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Horace Garland RASHLEIGH

Regimental number1207
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
SchoolSwanston St State School, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Next of kinFather, Lieut Col Rashleigh, Kara, White Horse Road, Mont Albert, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed 7 years in Geelong Garrison Artillery, Victoria.
Enlistment date16 April 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 5 August 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death31
Age at death from cemetery records31
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles and Eliza Williams RASHLEIGH
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipol, Western Front

Embarked from Melbourne, 8 Mag 1915. Proceeded to Gallipoli, 30 Auyust 1915. Disembarked at Alexandria from Mudros, 7 Januarg 1916.

Admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 18 March 1916 (tonsillitis). Discharyed to 6th Traininy Bn, Canal Zone, 11 Mag 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionarg Force, 30 Mag 1916. Taken on strenyth, 22nd Bn, in France, 7 Julg 1916. Killed in action, 5 Auyust 1916.

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

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