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Gilbert James Furnell

Informatie over geboorte

Geboortejaar:
1891
Geboorteplaats:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australië

Algemene Informatie

Laatst gekende woonplaats:
Gardenvale, Victoria, Australië
Beroep:
Smid
Geloof:
Church of England

Informatie legerdienst

Land:
Australië
Strijdmacht:
Australian Imperial Force
Rang:
Luitenant
Service nummer:
269
Dienstneming datum:
16/04/1915
Dienstneming plaats:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australië
Eenheden:
 —  Australian Pioneers, 2nd Bn.  (Laatst gekende eenheid)

Informatie over overlijden

Datum van overlijden:
19/09/1917
Plaats van overlijden:
Dikkebus, België
Doodsoorzaak:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)
Leeftijd:
26

Begraafplaats

The Huts Cemetery
Plot: VI
Rij: B
Graf: 14

Onderscheidingen en medailles 4

1914-15 Star
Medaille
British War Medal
Medaille
Mentioned in Despatches
Honourable mentioning
Victory Medal
Medaille

Points of interest 3

#1 Geboorteplaats
#2 Laatst gekende woonplaats
#3 Dienstneming plaats

Mijn verhaal

Lieutenant Gilbert James Furnell, joined the 8th Field Company Engineers at 18, and although he had no previous experience he progressed quickly and became a Lance Corporal before he got his first uniform. In 1915, the former blacksmith was then a Sergeant; he enlisted with the Naval Bridging Train of the AIF as a Chief Petty Officer and was with from their landing at Suvla Bay until the evacuation.

When the 2nd Pioneers were formed in Egypt he transferred to them and as the war progressed served with them until the end in the meantime having gained his commission. Furnell, recommended for a Military Medal in 1916, was mentioned in despatches by General Birdwood for going out into no man’s land and bringing in a wounded comrade:
“Set splendid example by his courage and coolness during operations at Gird Trench”
In the second half of 1917 the Company worked at the front in Flanders during the Battle of Passchendaele.
Gilbert Furnell was wounded in May 1917 and shortly after returning to his unit suffered terrible wounds when he was badly hit on the 19th September 1917.

On that date, his brother Frederick, a Corporal in the Railway Unit, was visiting him, they in company with others were having dinner in a shack, all that was left of Swan Chateau Ypres, headquarters of the 2nd Pioneers when a 9.5 inch shell struck a tree, exploded and killed 8 of them, including a Major. Frederick died in 20 minutes, Gilbert lived for four hours, dying in a dressing station.

Gilbert Furnell, 26 years old, was buried in The Huts Cemetery, Dickebusch, Belgium plot VI, row B, grave 14.

Connectie's met andere militairen 1

Bronnen 4

2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion, (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM4 14/14/16).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
Gebruikte bronnen
First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920, (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455, FURNELL G J).
https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SessionTimeout.aspx
Gebruikte bronnen
Roll Of Honour (Austarlian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), RCDIG1068867).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
Gebruikte bronnen
Unit embarkation nominal rolls, 1914-18 War (Australian War Memorial, Campbell (AWM), AWM8).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
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