Horace Garfield KURRLE


KURRLE, Horace Garfield

Service Number: 765
Enlisted: 16 July 1915, Melbourne
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 38th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sunbury, Victoria, Australia, 1893
Home Town: Hawksburn, Victoria
Schooling: Church of England Grammar School, Melbourne
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Armentieres, France, 2 January 1917
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

16 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 765, 38th Infantry Battalion, Melbourne
20 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 765, 38th Infantry Battalion
20 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 765, 38th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

HORACE GARFIELD KURRLE who was killed in action in France on 2nd January 1917 was the son of Mr. H. G. Kurrle. He was born in 1894 and was at the School from 1907 to 1911 when he joined the National Bank.

He enlisted in 1915. He entered an Officers' School in England and passed his examination for 2nd Lieutenant, and was given a position as Lance-Corporal in 38th Battalion. He went to France on 20th December 1916 and was killed in action less than a fortnight later
near Houplines.

A comrade writing of him says: " He was the staunchest and
cheeriest of pals and very popular with his company. All the chaps speak most highly of him. He was at his post in the trenches when he was hit and it appears had just dodged a shell that came over the parapet near him just before the one that caught him. He saw the second one as it hit the parapet and ducked for cover but ran into it."

Norman Sandiford (No. 3012 on School Roll) wrote of him
from France thus : " H. G. Kurrle (Corporal of my platoon) was on the point of being promoted to Platoon Sergeant when he was killed. His particular joy was to look after the platoon's tucker, and there never was any shortage when he was about.

His death was caused by a German trench mortar known to us as a ` pineapple,' which landed on the parapet close to his head." He was buried in the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres.


Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Horace Garfield KURRLE was born in Sunbury, Victoria in 1893

His parents were Robert Frederick KURRLE & Catherine NICHOLS