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Raymond Edward MACKRELL

Regimental number2966
Date of birth21 April 1889
Place of birthStrathbogie, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressStrathbogie, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 4.25"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinFather, Joseph Mackrell, Strathbogie PO, Strathbogie, Victoria
Enlistment date9 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 6
AWM Embarkation Roll number14/14/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 July 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date25 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Melbourne, 18 October 1916; disembarked Sierra Leone, West Africa, and transferred to 'Borda', 2 December 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 9 January 1917. Proceeded overseas to France, 5 April 1917; taken on strength, 2nd Pioneer Bn, 19 April 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 14 March 1918; rejoined unit, 8 April 1918. Detached as Loader to Australian Army Service Corps, 20 November 1917; to16th Company, AASC, 21 November 1918; to 17th Company, AASC, 6 December 1918. On leave to England, 15 February 1919; rejoined 2nd Pioneer Bn, 8 March 1919. Admitted to 55th Casualty Clearing Station, 10 April 1919 (chancroid); transferred to 7th General Hospital, 15 April 1919; to England, 18 April 1919, and admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital; discharged, 20 April 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 4 days.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karmala', 2 July 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 17 August 1919; discharged, 5 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

[Grandson stated that in later life MACKRELL had significant health problems - emphysema and pleurisy - which he attributed to the use of a faulty gas mask during a German gas attack.]
Date of death1 April 1980
Age at death91
Place of burialColac Cemetery, Victoria

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