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Regimental number8773
Place of birthMarryatville, South Australia
SchoolNorwood Public School; St Paul's Pultneney St Chruch School, Adelaide, South Australia
Other trainingSchool of Mines, Adelaide, SA
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTurner and fitter
Address99 Gilbert Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Weight186 lbs
Next of kinFather, Arthur Burchell, 99 Gilbert Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceAustralian Infantry (1.5 years)
Enlistment date6 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll5 November 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentDriver
Unit name2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
AWM Embarkation Roll number25/90/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A39 Port Macquarie on 16 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularGassed, 8 October 1918; admitted to 12th Casualty Clearing station, and transferred to the Ambulance Train on October 9th. He died in the 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, October 19th.
FateDied of disease 19 October 1918
Place of death or woundingAbbeville, France
Age at death32
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialAbbeville Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot IV, Row H, Grave No. 20), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur and the late Emily BURCHELL, 99 Gilbert Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Family/military connectionsCousins (1st) Edwin BURCHELL, invalided back to Australia with shell-shock to the heart; died on passage; (2nd) William George FOX, Light Horse, killed in action, Palestine.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 16 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Transferred from 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, no date stated; taken on strength of 22nd Howitzer Battery, 10 March 1916, and posted 105 Battery.

Appointed Wheeler at own request, 10 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, Alexandria, 18 March 1916; disembarked, Marseilles, France, 25 March 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of 5th Field Artillery Bde, 13 May 1916.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 19 December 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 19 March 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 19 August 1918; rejoined unit, 5 September 1918.

Wounded in action, 8 October 1918, and admitted to No 12 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (gassed); transferred to Ambulance Train, 9 October 1918; to No 2 Stationary Hospital, Abbeville, 9 October 1918.

Died, No 2 Stationary Hospital, 19 October 1918 (gas poisoning, and pneumonia).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BURCHELL Harold

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