Royal Ernest Henry (Roy) MITCHELL

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MITCHELL, Royal Ernest Henry

Service Number: 6068
Enlisted: 20 April 1916, Ararat, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 39th Infantry Battalion
Born: Willenabrina, Victoria, 26 June 1896
Home Town: Hopetoun, Yarriambiack, Victoria
Schooling: Hopetoun West Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 4 October 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

20 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6068, Ararat, Victoria
28 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6068, 8th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
28 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6068, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
4 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6068, 39th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

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Biography

Older brother of 7116 Pte. Robert Daniel Mitchell (/explore/people/59620) who died the day before, also in Belgium. 

"Flags were flying at half-mast in Hopetoun again yesterday. Truly this district is paying a heavy toll in comparison with the number of volunteers who left. This time distressing news was that two brothers, Privates Roy and Robert Mitchell, had paid the supreme sacrifice. Their parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Mitchell, of Hopetoun West, and they were born and reared in the district. The greatest sympathy is felt for the bereaved ones in the loss of two such fine lads." - from the Hopetoun Courier and Mallee Pioneer 16 Nov 1917 (nla.gov.au)

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