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Remains of nine World War 1 diggers identified, 2018

Nine World War I Australian Soldiers who fought in the Battle of Fromelles in France have formally been identified at the 2018 Fromelles Identification Board.
9 April 2018

 

Private Henry Bell

Henry Bell was born in Bendigo, Victoria.  He was married and employed as an insurance agent when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 8 July 1915.  He was posted to 29 Battalion, A Company.

On 10 November 1915, Private Bell, aged 39 at the time, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius.

Private Bell served in Egypt and the Western Front before he was killed in action at Fleurbaix, France, on 19 July 1916.

Private Bell was one of 250 Australian and British World War One soldiers recovered from a mass burial site at Pheasant Wood in France in 2009 and reburied in the Fromelles Military Cemetery in 2010.

Private Bell was identified in 2018.

Further information regarding Private Bell can be obtained from his Service Record at the National Archives of Australia on the link below:

https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=3008625

 

Private Claude Yeo

Claude Yeo was born in Randwick, New South Wales.  He was single and employed as an auctioneer when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 1 July 1915.  He was posted to 30 Battalion, C Company.

On 9 November 1915, Private Yeo, aged 39 at the time, embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana.

Private Yeo served in Egypt and the Western Front before he was killed in action at Fleurbaix, France, on 20 July 1916.

Private Yeo was one of 250 Australian and British World War One soldiers recovered from a mass burial site at Pheasant Wood in France in 2009 and reburied in the Fromelles Military Cemetery in 2010.

Private Yeo was identified in 2018.

Further information regarding Private Yeo can be obtained from his Service Record at the National Archives of Australia on the link below:

https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=3454747

 

Corporal Alfred Thompson

Alfred Thompson was born in Geelong, Victoria.  He was single and a farmer when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 5 August 1915.  He was posted to 17 Battalion, 6th Reinforcements.

On 2 November 1915, Private Thompson, aged 22 at the time, embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides.

Corporal Thompson served in Egypt and the Western Front before he was killed in action at Fleurbaix, France, on 20 July 1916.

Corporal Thompson was one of 250 Australian and British World War One soldiers recovered from a mass burial site at Pheasant Wood in France in 2009 and reburied in the Fromelles Military Cemetery in 2010.

Corporal Thompson was identified in 2018.

Further information regarding Corporal Thompson can be obtained from his Service Record at the National Archives of Australia on the link below:

https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=1831497

 

William Edwin Boyce

William Boyce was born in Gulgong, New South Wales.  He was single and employed as an engine driver when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 19 July 1915.  He was posted to 32 Battalion, D Company.

On 18 November 1915, Private Boyce, aged 28 at the time, embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong.

Private Boyce served in Egypt and the Western Front before he was killed in action at Fleurbaix, France, on 20 July 1916.

Private Boyce was one of 250 Australian and British World War One soldiers recovered from a mass burial site at Pheasant Wood in France in 2009 and reburied in the Fromelles Military Cemetery in 2010.

Private Boyce was identified in 2018.

Further information regarding Private Boyce can be obtained from his Service Record at the National Archives of Australia on the link below:

https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=3105162

 

James Robert Smith

James Smith was born in Allora, Queensland.  He was single and employed as a labourer when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 12 January 1915.  He was posted to 32 Battalion, 9th Reinforcements.

On 31 January 1916, Private Smith, aged 23 at the time, embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla.

Private Smith served in Egypt and the Western Front before he was killed in action at Fleurbaix, France, on 20 July 1916.

Private Smith was one of 250 Australian and British World War One soldiers recovered from a mass burial site at Pheasant Wood in France in 2009 and reburied in the Fromelles Military Cemetery in 2010.

Private Smith was identified in 2018.

Further information regarding Private Smith can be obtained from his Service Record at the National Archives of Australia on the link below:

https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=1783199

 

Stanley Richard O’Donnell

Stanley O’Donnell was born in Malvern, Victoria.  He was single and employed as a warehouseman when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 14 July 1915.  He was posted to 29 Battalion, A Company.

On 10 November 1915, Private O’Donnell, aged 23 at the time, embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A11 Ascianus.

Private O’Donnell served in Egypt and the Western Front before he was killed in action at Fleurbaix, France, on 19 July 1916.

Private O’Donnell was one of 250 Australian and British World War One soldiers recovered from a mass burial site at Pheasant Wood in France in 2009 and reburied in the Fromelles Military Cemetery in 2010.

Private O’Donnell was identified in 2018.

Further information regarding Private O’Donnell can be obtained from his Service Record at the National Archives of Australia on the link below:

https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7996281

 

Alexander McCulloch

Alexander McCulloch was born in Nairn, Scotland.  He was single and employed as a labourer when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 24 June 1915.  He was posted to 32 Battalion, C Company.

On 18 November 1915, Private McCulloch, aged 34 at the time, embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong.

Private McCulloch served in Egypt and the Western Front before he was killed in action at Fleurbaix, France, on 19 July 1916.

Private McCulloch was one of 250 Australian and British World War One soldiers recovered from a mass burial site at Pheasant Wood in France in 2009 and reburied in the Fromelles Military Cemetery in 2010.

Private McCulloch was identified in 2018.

Further information regarding Private McCulloch can be obtained from his Service Record at the National Archives of Australia on the link below:

https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=1941589

 

Henry Gardner

Henry Gardner was born in Whitewell, Yorkshire, England.  He was single and employed as an asylum attendant when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 14 July 1915.  He was posted to 30 Battalion, D Company.

On 9 November 1915, Private Gardner, aged 28 at the time, embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana.

Private Gardner served in Egypt and the Western Front before he was killed in action at Fleurbaix, France, on 20 July 1916.

Private Gardner was one of 250 Australian and British World War One soldiers recovered from a mass burial site at Pheasant Wood in France in 2009 and reburied in the Fromelles Military Cemetery in 2010.

Private Gardner was identified in 2018.

Further information regarding Private Gardner can be obtained from his Service Record at the National Archives of Australia on the link below:

https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=4028082

 

Kenneth Malcolm Mortimer

Kenneth Mortimer was born in Levena West, Victoria.  He was single and a Staff Cadet at the Royal Military College when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 1 July 1915.  He was posted to 29 Battalion, Headquarters Staff.

On 9 November 1915, Lieutenant Mortimer, aged 20 at the time, embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana.

Captain Mortimer served in Egypt and the Western Front before he was killed in action at Fleurbaix, France, on 20 July 1916.

Captain Mortimer was one of 250 Australian and British World War One soldiers recovered from a mass burial site at Pheasant Wood in France in 2009 and reburied in the Fromelles Military Cemetery in 2010.

Captain Mortimer was identified in 2018.

Further information regarding Captain Mortimer can be obtained from his Service Record at the National Archives of Australia on the link below:

https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7988857

Last updated
9 April 2018
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