »
Thanks KWP.

I have also put a thread on the New Zealand boards with info about Aime.

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