Pte
Royal Ernest Henry Mitchell

Information about birth

Date of birth:
26/06/1895
Place of birth:
Hopetoun, Victoria, Australia

General information

Profession:
Labourer
Religion:
Baptist

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
6068
Enlistment date:
28/04/1916
Enlistment place:
Ararat, Victoria, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 39th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
04/10/1917
Place of death:
Beecham, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
22

Cemetery

Tyne Cot Cemetery
Plot: XXXV
Row: B
Grave: 11

Distinctions and medals 2

Additional information

Private Royal Ernest Henry enlisted in the Australian Infantery Force at 20 years of age. The former labourer belonged tot he 39th Battalion, part of the 10th Brigade, 3rd Australian Division.
Roy was single and lived home in the tiny Mallee town of Hopetoun, Victoria.

The 3rd Australian Division joined the British troops in the Battle of Broodseinde, part of the Battle of Passchendaele.
On the 4th October 1917 the 10th Brigade attacked with the 39th Battalion. They were held up by machine-gun fire from pillboxes in the New Zealand Division’s area of the Abraham heights and guns at the Beecham ruins but these were dealt with by the 40th Battalion who were in support. They went on and were forced to storm Hamburg and consolidate.

During these events, private Royal Ernest Henry Mitchell, 22 years of age was previously reported missing but later declared killed in action.
His remains were buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, plot XXXV, row B, grave 11.

Roy’s younger brother Robert Daniel Mitchell of the 23rd Battalion was killed in the same area the day before, 3rd October 1917, aged 19.

Connection to other soldiers 1

Files 1

Maps View

Sources 10

"Passchendaele, The Day-by-Day Account",McCarthy C., Arms&ArmourPress, London, 1995, page 110"
Sources used
"Passchendaele, The Day-by-Day Account",McCarthy C., Arms&ArmourPress, London, 1995, page 98-99"
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AIF Project
https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=210783
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/463980/royal-ernest-henry-mitchell/
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Newspaper article
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/120999658?searchTerm=Mitchell%207116
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Service Record
https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7983090
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The Australian War Memorial
https://www.awm.gov.au/advanced-search/people?people_preferred_name=Mitchell&people_service_number=6068&people_unit=
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The Long Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/order-of-battle-of-divisions/3rd-australian-division/
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War Diary 10th Brigade
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1347573
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War Diary 39th Battalion
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1344118
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