Joseph Marshall GARE

GARE, Joseph Marshall

Service Number: 6269
Enlisted: 26 April 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Naracoorte, South Australia , 24 September 1885
Home Town: Naracoorte, Naracoorte and Lucindale, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Died of self inflicted wounds to abdomen, Military Hospital, Tidworth, England, United Kingdom, 28 March 1917, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Tidworth Military Cemetery, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Boulder Roll of Honor, Boulder Roll of Honour Board, Kojonup RSL War Memorial, Naracoorte War Memorial, Naracoorte and District Town Hall Honour Board WW1
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World War 1 Service

26 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
13 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, 6269, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '12' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Suffolk embarkation_ship_number: A23 public_note: ''
13 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, 6269, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Suffolk, Fremantle

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 28th March…… Joseph Marshall Gare was born at Naracoorte, South Australia on 24th September, 1885. His mother – Ellen Gare, died on 16th March, 1898.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 26th April, 1916 as a 30 year old, single, Blacksmith from Kojonup, Western Australia.

Private Joseph Marshall Gare, Service number 6269, embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia on HMAT Suffolk (A23) on 13th October, 1916 with the 4th Infantry Brigade, 16th Infantry Battalion, 20th Reinforcements & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 2nd December, 1916.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.
On 20th March, 1917 Private Gare was sent sick from 4th Training Battalion to Group Hospital, Codford, Wiltshire with Mumps.

He was admitted to Military Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England on 28th March, 1917 with a wound to Abdomen.

Private Joseph Marshall Gare died at 5.30 pm (as per Morning State of Sick form) on 28th March, 1917 at Military Hospital, Tidworth, England from self-inflicted wound to Abdomen. (A Telegram from S.M.O. Headquarters Depots in England, Tidworth to Commandant, Administrative Headquarters, A.I.F. London on 30th March, 1917 recorded that Private Gare had died at 6.10 pm) The Hospital Admissions form recorded “Died 25 mins after admission to Hospital.”

A Coroner’s Court was held at Tidworth House on 30th March, 1917 into the death of Private Joseph Marshall Gare.

“The Court find the aforesaid killed himself by intentionally cutting his abdomen with a razor but that there is no evident to show what the state of his mind was at the time when he cut himself was. (Sgd Spencer Clarke – Coroner).”

He was buried on 31st March, 1917 in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 Australian WW1 War Graves are located.

[Older brother – Richard Llewellyn Gare: Enlisted 31st July, 1915 as a 37 year old Chainman from Naracoorte, South Australia. Embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on HMAT Aeneas on 11th April, 1916 with 32nd Infantry Battalion, 6th Reinforcements as Private & Service number of 2924.

Wounded in action on 2nd November, 1916.

Died of wounds in France on 22nd November, 1916. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, France.
Younger brother – Frank Evan Gare: Enlisted on 23rd September, 1915 as a 22 year old Carpenter from Kojonup, Western Australia. Embarked on 17th December, 1915 from Sydney, NSW on HMAT Berrima with 6th Field Company Engineers, 2nd Reinforce. & rank of Sapper & Service number of 5540.

Wounded in action in France on 27th July, 1916.
Sapper Frank Evan GARE, 13th Field Company Engineers, returned to Australia, 13 April 1919. Discharged from Australian Imperial Force on 29th July, 1919.]

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)