David Harold (Dave) ELLEM


ELLEM, David Harold

Service Number: 888
Enlisted: 23 September 1914, Casino, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, 1895
Home Town: Piora, Richmond Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Piora Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 1 May 1915
Cemetery: Quinn's Post Cemetery, ANZAC
Row A, Grave 19 Rev. F.W. Wray officiated Headstone inscription reads: Fifth beloved son of James & Isabella Ellem Piora' Casino. "Peace", Quinn's Post Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Casino and District Memorial Hospital WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

23 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 888, 15th Infantry Battalion, Casino, NSW
22 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, SN 888, 17th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, SN 888, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
1 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 888, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of James and Isabella Ellem of Piora, Casino, NSW

Lance-corporal H. N. May, killed in action, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. May, of Casino. Deceased was a corporal in the training forces before his departure. He was only 21 years of  age, and a member of the M. U. I. O. O. F. Lodge and the Casino fire brigade. The town council has decided to send his parents a letter of sympathy.

Mr. James Ellem, of Piora (Casino), received a cable on Friday last stating that his son Dave had been killed at the Dardanelles. He left Casino on the 26th September, 1914, for Enoggera Camp, and was in F Company, 15th Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade, Second Australian Light Horse. Mr. Ellem has another son going to the front shortly. While we grieve with Mr. Ellem in his great sorrow, it must be a great consolation to know that his son died a hero's death, for the storming of the Dardanelles will pass down into history as an episode unique in warfare, and the names of every Australian present will add lustre to the prestige of our island home.