Gavin Gordon Bulkeley Gavin

Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia

General information


Army information

Australian Imperial Force
Service number:
Enlistment date:
Enlistment place:
Longreach, Queensland, Australia
 —  Australian Infantry, 26th Bn. (Queensland and Tasmania)  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Broodseinde, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Ypres Reservoir Cemetery
Plot: VII
Row: B
Grave: 1A

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 ‘Place of death’

My story

Lance Corporal James Tinnock Bulkeley enlisted, 22,5 years old, in the Australian Army on the 26th April 1916 in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. He worked as stock salesman in the company of his father: „Gavin and Sons, Stock and Property Salesmen“.
Private Gavin Gordon Bulkeley enlisted, 24 years old, in the Australian Army on the 30th September 1916 in Longreach, Queensland Australia. Gavin worked in the same company as an overseer.
Both brothers were assigned to the 26th Battalion A.I.F., part of the 7th Brigade, 2nd Australian Division and embarked on the 27th of October 1917 from Brisbane, Australia. On the 4th of October 1917, the 2nd Australian Division passed through Zonnebeke. It prepared itself for the Battle of Broodseinde, a phase in the Passchendaele offensive.
The 2nd Australian Division attacked at 5.25 a.m., with two brigades. They met the same German counter-attacks, as the 1st Australian Division and likewise fought them off. The 6th Australian Brigade captured Zonnebeke village, including the hamlet of Broodseinde.
The 7th Australian Brigade cleared Zonnebeke village of snipers. Little or no opposition was met, until they reached the Broodseinde ridge. Here they encountered severe fire from German machine guns positioned in Daisy Wood, some 300 yards away. It was decided to consolidate a line in an old British trench from 1914-1915, 200 yards short of their objective.
Lance Corporal James Tinnock Bulkely was killed by a shell near the jump off line, his brother Gavin Gordon was killed near Broodseinde close to the consolidated position, in front of Daisy Wood. Today their graves are in the same row in the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery in Belgium, but only because their father so wished it, and had Gavin Gordon disinterred from the Tyne Cot Cemetery and shifted to the cemetery in which his brother was buried.

Connection to other soldiers 1

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