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ID number H06484
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin


Studio portrait of 3282 Private Alfred Victor Momplhait, 32nd Battalion from Port Adelaide, South Australia A 28 year old clerk prior to enlisting on 17 June 1915, he embarked for overseas with the 11th Reinforcements of the 10th Battalion from Adelaide on 27 October 1915 aboard HMAT Benalla. Pte Momplhait was killed in action on 19 July 1916 at Fromelles, France. After the war his grave could not be located and he was commemorated on the VC Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles. In 2008 a burial ground was located at Pheasant Wood, France containing the bodies of 250 British and Australian soldiers including Pte Momplhait. All of the remains were reburied in the newly created Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery. At the time of the official dedication of the new cemetery on 19 July 2010, ninety-six of the Australians, including Pte Momplhait, had been identified through a combination of anthropological, archaeological, historical and DNA information. Work is continuing on identifying the other remains relocated from the burial ground and buried in the new cemetery as unknown soldiers.