Samuel Vivian VEALL

VEALL, Samuel Vivian

Service Number: 404
Enlisted: 7 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Gawler, South Australia, 26 March 1897
Home Town: Norton Summit, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Gardener
Died: Meningitis, Lucklow Isolation Hospital, Tidworth, England, United Kingdom, 4 September 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Row C, Grave No. 184,
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gawler Baptist Church WW1 Honour Roll, Gawler Council Gawler Men Who Answered the Call WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

7 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 404, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 404, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide

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Buried at Tidworth Military Cemetery - Plot C, Grave No. 184

Samuel Veall's brother 4173 Pte. John Gretland Veall (/explore/people/363661) had been killed in action 6 weeks earlier in France


The news of the death of Pte. S. V. Veall was received at Norton's Summit with great regret, and much sympaithy was felt far the parents, who reside in the district. Another son, Pte. J. G. Veall, was killed in action in France about two months ago. Pte. S. Veall was 19 years old, and was highly respected. He died of cerebro-spinal meningitis in a hospital on September 4." - from the Adelaide Register 27 Sep 1916 (



Biography contributed by Cathy Sedgwick

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

Died on this date – 4th September…… Samuel Vivian Veall was born at Gawler, South Australia on 26th March, 1897.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 7th January, 1916 as an 18 year old, single, Gardener from Norton’s Summit, South Australia.

Private Samuel Vivian Veall, Service number 404, embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on HMAT Afric (A19) on 9th June, 1916 with the 11th Infantry Brigade, 43rd Infantry Battalion “B” Company & disembarked at Marseilles, France on 20th July, 1916.

From 43rd Battalion War Diary:
July 11, 1916 Suez – Arrived at Suez. 5 men landed to Hospital.
July 12, 1916 Pt Said – Arrived and 8 VD cases landed.
July 13, 1916 Pt Said – Sailed with escort SS Premsal and Naval gun placed on board. Submarine lookout posted.
July 20, 1916 Marseilles – Arrived, disembarked and entrained for Le Havre (8 men admitted to Hospital).
July 24 Larkhill – Arrived via Southampton and camped in Camp No 12, joining other Units of 11th Inf Bde and continued Bn, Bde & Div Training.
(War Diary information from The Australian War Memorial)

On 18th August, 1916 Private Veall was admitted to 11th Brigade Field Hospital with “? C.S.M.” He was transferred & admitted to Military Hospital, Tidworth the same day with Cerebro Spinal Fever. He was reported to be dangerously ill on 20th August, 1916.

Private Samuel Vivian Veall died on 4th September, 1916 at Lucknow Isolation Hospital, Wiltshire, England from Cerebro Spinal Meningitis. The Hospital Admissions form recorded “Died Sep 4. A very severe case.”

He was buried in Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire, England where 172 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

Private Samuel Vivian Veall’s older brother – Private John Gretland Veall, Service number 4173, was Killed in action 24th July, 1916 in France. He was buried Pozieres British Cemetery, France.

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