• Year of birth: 1892
  • Place of birth: Goyura, Victoria, Australia
  • Date of death: 12/10/1917
  • Place of death: Augustus Wood, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 25
  • Profession: Farmer
  • Country: Australia
  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Service number: 5689
  • Enlistment date: 13/03/1916
  • Enlistment place: Horsham, Victoria, Australia
  • Last known unit: Australian Infantry, 39th Bn.
  • Force: Australian Imperial Force


Additional information

Before the war Lance Corporal Found Neal worked as a farmer in Goyura, Victoria, Australia
where he was born 23 years earlier than his enlistment in Horsham,Vict. He was married with
Isabella A.M. and had 2 children: 1 son Francis John an 1 daughter Rita Annie.
He served in the 39th Battalion (part of the 3th Division, 10th Brigade) of the AIF. together with his
older brother Laurence Daniel. Started as private on 22th June 1917 he was appointed Lance
Around 4 o’clock in the morning of 12th October 1917 the 39th Battalion arrived at the point of assembly wich was reached with only very slight casualties.
Just prior to the arrival at that point the Germans shelled them heavely and continued to do so during the operations and also while they were holding the consolidated Line.
About 8 a.m. some men were bunched together behind pillboxes and did not know what to do as
they had no officer with them. Forward troops were held up by snipers and machine gun fire.
The 10th Brigade was ordered then to dig in on the present line running from the junction of the
railway line with the road, thence to S.E. corner of August wood, thence along southern edge of
Wood to cross roads near Waterfields.
The brigade was relieved in the evening of 13th October 1917.
It was during these events that Lance Corporal Found Neal was killed in action. As he has no
known grave, his name is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial panel 25 N.
His older brother, Private Lawrence Found, of the same battalion, was wounded during the action in
which Neal was killed. Lawrence suffered a gunshot wound to the head, which caused a depressed
fracture to his skull. Gravely ill, he passed away 11 days after his brother, on the 23 October 1917.
Lawrence is buried in the St Sever Cemetery Extension at Rouen in France.
A third and older brother, Private Albert Found, 8th Light Horse Regiment, married with two children, was returned to Australia a month after the death of his brothers, suffering from debility and
heart trouble.