August Carl MEYER

MEYER, August Carl

Service Number: 1757
Enlisted: 23 June 1915
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 2nd Divisional Signal Company
Born: Peterborough (Formerly Petersburg), South Australia, Australia, 30 August 1896
Home Town: Subiaco, Nedlands, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Illness, France, 5 December 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Le Cateau Communal Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Subiaco Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Subiaco Methodist Church HR
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World War 1 Service

23 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1757, 28th Infantry Battalion
23 Jul 1915: Involvement Private, 1757, 28th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '16' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Demosthenes embarkation_ship_number: A64 public_note: ''
23 Jul 1915: Embarked Private, 1757, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Fremantle
15 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Sapper, 1757, 2nd Divisional Signal Company, Gas Poisoning: France
5 Dec 1918: Involvement Sapper, 1757, 2nd Divisional Signal Company, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 1757 awm_unit: 2nd Australian Division Signals Company awm_rank: Sapper awm_died_date: 1918-12-05

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Sapper August Carl Meyer (Service No:1757) initially enlisted in the AIF on 12 January 1915 (Service No:1804; 84th Infantry Goldfields) before enlisting on 23 June 1915 with 28th Infantry Battalion. Private Meyer embarked from Fremantle on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes and was in France on 24 July 1917 when he was hospitalised with Influenza. Sapper Meyer was attached to 2nd Divisional Signal Coy on 1 December 1918 when he was admitted to Le Cateau Hospital suffering from pneumonia 'and although everything possible was done for his comfort and well being, I regret to say he passed away quite peacefully, on the 5th dec 1918' (AWAM; Red Cross Files). Sapper Meyer was buried at Le Chateau Communal Cemetery. Four of Sapper Meyer's brothers served in WWI.

Born in 1896 in Petersburg South Australia, August was the youngest of nine children of August Carl Gotthilf Meyer (b1852 in Adelaide, South Australia) and Mary Jane Rounsevell (b1851 in Cornwall, England) - Mary immigrated in 1868, arriving in Adelaide on board the Orient. August Snr (a Storekkeeper) and Mary married in 1874 in Hahndorf, South Australia and lived in Hahndorf, Adelaide and Petersberg where August Snr was a Storekkeeper and Servant. Following her husband's death in 1899, Mary moved with her children to Perth, WA.

August worked as a Baker and Clerk in Perth before enlisting in the AIF.