AYNSLEY, Richard

Service Number: 991
Enlisted: 19 October 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Field Ambulance
Born: New Delaval, Blyth, Northumberland, England, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Weston, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: New Delaval School, England
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, Bullecourt, France, 6 May 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kurri Kurri War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

19 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 991, 4th Field Ambulance, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '22' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Berrima embarkation_ship_number: A35 public_note: ''
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 991, 4th Field Ambulance, HMAT Berrima, Melbourne

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Brother of Robert Aynsley and Dora Aynsley

Statement, Red Cross File No 0170706L, 2023 Corporal F. RYAN MM, 4th Field Ambulance, 16 November 1917: 'I was with him and several others of this unit when a shell fell amongst us killing No. 991. Pte R. Ayns;ey, No. 1557 Smart, and No. 3073 Elliott. Aynsley had both legs broken[,] one in two places[,] an arm was also broken and there were two other deep wounds. I have heard that they were all buried together on the field near where they fell. That is near the Bullecourt Road about half a mile from the railway crossing. I have not seen the graves as we left that part before they were buried. The three are so I understand all buried together so there should be little difficulty in finding Aynsley's body.'

Second statement, 11858 Pte C.E.J. FLETCHER, 4th Field Ambulance, 29 October 1917: 'I did not see him killed but helped to bury him along side the trench between Noreuil and Bullecourt. Sgt. Williams erected a cross on his grave. It was not in a cemetery.'