Theophilus William FEUTRILL


FEUTRILL, Theophilus William

Service Number: 2376
Enlisted: 2 April 1915, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 28th Infantry Battalion
Born: Launceston, Tasmania, 20 February 1897
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Pozieres, France, 22 July 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
no known grave, memorials in Villers-Brettonex & with family in Middle Swan Cemetery, Western Australia
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World War 1 Service

2 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
13 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2376, 28th Infantry Battalion
13 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2376, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Fremantle

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Theo, as he was known, was the 4th child of Harry Edward Feutrill & Elizabeth Ellenor Sutton, he enlisted on 2 AUG 1915 at Kalgoorlie, six months after his eldest sibling, Harry Edward Feutrill Jnr. Theo left Fremantle, WA on 13 OCT 1915 onboard HMAT A32 "Themistocles", never to return to his homeland or family as he was killed in Pozieres.

There are conflicting reports on his death, one reason for this is his older brother also served in the 11th Battalion but the most common account seem to be that Theo was shelled and placed in a shell crater for safety when another shell landed nearby  resulting in Theo being buried with soil, his death is listed as 22-25 JUL 1916, again the most common account seems to be 24 JUL 1916. He was just a boy of 19.