• Eric John Lipscomb

Army / Flying Corps
  • 35th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Private

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  • Enlistment - WW1

    Narrabri, NSW, Australia

  • Birth

    Wahroonga, NSW, Australia

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    • Eric John Lipscomb
    • Posted by lipscomb, Monday, 8 August 2016

    (Private) Eric John Lipscomb was born 24th September 1894 at Normanhurst, the son of William and Jessie Lipscomb. William Lipscomb was a successful butcher in the Normanhurst and Wahroonga districts of Sydney, and in 1912 he had purchased a farm called Wandilly, near Milroy west of Gunnedah, so that his five sons could gain some agricultural experience. Eric (one of those sons) had studied for a time at Hawkesbury Agricultural College, and was working on this farm when he succumbed to the enticement of the recruiting marches that prevailed at that time (such as the Cooee March and the Wallabies). Eric enlisted at Gunnedah on 13th July 1916 and joined 34th Battalion Reinforcements, training at Armidale and Maitland. Eric left Sydney on 17th October 1916 on board the Troopship Borda – calling in at Melbourne, Durban, Cape Town, and Freetown, Sierra Leone en route to England. He disembarked on 9th January 1917 at Plymouth and moved to Durrington Camp, Lark Hill, Salisbury – not far from Stonehenge. On 15th April 1917 Eric wrote to his mother: “We had a very big review at Bulford last week. About 75,000 Australians were inspected by the King and it was a grand sight I can tell you. In the march past I was only about four yards away from the King so I had a very good look at him, judging from outward appearances he is a very insignificant looking man and badly in want of a shave. He is a very small man somewhere about 5 feet 2 inches. The Hon. Andy Fisher and Gregory Wade were also out at the inspection. They seem to be able to have a fairly good time although it is war time.” On 30th April 1917 Eric was posted to the Armentieres sector of the front. He was killed in action by an artillery bombardment on 16th May 1917 near Le Tourquet in Belgium only ten days after going into action (aged 22). He is buried at Tancrez Farm Cemetery, Ploegsteert, in Belgium.