Herbert (Bert) ADLER


ADLER, Herbert

Service Number: 412
Enlisted: 7 August 1916
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 4th Machine Gun Company
Born: Murtoa , Victoria, Australia, June 1893
Home Town: Lalbert, Gannawarra, Victoria
Schooling: Talgitcha N°537 State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Farm labourer
Died: Hit by shell, Passchendaele Ridge, Belgium, 17 October 1917
Cemetery: Dochy Farm New British Cemetery
Orginally buried in an isolated grave 1 mile NE of Zonnebeke.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

7 Aug 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 412, 15th Machine Gun Company
20 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, SN 412, 15th Machine Gun Company, Third Ypres
20 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, SN 412, 15th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Port Lincoln, Melbourne
13 Jun 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 412, 15th Machine Gun Company, Messines, GSW left Shoulder
22 Jun 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 15th Machine Gun Company
23 Jun 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 4th Machine Gun Company
17 Oct 1917: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 412, 4th Machine Gun Company, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Footsteps 1914-1918

In the Footsteps of…
Lance Corporal Herbert Adler
4th Coy. Australian Machine Gun Corps
Son of Karl and Mary Adler of Lalbert , Victoria both were deceased when Herbert joined
Born in Murtoa , Victoria ,educated at Talgitcha N°537 State School and became a farm labourer after he left school.
He joined on 24 July 1916 in Melbourne and was posted to N°5 Coy. Machine Gun Depot , Seymour
Herbert embarked , 20 October, with the 6th Reinforcements from Melbourne , per Troopship ‘Port Lincoln’. After a stopover , 5 December in Sierra Leone, he boarded Troopship ‘Ulysses’ , and disembarked at Devonport , 28 December , taken on strength at Perham Downs the following day.
On 13 February 1917 , he was transferred to the 4th Divisional Machine Gun Coy and left for France , April 26th
After a brief stay in the Australian Machine Gun Base Depot at Camiers, he marched out to join the 4th Australian Machine Gun Coy and was taken on strength May 5th in Ribemont.

On 13 June 1917, Messines sector, he was wounded action , gunshot wound to the left shoulder, and admitted to the 77th Field Ambulance and later 1st New Zealand Field Ambulance. Discharged to duty June 21st and rejoined his unit the same day. Appointed Lance Corporal June 22nd .
Killed in action 17 October 1917 and buried in an isolated grave 1 mile NE of Zonnebeke.
Exhumed 3 September 1919 and reburied at Dochy Farm New British Cemetery.
An eye-witness report of Herbert’s death , Private A.G.Anderson , 4th Australian Machine Gun Coy. :
‘ Known as ‘Bert’ . Casualty was sitting at the machine gun position at Passchendaele Ridge. I was on the next guns to casualty about 10 yards away. An high explosive shell exploded in the center of the gun party killing casualty instantly and Corporal Wright and Private Milne. He was buried with the other men about 20 yards from where they fell. I helped to bury him. A cross was erected with his name and number on it ’
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