Emil Edgar NAGEL

NAGEL, Emil Edgar

Service Number: 14
Enlisted: 19 August 1914
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Field Company Engineers
Born: Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, 3 October 1894
Home Town: Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Albert State School
Occupation: Apprentice cabinet maker
Died: illness, Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, 6 December 1922, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Maryborough City Hall Honour Roll, Maryborough Excelsior Lodge No 1 P.A.F.S.O.A., Maryborough St. Paul's Anglican Church Book of Remembrance
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, 14, 3rd Field Company Engineers
22 Sep 1914: Involvement Sapper, 14, 3rd Field Company Engineers, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '5' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Geelong embarkation_ship_number: A2 public_note: ''
22 Sep 1914: Embarked Sapper, 14, 3rd Field Company Engineers, HMAT Geelong, Melbourne
24 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, 14, 3rd Field Company Engineers

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Biography contributed by Daniel Irving

Born Edgar Ewald Nagel, he was the youngest son of Otto Heinrich Nagel and Johanna Nagel (nee Retthammel). He received his education at the Albert State School, after leaving school became apprenticed to the cabinet making trade at Mr. E.A. Smith's (Kent St, Maryborough, Qld). At the declaration of war Edgar had completed three and a half years of his apprentiship. Edgar enlisted on 19 August 1914, using the name Emil Edgar Nagel. It is not known why Edgar went by the name Emil, as his family used his birth name up till the time of his death. Edgar was allotted to the 3rd Field Company Engineers with the rank of Sapper and given the regimental number 14.

Spr Nagel embarked from Melbourne on HMAT A2 'Geelong' on 22 September 1914 and disembarked at Alexandria, Egypt on 9 December 1914. The men were located near Cairo at Mena Camp where the 3rd FCE continued its training. On 5 April 1915 they moved to the Greek island of Lemnos in preperation for the landing on Gallipoli.

Spr Nagel was likely to have landed on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, however his records aren't specific. In late August he was evacuated from the peninsular to Malta with dysentry and from there sent to England in late October to convalesce, only returning to Egypt in late May 1916. His time in Egypt was spent in a training depot before embarking for France. After arriving in France in late September 1916 he joined the 7th FCE, in Belgium, on 2 October 1916. He was finally transfered back to his old unit, 3rd FCE, on 2 November 1916. 

Edgar was promoted to the rank of Corporal on 29 April 1918. On the 23 September 1918 he was recommended for an award covering the period 25 February to 16/17 September 1918, however it was not granted. Cpl Nagel embarked from England on 23 October 1918 on 'Special Leave' (two months' furlough granted to men who had enlisted in 1914). The armistice had been signed by the time Cpl Nagel disembarked in Melbourne on 23 December 1918. From Melbourne he proceeded directly to Queensland, and after more than four years away he was finally discharged on 24 February 1919.

Post war, Edgar married to Frances Haddie Muriel Griggs on 21 April 1920 and finished his apprenticeship at Mr. Charteris' Furniture Factory. At the completion of which they left for Sydney, taking up his trade at Ricketts and Thorpe's and Anthony Horderns. In 1922, while still in Sydney, they had a daughter, Audrey Muriel Nagel. 

Returning home to Queensland Edgar died on 6 December 1922, at Maryborough, after a 'prolonged illness.' He was buried in the Maryborough General Cemetery on 8 December.