Cpl
Frederick Furnell

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1887
Place of birth:
Newport, Victoria, Australia

General information

Last known residence:
Ascot Vale, Victoria, Australia
Profession:
Fireman (steam engine)
Religion:
Church of England

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Corporal
Service number:
511
Enlistment date:
14/12/1916
Enlistment place:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Light Railway Operating Company, 1st Coy.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
19/09/1917
Place of death:
Swan Chateau, Ieper, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
30

Cemetery

Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery
Plot: II
Row: A
Grave: 7

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place

My story

Frederick Furnell was the son of Frederick and Bridget (Dalia) Furnell. He was born around 1887 in Newport, Australia, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. He lived in Ascot Vale, Victoria and worked as a stoker. He enlisted in the Australian Army on 14 December 1916. He was with the 1st Australian Light Railway Operating Company. His younger brother Gilbert James Furnell had enlisted a year earlier on 16 April 1915. He was first attached to the Australian Naval Bridging Train, but then transferred to the 2nd Pioneer Battalion, where he eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant.

Frederick died on 19 September 1917. According to his father, Frederick went to visit his younger brother Gilbert and dined with him and some others in a hut near Swan Ch√Ęteau. A shell hit a tree and exploded. 26-year-old Gilbert was injured in the head, right leg and right arm, Frederick died shortly after the explosion.

Gilbert also died of his injuries a few hours later and was buried in The Huts Cemetery (plot VI, row B, grave 14). The 30-year-old Frederick is buried in Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery (plot II, row A, grave 7).

Connection to other soldiers 1

Sources 4

1st Australian Light Railway Operating Company (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 15/2/1).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
Sources used
First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920, (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455, FURNELL F).
https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SessionTimeout.aspx
Sources used
Image
https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/229165119?keyword=Furnell
Sources used
Roll Of Honour (Austarlian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), RCDIG1068867).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
Sources used

More information 4