Albert E (Bert) PELLOW


PELLOW, Albert E

Service Number: 3120
Enlisted: 16 January 1917, Royal Park, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 37th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia, 21 January 1892
Home Town: Violet Town, Strathbogie, Victoria
Schooling: Cootamundra Public School
Occupation: Jockey
Died: Died of wounds, France, 26 August 1918, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Cootamundra War Memorial, Cootamundra War Memorial, Violet Town Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

16 Jan 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3120, Royal Park, Victoria
19 Feb 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3120, 37th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Melbourne
19 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3120, 37th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
4 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3120, 37th Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge
27 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3120, 37th Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days", GSW (chest)

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PELLOW Albert 3120 PTE
37th Battalion

Albert (Bert) Pellow terminated his career as a jockey to enlist on 16 January 1917 at the age of 25. Although he was born in Cootamundra NSW he forged a link with Violet Town when working at William White’s racing stables.

His parents were John and Elizabeth Pellow. His father died in 1901 when Bert was only nine years old; his mother Elizabeth re-married three years later to Leslie Darlow. Bert grew up with plenty of siblings and half- siblings. He was short and slight; the right build for a jockey.

In January 1917 when he was 24 years old he enlisted in Melbourne. One month later he embarked on the Ballarat arriving at Devonport at the end of April. From there he attended No 12 training camp at Durrington on the Salisbury Plain. From there he proceeded overseas to Rouelles in France from where he was taken on strength (TOS) of the 37th Battalion on 1 September 1917. For the next year his battalion fought at the battle of Broodseinde on 4 October, the battle of Passchendaele on 12 October, remaining in Belgium for the next five months, then rushed south to France in late March 1918 to meet the German Spring Offensive. The Battalion continued to play an active role throughout August and early September in the 3rd Division’s advance along the Somme valley.

It was during this time, on 26 August that Bert was wounded in action; a penetrating gunshot wound to the chest. He died the next day. He is buried at Daours Communal Cemetery Extension. . . Plot 8, Row A, Grave 53.

His mother wrote letters to the department to find out particulars of Bert’s death but it wasn’t until she wrote directly to the Minister for Defence, Senator Pearce, in May 1919 that she found out details of Bert’s death and final resting place. Elizabeth had moved to Sydney by 1924 for it was from her address in the suburb of Enmore that she wrote requesting a photograph of her son’s headstone. She died in 1935 aged 63.

Memorials: Memorial Scroll and Plaque were sent to his mother in 1922
                    Main Honour Board, Memorial Hall, Violet Town.
                    Copper Plaque affixed to exterior wall of Memorial Hall, Violet Town
                    Cootamundra NSW War Memorial

A tree was planted in 1917

In 2013 a Ceratonia siliqua – Carob Tree – was planted in McDiarmid’s Road by Councillor Pat Storer.

© 2016 Sheila Burnell