Walter Henry CHIBNALL

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CHIBNALL, Walter Henry

Service Number: 1626
Enlisted: 15 March 1916, Beaufort, Victoria
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 10th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Snake Valley, Victoria, Australia , 13 January 1885
Home Town: Beaufort, Pyrenees, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Hit by shell , Passchendaele, Belgium, 12 October 1917, aged 32 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 31), Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Beaufort War Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

15 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1626, 39th Infantry Battalion, Beaufort, Victoria
27 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1626, 39th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1626, 39th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
12 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 1626, 10th Light Trench Mortar Battery, 1st Passchendaele

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Biography

"...1626 Private Walter Henry Chibnall, 10th Light Trench Mortar Battery. Born in Snake Valley, Vic, he was a miner at Beaufort, Victoria, before he enlisted on 15 March 1916 and embarked on HMAT Ascanius with the 1st Reinforcements of the 39th Battalion. On 27 May 1916 he was transferred to the 10th Light Trench Mortar Battery on 7 August 1916 where he was promoted to Corporal on 15 September 1917. He was killed in action at Passchendaele, Belgium, on 12 October 1917, aged 32, when he and a comrade were hit by a shell while taking shelter in a crater. He is commemorated on panel 19 of The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

Father William Anthony Chibnall and Mother Amy Bridget Chibnall (nee Wright)

Enlisted in the First AIF on 15 March 1916

Embarked from Melbourne on the HMAT ASCANIUS with the 1st reinforcements for the 39th Battalion. He was transferred to the 10th Light Trench Mortar Battery where he was promoted to Corporal on 15 September 1917.

12/10/1917: Killed in action at Passchendaele, Belium when he and a comrade were hit by a shell while taking shelter in a crater.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  29/11/2014.  Lest we forget.

Walter's son VX39948 Pte. William Beresford Chibnall (/explore/people/623102) died at Ambon, while in Japanese hands on 20 Feb 1942

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From In Memory Of

In Memory Of Corporal Walter Henry Chibnall (13 January 1885 - 12 October 1917).

He was a miner from Beaufort, Victoria.

Corporal Chibnall enlisted on the 15th of March 1916 and embarked on HMAT Ascanius with the 1st Reinforcements on the 27th of May 1916. He was transferred to the 10th Light Trench Mortar Battery on the 7th of August 1916 where he was promoted to Corporal on the 15th of September 1917.

Corporal Chibnall was killed in action at Passchendaele, Belgium, on the 12th of October 1917, aged 32, when he and a comrade were hit by a shell while taking shelter in a crater. He is commemorated on The Menin Gate Memorial.

His son, William Beresford (Billy) Chibnall (the young boy in the photograph), born in Beaufort, Victoria, enlisted in the second AIF during WW2, and served with the 2/21st Battalion. He was taken prisoner of war by the Japanese at Ambon where he died, aged 30, on the 20th of February 1942.

It is probable that Billy Chibnall was executed by the Japanese. He has no known grave. He is memorialised on Ambon Memorial which is located in the Ambon War Cemetery.

Lest We Forget.

Photograph and some information came from the Australian War Memorial. Image file number AWM P05483.001

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