Frederick FURNELL


FURNELL, Frederick

Service Number: 511
Enlisted: 14 December 1916
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Railway Unit (AIF)
Born: Emerald Hill, Victoria, Australia, 1887
Home Town: Ascot Vale, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fireman
Died: Killed In Action, Swan Chateau, Ypres, Belgium, 19 September 1917
Cemetery: Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery
Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 7, Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

14 Dec 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 511, Railway Unit (AIF)
19 Feb 1917: Involvement Corporal, SN 511, Railway Unit (AIF)
19 Feb 1917: Embarked Corporal, SN 511, Railway Unit (AIF), HMAT Ballarat, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

On 19 September 1917, Frederick Furnell (a married man), a Corporal in the Railway Unit, was visiting his brother, Lieutenant Gilbert James Furnell of the 2nd Australian Pioneers. They in company with others were having dinner in a shack, all that was left of Swan Chateau Ypres, HQ of the 2nd Pioneers, when a 9.5 inch shell struck a nearby tree, exploded and killed 8 of them, including a Major; Frederick died in 20 minutes; his brother Gilbert lived for four hours, dying in a dressing station. They were buried in seperate cemeteries in Belgium. Frederick was the father of two small children, one born after he left Australia.