Roy Rutherford KNEALE


KNEALE, Roy Rutherford

Service Number: 5456
Enlisted: 1 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Wakefield, South Australia, 4 September 1891
Home Town: Westbourne Park (Cottonville), Mitcham, South Australia
Schooling: Inkerman Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Farm labourer
Died: Killed In Action, To Be Determined, Celtic Wood, Belgium, 3 October 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

1 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5456, 10th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5456, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
Date unknown: Wounded SN 5456, 10th Infantry Battalion

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Cousin to:- 3714 Pte. James Little HARPER (/explore/people/252280) of 52nd Battalion Killed in action, 4 September 1916, and  3715 Pte. Robert Emslie HARPER (/explore/people/269732) also Killed in Action aged 23

Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Private Roy Kneale had been slightly wounded on 1 October but rejoined the battalion on 5 October. He was one of the 88 men who took part in the Raid on Celtic Wood on the morning of 9 October, he was among those of the 10th Battalion listed as missing after the raid, a court of Enquiry later determined he was killed 3-9 October. See Red Cross Wounded and Missing file.