Eric Alexander KINGEL

KINGEL, Eric Alexander

Service Number: 4594
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, 30 April 1896
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Sydney University, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: University Student
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 7 June 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gracemere Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Northbridge (Shore) Sydney Church of England Grammar School Memorial Cricket Ground Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

15 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 4594, 1st Infantry Battalion
15 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 4594, 1st Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Sydney
7 Jun 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, 4594, 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1)

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Son of Theodore W and Janet KINGEL

The Mayor, Alderman T. W. Kingel, has been officially advised that his only son, Lance-corporal Eric Alexander Kingel, No. 4004 has been reported as wounded and missing. Early last month Lance corporal Kingel, who is only twenty one years of age and is a member of the Forty-fifth (late First) Battalion of the Australian Imperial Forces, was reported as having been wounded but no  further information came to hand until Tuesday night last. The young soldier enlisted a a private in Sydney two years ago. At that time he was a student at the Sydney University, where he had completed his second year's course in civil engineering. He left Australia early in January, 1916, and since June of the same year he has been on active service in France. Prior to being reported wounded this time he was slightly gassed. Lance-Corporal Kingel entered the Rockhampton Boys' Grammar School after winning a state school  schlarship, and as a student of the school missed the University junior examination. Subsequently he attended the Church of England Grammar School, Sydney, and passed the Sydney University senior examination and matriculated, after which he entered the Sydney University. While attending the Rockhampton Grammar School he was an enthusiast in rifle shoot ing and won several prizes. In the cadets he held the position of sergeant. When in Sydney he was a member of the champion school rifle team of New South Wales. It is to be hoped that good news of Lance-corporal Kingel will soon be received by Mr. and Mrs. Kingel.