Harry KESSELL MID

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KESSELL, Harry

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 22 June 1901
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Leamington, England, 13 January 1874
Home Town: Queenscliff, Victoria
Schooling: Dunedin Public School
Occupation: Clerk/Commercial businessman
Died: Died of Wounds (received at Gallipoli), Heliopolis, Egypt, 3 July 1915, aged 41 years
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Moorabbin Boer War Memorial
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Boer War Service

22 Jun 1901: Enlisted Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion)
23 Jun 1901: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Lieutenant, 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles, The Boer Offensive
6 May 1902: Discharged Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion)
7 May 1902: Enlisted Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion)
8 May 1902: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse

World War 1 Service

23 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, Melbourne, Victoria
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
2 May 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (shoulder)

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Biography

The son of Sophia Eliza and Thomas Norman Kessell, Harry arrived in Australia in 1889 aged 15.

He served in the Boer War and was there mentioned in despatches.

Harry suffered a GSW on 02 May 1915 at Gallipoli, and died of his wounds two months later in an Egyptian hospital.