Abel Richmond SHEATH MC


SHEATH, Abel Richmond

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 15 July 1915, Warwick Farm, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Leichhardt, New South Wales, 31 March 1890
Home Town: Leichhardt, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Accountant
Died: Killed in Action, Amiens, France, 8 August 1918, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Leichhardt War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

15 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, Warwick Farm, New South Wales
9 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 18th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Sydney
20 Dec 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 18th Infantry Battalion
20 Sep 1917: Honoured Military Cross, Menin Road, Courage, coolness and resource of a high order... inspired all by his cool bearing and utter disregard of danger...
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 18th Infantry Battalion, The Battle of Amiens

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...Lieutenant Abel Richmond Sheath, MC, 18th Battalion, of Haberfield, NSW... was an accountant prior to enlisting in January 1916. He embarked as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 11th Reinforcements from Sydney on board HMAT Nestor (A71) on 9 April 1916. 2nd Lt Sheath arrived in France for service on the Western Front on 2 December 1916 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 20 December. Lt Sheath was awarded the Military Cross on 25 July 1918. The Commonwealth Gazette entry reads: : "...Prior to the attack this officer was wounded ...but remained at duty....he took command of the great part of two companies and rushed the enemy's position.... The final objective was gained, consolidated and held during counter attacks through his cool bearing and utter disregard of danger." On 8 August 1918, near Villers Bretonneux, France, Lt Sheath was wounded in action. While making his own way to medical treatment, he stopped to assist a wounded soldier and was killed by an enemy sniper. He was 28 years of age." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)