St Elmo Rupert CORBETT

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CORBETT, St Elmo Rupert

Service Number: 657
Enlisted: 17 August 1914
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Home Town: Castlemaine, Mount Alexander, Victoria
Schooling: St Mary's School, Castlemaine, Victoria
Occupation: Brewer
Died: Shrapnel wounds to head and chest, Meteren, France, 4 July 1918
Cemetery: Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 657, 7th Infantry Battalion
18 Aug 1914: Involvement Private, SN 657, 7th Infantry Battalion
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 657, 7th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '9' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Hororata embarkation_ship_number: A20 public_note: ''
8 May 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 657, 7th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW to left arm sustained at Krithia.
14 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 7th Infantry Battalion
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 657, 7th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
19 Dec 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 7th Infantry Battalion
8 Jan 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 7th Infantry Battalion
14 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 657, 7th Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918, Shrapnel wounds (mulitple abrasions & concussion) near Hazebrouck.
3 Jul 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 657, 7th Infantry Battalion, Merris (France), Died 4 July 1918 of wounds sustained 3 July 1918 (severe shrapnel wounds to head and chest) near Merris, France.
4 Jul 1918: Involvement Sergeant, SN 657, 7th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

Please initially refer to the article from the Bendigo Independent attached.

Although the dates appear to match, Sgt Corbett was not in fact involved in or wounded at the Battle of Hamel as stated in the article.

The 7th Bn, part of the 2nd Brigade in the First Division, was operating close to the Belgian border in French Flanders much further north in support trenches near Meteren at the same time  the Hamel action took place on the Somme, and Sgt Corbett was actually wounded by German Minenwerfer activity the day prior, on 3 July 1918.

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