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Gilbert James FURNELL

Regimental number269
Place of birthNewport, Victoria
SchoolNorth Williamstown State School
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBlacksmith
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Delia Furnell, 336 New Street, Garden Vale, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date15 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentCPO
Unit name1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AWM Embarkation Roll numberMIS34.12.1.RANBT1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A39 Port Macquarie on 4 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Set splendid example by his courage and coolness during operations at Grid Trench.
Recommendation date: 26 November 1916

FateDied of wounds 19 September 1917
Place of death or woundingSwan Chateau, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death25.11
Place of burialThe Huts Cemetery (Plot VI, Row B, Grave no. 14), Dickebusch, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
172
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick and Bridget FURNELL, Gardenvale, Victoria. Native of Newport, Victoria

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