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George Herbert ZELLER

Regimental number2025
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
SchoolChinchilla State School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressChinchilla, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.9
Height5' 5.5"
Weight139 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Zeller, Chinchilla, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Citizen Military Forces, Chinchilla, Queensland.
Enlistment date28 June 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name25th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/42/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 16 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll25th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 9 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialWarloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row E, Grave No. 3), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Ann ZELLER
Family/military connectionsBrother: 5700 Pte Thomas ZELLER, 26th Bn, killed in action, 7 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 25th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 10 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 March 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 18 April 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 23 June 1917.

Admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance, 2 July 1917 (venereal disease: gonorrhoea), and transferred to 9th Casualty Clearing Station; to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 9 July 1917; discharged to Base, 20 September 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 81 days.

Rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 October 1917.

Wounded in action, 9 April 1918 (contusion facial region and thigh abrasions), and admitted to 5th Australian Field Ambulance.

Died of wounds, 9 April 1918.

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

Mother wrote to Base Records, January 1920: 'With regard to the War gratuity to the next-of-kin or parents of the Fallen heroes. Both my lads namely No. 2025 Corporal G.H. Zeller, 25th Batt. died of wounds 9.4.18 and No. 5700 Private T. Zeller, 26th Batt. killed in action on 7.10.1917, both made their Will in my favour as they always helped in my support before enlisting especially Corporal G.H. Zeller. Can I by any chance get the bonds cashed after they are issued, as altho' the Military allow me £1 week pension it is very hard to live on £1 per week now and owing to the dreadful drought we have nothing coming in this last 6 months and our few cattle are all dying out.'
SourcesNAA: B2455, ZELLER George Herbert

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