Alfred Erold Ansell

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
Lieu de naissance:
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Informations générales


Informations service militaire

Force armée:
Australian Imperial Force
Numéro de service:
Incorporation date:
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
 —  Australian Infantry, 42nd Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
Lieu de décès:
Thames Wood, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Distinctions et médailles 3

1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points d'intérêt 2

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Mon histoire

During the night of the 2nd/3rd of October and the day of the 3rd of October, the 42nd Battalion A.I.F. bivouaced East of Ypres near the Menin Gate. The assembly position for the attack that took place on the 4th of October was located South West of Hill 40 near Zonnebeke Railway Station, between Zonnebeke stream and a line running North West from the railway at a point about D.21.d.2.1.. The Battalion Headquarter was located at D.27.a.2.5.. The plan of attack was as follows: the 43rd Battalion A.I.F. was to penetrate to 700 yards depth. The 42nd Battalion A.I.F. then had to leapfrog through the 43rd Battalion A.I.F. all the way to the red line, which ran across the railway line at D.22.b.25.65. southwards through “T” in Thames and Northward to D.22.a.5.9.. When this objective was achieved, the 44th Battalion A.I.F. and the 41st Battalion A.I.F. were to leapfrog through the 42nd Battalion A.I.F.. The 44th Battalion A.I.F. had to reach the intermediate objective, and the 41st Battalion A.I.F. had to proceed to the final objective, the blue line, located 2100 yards in enemy territory. The attack began at 6 a.m., and the 43rd Battalion A.I.F. reached its objective without much difficulties. At 4.41 a.m. the 42nd Battalion A.I.F. leapfrogged through the 43rd Battalion A.I.F. and continued the attack. There were Very Light signals, artillery and heavy shelling of Thames Wood. Nearly all the casualties fell at this stage. At 8 a.m. the 42nd Battalion A.I.F. had reached its objective (the red line). After this, consolidation took place.

Private Alfred Erold Ansell was killed on the 4th of October 1917. He was killed some 50 yards on the rightside of the Railway line from Zonnebeke, going towards Passchendaele. The 42nd Battalion had taken its objective, located 500 yards from Zonnebeke Station, and was consolidating the line. A shell landed in the trench where private Alfred Erold Ansell sat, and he was killed outright. He was buried where he fell.