Bert Clive LINCOLN

LINCOLN, Bert Clive

Service Number: 1466
Enlisted: 5 July 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 4 Battalion Imperial Camel Corps
Born: Hindmarsh, South Australia, 19 June 1887
Home Town: Hindmarsh, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Agricultural School, Adelaide
Occupation: Seaman
Died: Killed in Action, Palestine, 30 March 1918, aged 30 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Initially buried at nearby village Ausson, Jerusalem Memorial, Jerusalem War Cemetery, Israel
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Jerusalem Memorial, Marion District Roll of Honour WW1, Marion War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

5 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1466, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Keswick, South Australia
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1466, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '1' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ulysses embarkation_ship_number: A38 public_note: ''
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1466, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
2 Nov 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 4 Battalion Imperial Camel Corps
7 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 4 Battalion Imperial Camel Corps
30 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 1466, 4 Battalion Imperial Camel Corps, Amman Raid (First), --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 1466 awm_unit: 4 Battalion Imperial Camel Corps awm_rank: Corporal awm_died_date: 1918-03-30

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Born Bertram Clive Burnell Lincoln, son of Henry Lincoln and Fanny Burnell

Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Corporal Bert Clive Lincoln-

Bert Clive Lincoln was born in Darlington, Adelaide sometime in 1887 with 2 siblings, a brother and a sister, his mother, Fanny Lincoln and his father, Henry Lincoln. Lincoln had no wife or children but instead became a seaman. After a few years Lincoln inevitably met Sir Douglas Mawson’s crew on the Aurora with the destination being Antarctica and joined as one of the crew. As Lincoln ventured to the Antarctic, he wrote an entire diary about his journey to the Antarctic and while he was there. He also stated that before Mawson came back from his failed exhibition leaving his group dead and him starving and freezing the Aurora had left only hours ago.

Once Lincoln had safely come back from the Antarctic, Lincoln saw another opportunity to visit different places by joining the Australian Imperial Force to fight in WW1. On the 5th of July 1915 Lincoln enlisted in the army at age 28 in Keswick. There he received his number as 1466 and had to be examined. The army described him as 5 ft 8 inches, 168 lbs, grey eyes, his complexion was fair, had no illnesses and after that was put in as a private in the 1st double squadron. Lincoln was appointed to L group base infantry which was a camp. On 30/6/15 Lincoln transferred units to join the 11 reinforcements 3rd Light Horse. Lincoln was trained as a normal soldier. Which means Lincoln would’ve carried a kit with clothes in it, a spade, a water bottle, ammunition, rations and a rifle with hand grenades.

When Lincoln had finished his training, he embarked from Melbourne on a ship called the HMAT Ulysses A38 which left on 27-10-1916 meaning Lincoln could have trained for up to 3 months. He disembarked in the Middle East. On 9th of February 1917 Bert Clive Lincoln fell sick and had to be was sent to the Australian Auxiliary Hospital located in Cairo, Egypt for 39 days before returning after suffering from haemorrhoids. On the 2nd of December 1917 in the Middle East Lincoln transferred to the 4th Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps where he became a corporal and for a brief amount of time a sergeant. The Camel Corps was formed in 1916 in the Middle East and grew into 4 battalions with about 3000 men. Shortly after this Lincoln was in a battle advancing on a town in Jordan called Amman which was under Turkish control; this was the second Battle of Amman. As he was in the Camel Corps this was not trench warfare however mobile warfare as they used camels. Lincoln also received a Victory Medal which is quite common but still an achievement.

Whilst on active service in Jordan fighting the Turkish army Lincoln was reported missing in action on 30/3/1918. Corporal Lincoln was at the end of a long line of advancing troops and he was most likely shot. This happened at about 3am. It talks from a perspective from a different soldier how there were no casualties during the attack, but Corporal Lincoln may have been separated  from his attack group and went too far into Turkish lines and got shot. Lincoln was 31 years old when he was possibly shot. He was taken back 1.5 miles to a nearby village called Ausson, where he was buried with several other soldiers, however the grave has never been found. After that his mother, Fanny Lincoln received all of Lincoln's belongings, including money and his diary of Antarctica.

The word Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and some of the qualities of the ANZACs were courage, bravery and enthusiasm which are traits that make up ANZAC Spirit. Bert Clive Lincoln showed ANZAC Spirit by being brave and enthusiastic to do 2 of the most different things possible from going to Antarctica to fighting the Middle East both having dangers of their own. By joining and then dying for Australia it showed amazing courage to be willing to sacrifice your life. This shows true ANZAC Spirit. WW1 was not Australia’s battle to fight but our loyalty to Great Britain even after Federation forced us to put tens of thousands of men into battle (mainly attrition) causing thousands of young Australians to die, including Bert Clive Lincoln.

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