Aubrey Francis GALE

GALE, Aubrey Francis

Service Numbers: 2832, V45264
Enlisted: 14 February 1916, Wangaratta, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 58th/59th Infantry Battalion AMF
Born: Corowa, New South Wales, 14 May 1896
Home Town: Corowa, Corowa Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Memorials: Buffalo River South State School No 3454, Myrtleford War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

14 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2832, Wangaratta, Victoria
28 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2832, 4th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
28 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2832, 4th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Dec 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 2832, 22 Corps Light Horse
2 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2832, 13th Light Horse Regiment

World War 2 Service

15 Oct 1941: Involvement Lieutenant, SN V45264, 39th Infantry Battalion AMF
24 Aug 1942: Discharged Lieutenant, SN V45264, 58th/59th Infantry Battalion AMF

Personal Story

Aubrey Francis Gale was born on 14 MAY 1896, Carnsdale, New South Wales, Australia.
Aubrey' father, Angus Crozier GALE had died early(1862–23 Oct1899, Myrtleford, Victoria) and so he and his brother James had managed the farming.
Despite this, his patriotism and horsemanship led him to volunteer for the 4th Light Horse and he was sent off to Gallipoli.
Enlistment Place
Wangaratta, Victoria
Service Number
Annie Margaret Willoughby
Relationship to Soldier

Annie Margaret Willoughby, Aubrey's mother,(Gale) had re-married since her husband Angus' death and Aubrey and James' had two step brothers -William John Willoughby(1907–1972)and Charles Edward Willoughby(1910–1979).
After serving in both World War I and WWII, Aubrey returned to Sunshine in Victoria and worked for Sunshine Harvester. This was a company providing employment building tractors and farm equipment. Aubrey had begun life as a farmer and so this was familiar territory.
Unfortunately, Aubrey's brother, James Walter Dundas Gale(1895–1917) was killed in action on the 28 Sep 1917 • Ypres (Ieper), Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Aubrey and his wife Ethyl married in 1922 and they had one son, Walter Gale.
Aubrey's WWII Military service was from 1939 - 1948
He died in1959 in Parkville, Victoria, Australia

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