Harold Wilson William RIDDELL DCM


RIDDELL, Harold Wilson William

Service Number: 2371
Enlisted: 13 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Violet Town, Australia, 23 July 1890
Home Town: Port Fairy, Moyne, Victoria
Schooling: Port Fairy State School
Occupation: Auctioneer's clerk/Farm labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 23 July 1918, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-sur-Somme
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Neerim War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

13 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2371, 21st Infantry Battalion, Melbourne, Victoria
29 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2371, 21st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2371, 21st Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Melbourne
22 Jul 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2371, 6th Light Trench Mortar Battery, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...2371 Private Harold Riddell DCM, 6th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery from Port Fairy, Victoria. A 25 year old farm labourer prior to enlisting on 13 July 1915, he embarked for overseas with the 5th Reinforcements from Melbourne on 29 September 1915 aboard RMS Osterley. On 14 December 1916 he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for bravery when he heard a bomb fusing in a full magazine and threw it over the parapet where it exploded, saving the rest of the bombs in the magazine from also exploding. He was wounded in action on 22 July 1918 and died the next day. Pte Riddell is buried in the Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-Sur-Somme, France." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)