Harry MITCHELL MM

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MITCHELL, Harry

Service Number: 3588
Enlisted: 18 August 1915, Lismore, New South Wales
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 1st Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Ballina, New South Wales, 11 August 1897
Home Town: Ballina, Ballina, New South Wales
Schooling: Ballina Superior Public School
Occupation: Mercer
Died: Died of Wounds, 17th CCS, Zonnebeke, Belgium, 4 October 1917, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot XX, Row D, Grave 7A. His is located at panel 11 in the Commemorative Area at the AWM, Canberra
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

18 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3588, Lismore, New South Wales
3 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3588, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
3 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3588, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
4 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 3588, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, Broodseinde Ridge

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Biography

Father  Charles Albert Mitchell and Mother Matilda (nee _____), Swift Street, Ballina, NSW

One of five brothers who served in the First World War (3 were wounded).

Described on enlisting as 19 years old; single; 5' 3" tall;    Church of England

18/8/1915          Enlisted at Lismore, NSW

3/1/1916            Embarked from Brisbane on HMAT Kyarra A55
                          as a Private with     reinforcements 25 Infantry Battalion

The HMAT A55 Kyarra weighed 6,953 tons with an average cruise speed of 14 knots or 25.92 kmph. It was owned by the AUSN Co Ltd, London, and manned by Australia officers and crew. The Kyarra was leased by the Commonwealth until 4 January 1918. The Kyarra was torpedoed and sunk by a submarine in the English Channel, 26 May 1918.

3588 Gunner (Gnr) Harry Mitchell, 1st Battery, 1st Field Artillery Brigade (1 FAB)

3/7/1916           Appointed Driver . Driver MITCHELL was wounded”

 

Military Medal (MM) for his service in action at Westhoek 2-4 October 1917, (East of Ypres).
"These Drivers have been conspicuous in devotion to their work and horses carrying ammunition in the short time available – setting a fine example of gallantry and enthusiasm. The result of the work of the Drivers was that the Battery had 8,000 rounds on the morning of the attack (4/19/1917) of which they had salved 1,000 rounds. Driver Mitchell was wounded".

3/10/1917           Gunshot wounds hand, head, chest and shoulder, at Zonnebeke, Belgium

4/10/1917           He died of wounds at the 17th Casualty Clearing Station, Lijssenthoek.

                          buried next to Lieutenant Lauriston Brownell, from Tasmania
                          Plot XX, Row D, Grave 7A
                          Lijjenthoek Military Cemetery, Properinghe, Belgium

17/12/1917        Honoured for Military Medal - London Gazette
2/5/1918            Honoured for Military Medal - Australian Gazette

 

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.   18 September 2014.  Lest we forget.

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