Andrew SUTHERLAND

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SUTHERLAND, Andrew

Service Number: 701
Enlisted: 23 February 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dallas, Elginshire, Scotland, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 20 September 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Mount Gambier War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

23 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1
31 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 701, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
31 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 701, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 701, 27th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 701, 27th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Third Ypres
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Third Ypres
Date unknown: Involvement 27th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Private Andrew Sutherland is recorded in the Morayshire Roll of Honour (1921, 439) as follows: ‘No. 701, Pte., 27th Btn. Australian Imperial Forces [sic]; born at Dallas, 1895; joined in Australia, 1915; served in Egypt, Dardanelles, and France; killed in France, August 1917. Son of Hugh Sutherland, Moorak, Mount Gambier, South Australia and Agnes Knox or Sutherland. Occupation, farmer.’ Commonwealth War Graves Commission notes him as Australian Infantry, died 20th September 1917, commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, panel 7 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 27 - 29 - 31.

.Australian Archives (Ref. D2994/2038943) His surviving paybook notes he enlisted at Millicent, South Australia on 23 February 1915 aged 21½, listed as ‘C’ Company 27th Battalion, with next of kin being his mother Mrs Agnes Sutherland, Mount Gambier. Embarked from Adelaide on 31 May 1915 on HMAT Geelong where he forfeited 7 days’ pay on 9 June 1915, 20 July 1915 at Abbesia Camp, 23 December at Mudros, 15 January 1916 at Tel-al-Kidu, 4 November 1916 at Bovington. Upon his death had £266.16.0 in his paybook, to which his mother made claim. Family listed as Hugh Sutherland (father) Anne Sutherland (sister) of Millicent, S. Kinmonth, Agnes Margaret Sutherland (sister) of Adelaide, Jessie Sutherland (sister) of Adelaide, Jean Sutherland (sister) of Moorak, Hugh Sutherland (brother) of Mount of Gambier, Alick Sutherland (brother) of Mount Gambier and W Sutherland (brother). Reported in the Border Watch (Mount Gambier, South Australia) of 17th October 1917 of the following: ‘Private A. Sutherland Killed in Action. The Rev. Jas. Cully, B.A., received a communication from Major Pendlebury on Thursday morning stating it was officially reported that Priv. A. Sutherland had been killed in action on September 20, and asking him to notify the soldier’s mother. The rev. gentleman conveyed the sad news to Mr and Mrs H. Sutherland, of the Old Woolshed block, Moorak. Priv. Sutherland, who was 23 years of age, enlisted two years ago.

He had been wounded three times, but had on each occasion returned to the trenches after recovering. Much sympathy is felt for the parents.’

He is remembered on the Dallas War Memorial in Scotland.

Dallas War Memorial

At the junction of the Main Street and the Knockando road, Dallas War memorial commemorates the soldiers of Dallas parish who died in WW I and II. 

It is a hexagonal columnar monument topped with an ornately carved group of thistles, reminiscent of a crown, resting on a triangular pedestal on a stepped base.

The monument, which is built of freestone from the Greenbrae quarries near Hopeman, has a triangular base, on which is set a circular shaft. The memorial has three panels, the front one bearing the following inscription:- In honour of the men of Dallas parish whose names are inscribed on this memorial. They gave their lives in the Great War, 1914-1919. “See ye to it that these shall not have died in vain.”

 

The Dallas War Memorial is situated to the South-west of the village of Dallas and takes the form of a column with a pedestal, which formerly was topped with the figure of a British lion, though this has been removed. Unveiling ceremony was undertaken on 10th April 1921 and was reported in The Northern Scot newspaper of 16th April 1921 as follows: ‘Two More Moray War Memorials Unveiled. Impressive Ceremonies at Mosstodloch and Dallas.

 

Also commemorated on the Mount Gambier War Memorial, South Australia

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