Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 20 July 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, 27 September 1880
Home Town: St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Scotch College
Occupation: Merchant
Died: Killed In Action, Belgium, 25 September 1917, aged 36 years
Cemetery: Hooge Crater Cemetery
Memorials: MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club, Victorian Jewish War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

20 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer , 58th Infantry Battalion
2 Oct 1916: Involvement 58th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
2 Oct 1916: Embarked 58th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
25 Sep 1917: Involvement Lieutenant, 58th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Lieut. Samuel Rosenthal, third son of Mrs. Martha and the late Joseph Rosenthal, of 47 Dickens-street, St. Kilda, aged 36 years, was killed in the action fought in Polygon Wood (Flanders) on the 25th September, 1917. Lieut. Rosenthal enlisted anD went into camp as a Private on 5th August, 1915, and was sent into the officers' school on the 21st August, and was made a Corporal. As 2nd Lieutenant Rosenthal he did some work at Duntroon. Then he was sent to Broadmeadows, and was shortly afterwards put in charge of the reserve troops. He did very excellent work, as he managed his men well, and thoroughly understood them. At one time he was Commanding Officer of 700 men. Although his  services were well needed here in the reserves, he, was very anxious to get to the front. He left Melbourne tor London in September, 1916. Unfortunately Lieut. Rosenthal took ill in London, where he underwent some few operations. Having recovered from these, he was sent to France, where he did some excellent work in the Commissiariat Department, for which he was commended and made 1st. Lieutenant. He again begged to be sent into the firing fine, as he was always anxious to have (to use his  own words) a "go at Fritz."

News of his death was cabled to Melbourne by his sister—Sister Leah Rosenthal—a Queen Alexandra nurse, who left here two years ago, and has been nursing in France for the  past seventeen months, and who is now at the 33rd Casualty Clearing Station, France. Lieut. Rosenthal leaves a little daughter, Jean, 7 1/2 years. He was educated at the Scotch  College melbourne.

The "Sporting Judge" (Melbourne), of 6th October, thus refers to the killing in action of Lieut. Rosenthal.  "Another of our dear citizens has made the great sacrifice. On Wednesday came the painful message that Lieutenant S. Rosenthal had been killed in France. Good, cheery Sam, one of the most genial of men, and a sportsman. The deceased  Was a brother of Mr. H. Rosenthal, of the" Beehive Stores, Elizabeth-street.