Eugene Schuyler EARLE


EARLE, Eugene Schuyler

Service Number: 589
Enlisted: 18 April 1916, Rutherford, NSW
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 33rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, 8 April 1895
Home Town: Armidale, Armidale Dumaresq, New South Wales
Schooling: Armidale District School & Private Tuitition
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Armentieres, France, 2 December 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
Plot IV, Row B, Grave 43
Memorials: Armidale Protestant Alliance Friendly Society Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dangarsleigh War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

18 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 589, 33rd Infantry Battalion, Rutherford, NSW
4 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 589, 33rd Infantry Battalion
4 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 589, 33rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Marathon, Sydney
4 May 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 33rd Infantry Battalion
2 Dec 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 589, 33rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Eugene Schuyler EARLE was born on 8th April, 1895 in Armidale, New South Wales

His parents were Albert Berry EARLE & Flora Margaret McDONALD who married in Armidale in 1893

He had previously served for 2 years in the Military (Citizens Forces) with the 13th Infantry before he enlisted on 18th April, 1916  as a Private & was promoted to Sergeant the same day he embarked with the 33rd Infantry Battalion, B Company on the ship HMAT Marathon from Sydney on 4th May, 1916

Before enlisting he had spent some time as instructor with the 33rd Battalion in the Armidale Camp 

Eugene was Killed in Action by a bullet from an enemy sniper at Armentieres in France on 2nd December, 1916 while posting his men & instructing observers in front of Armentieres

Eugene is buried in Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row B, Grave 43)

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

Medals:  British War Medal & Victory Medal


He was a direct decendant of General Phillip Schuyler (American War of Independance)

Lieutenant-Colonel L J Morshead, writing afterwards to Mrs. Earle, stated that her son, Sergeant Earle was "fearless, reliable, honest, hardworking & conscientious, he was loved by his men and respected by all.

In his quiet gentlemanly way, he had the confidence of both his men & officers and I had him on my list for a commission"