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John Albert HARRELL

Regimental number1392
Date of birth29 February 1892
Place of birthMerriton, near Crystal Brook, South Australia
SchoolMerriton and Snowtown Public Schools, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter
Address3 George Street, North Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8.5"
Weight175 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ann Harrell, 3 George Street, North Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 June 1915
Place of enlistmentKeswick, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Divisional Ammunition Column
FateKilled in Action 4 February 1917
Place of death or woundingFlers, France
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialGuards' Cemetery (Plot VII, Row O, Grave No. 3), Lesboeufs, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
21
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Francis and Mary Elizabeth Ann HARRELL. Native of Snowtown, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 142 Pte William Morris HARRELL, 1st Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 14 August 1915; 1464 Pte Francis Charles HARRELL, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 20 December 1917. Brother in law: 739 Pte Eric Chalcroft BELL, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, killed in action, Gallipoli, 19 May 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Heliopolis, 28 December 1915. Admitted to 4th Auxiliary Hospital, 3 January 1916 (mumps); discharged to duty, 31 January 1916.

Transferred to 5th Divisional Artillery, 1 April 1916; taken on strength, 5th Field Artillery Brigade, Ismailia, 2 April 1916, mustered as Gunner and posted to Brigade Ammunition Column. Mustered as Driver, Ferry Post, 18 April 1916.

Transferred to 5th Divisional Ammunition Column, 25 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916.

Killed in action in the field (shell fire), 4 February 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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