Service Number: 2709
Enlisted: 8 July 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Pioneer Battalion
Born: New Hamburg, Strathalbyn, South Australia, 29 April 1894
Home Town: Strathalbyn, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Strathalbyn Public School
Occupation: Farm Laborer
Died: Killed in Action , Zillebeke, Belgium, 12 October 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Ypres
Plot 6 Row G Grave 14, Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Belvidere WW1 Roll of Honor, Strathalbyn District Roll of Honor WW1, Strathalbyn RSL Hall Honour Board, Strathalbyn War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

8 Jul 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2709, Adelaide, South Australia
21 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2709, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2709, 5th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Commonwealth, Adelaide
12 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2709, 5th Pioneer Battalion, 1st Passchendaele

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"...2709 Pte Bert Schemmell, 5th Pioneer Battalion of Strathalbyn, SA. A labourer before enlisting in July 1916, Pte Schemmell left Australia for England with the 5th Reinforcements in September 1916 and arrived in France for service on the Western Front in February 1917. He was killed by German artillery fire whilst constructing an ammunition dump at Birr Cross Roads, near Zillebeke, Belgium, on 12 October 1917, age 22."SOURCE ( 


Pte. B. Schemmell, news of whose death has been received, was the youngest son of Mr. J. Schemmell, of Strathalbyn. He sailed from Australia in September, 1916, and had been in the trenches since February last. He was killed on October 12. Pte. Schemmell, who was 22 years old, was a general favourite in the district. His elder brother, Pte. G. Schemmell, has just returned from the front."from the Adelaide Register 02 Nov 1917 (