Robert Henry PARNELL

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PARNELL, Robert Henry

Service Number: 2382
Enlisted: 7 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Victoria, Australia, 9 June 1884
Home Town: Milang, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, France, 26 November 1916, aged 32 years
Cemetery: AIF Burial Ground, Grass Lane, Flers
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Milang War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

7 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2382, 32nd Infantry Battalion
9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2382, 32nd Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
26 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2382, 48th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

"THE LATE PRIVATE R. H. PARNELL.

Mr. and Mrs. Parnell, of Milang, have been notified that their eldest son, Private Robert H. Parnell, was killed in action on November 26. He was born in Victoria, and had atained the age of 31. He came to Milang with his parents 25 years ago, and enlisted at the end of 1915. Of the 40 young men who self-sacrificingly went forward to represent Milang at the front, Private Parnell is the first to make the supreme sacrifice. Two others have been wounded. Private Parnell was well liked by the residents of Milang, his kindly nature gaining him many friends." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 30 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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