John William GNIEL

GNIEL, John William

Service Number: 6314
Enlisted: 17 October 1915, Ballarat, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Nhill, Victoria, Australia, 4 February 1890
Home Town: Winiam, Hindmarsh, Victoria
Schooling: Winiam, Victoria
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Acute meningitis, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, 17 April 1917, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Tidworth Military Cemetery, England
Grave C. 327
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6314, 24th Infantry Battalion, Ballarat, Vic.
23 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, 6314, 24th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '14' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Hororata embarkation_ship_number: A20 public_note: ''
23 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, 6314, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Fred William GNIEL, Winiam via Nhill, Vic.

On Wednesday Mr and Mrs Fred. W. Gniel, of Winiam, received an urgent telegram from the Defence Department stating that their eldest son, Private J. W. Gniel, died at the Tidsworth Military Camp. England, on 17th inst, after a brief illness. Deceased, who was 27 years of age, received his schooling at Winiam, and was a young man who won the  respect of all who had the honor of making his acquaintance. He was a prominent member of the Winiam Rifle Club, and identified himself with all progressive movements in the  Winiam district; he was also a member of the Nhill branch of the M.U.I.0.0 F, and at the lodge meeting last night the brethren wore mourning regalia, and paid a fitting tribute to  their deceased brother's memory. He enlisted early last year and arrived in England in December and with his comrades was in camp preparatory to going to the front. Deep  sympathy is expressed on all sides for the bereaved parents and family. The flags in Nhill yesterday were flying at half-mast as a mark of respect for deceased.