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Rialland, Peter James (6341)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 23 years

Enlistment Details: Monday, 28 February 1916 – Brunswick, VIC

Service Number: 6341            view online service record

9 Lydia Street
Brunswick, VIC

Next of Kin:
Grace Rialland (wife)
9 Lydia Street
Brunswick, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Monday, 11 September 1916
Ship: HMAT Euripides A14
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion – 20th Reinforcements

KIA: Saturday, 3 March 1917
Place: France

Peter James Rialland. AWM H06655.

Enlisted at Brunswick, the same day as his brother Albert Rialland.

Private, 5 Infantry, killed in action 3 April, 1917, France, aged 24, commemorated Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.

Parents: Peter (late) and Mrs A Elizabeth RIALLAND; wife: Mrs Grace RIALLAND, born Port Melbourne. Rialland enlisted as 23-year-old mattress maker with his mother in Flemington Road, North Melbourne. No known grave (an eyewitness suggested he was shot through the head at night by a sniper, but his body could not be located the following morning), no circular returned, but a Death Notice reveals a baby daughter, Jean. Two brothers, Albert RIALLAND, 1899, enlisted showing his mother in Albion Street, Brunswick, also born Port Melbourne, and James Peter RIALLAND, 197, born Brunswick.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted October 18, 2016 8.34 pm 0Likes

    “At Yarrow Bank near Thilloy I was with him when he shot by a sniper through the head. He was taken away from the post where he fell during the night. I have not seen his grave” (Pte A Herring, 6276, No. 1 Australian Hospital, Rouen)

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