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Samuel James Topp (1880–1917)

We regret having to announce the death of Lieutenant S. J. [Samuel James] Topp, who was killed in action in France on May 12. From his boyhood Lieutenant Topp was employed in The Argus office, and none of his colleagues was surprised when he enlisted, for his fine qualities marked him as a man who could not possibly fail to respond to the call of duty. He was wounded some time ago, but having recovered was again sent to the front. It is only a few days ago that we announced that he had been promoted from the rank of second lieutenant to that of lieutenant. The deceased soldier leaves a widow, his marriage having taken place shortly before his departure. He was the son of the late Mr. Horatio Topp, and nephew of Mr. C. A. Topp, late public service commissioner. His mother resides at Elsternwick.

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Samuel Topp, c.1915

Samuel Topp, c.1915

Australian War Memorial, H05474

Life Summary [details]


Caulfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


12 May, 1917 (aged ~ 37)
Bullecourt, France

Cause of Death

killed in action

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

Military Service