Donald Herbert CULBARD


CULBARD, Donald Herbert

Service Number: 2330
Enlisted: 6 April 1915
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Birkenhead, Liverpool, England, December 1895
Home Town: Jamestown, Northern Areas, South Australia
Schooling: Dollar Academy, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Occupation: Baker / Farmer
Died: Killed in action, Somme, France, 28 August 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL Panel 7 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 27 - 29 - 31.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Riverton Methodist Church Honour Roll WW1
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World War 1 Service

6 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2330
10 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2330, 12th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
10 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2330, 12th Infantry Battalion, RMS Persia, Melbourne
19 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2330, 12th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
1 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2330, 52nd Infantry Battalion
3 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 52nd Infantry Battalion
8 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 52nd Infantry Battalion
19 Jun 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 52nd Infantry Battalion
28 Aug 1917: Involvement Sergeant, SN 2330, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born at Liverpool, England.
Youngest son of Wallace Culbard (b. 27/12/1845 Elgin, Moray, Scotland) and
Mother Emily Culbard (nee Hamlington), of Park Gate Road, Neston, Cheshire, England.
Father’s occupation: tea planter, Soongal, India.

Donald was educated at Dollar Academy.
He boarded with Mr Malcolm, with his two brothers and left school, England, in 1911.
Occupation: apprentice baker

430193  Corporal Francis Arthur Culbard - 5th Candian Engineers Battalion
(b. 08/05/1889 in Palampur, Kangra Valley, Punjab, India)
Wife: Frances Maude Culbard
03/03/1915  enlisted at Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Survived WWI
21/03/1936  passed away
buried in:     Campbell River Cemetery, Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada

1914 - Sister Janet Chisholm Culbard
          married John Elliot Scott of Sholayor Tea Estate, S. India
          (son of the late William Scott, solicitor)

Subsequently he emigrated to Adelaide, South Australia.
He moved to Jamestown (far north of Adelaide), South Australia where he was engaged in farming.

Donald was described on enlisting as 19 years 5 months of age; 5' 6 3/4" tall; 140 lbs;
fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair; Church of England

06/04/1915  He enlisted into WWI at Keswick, South Australia

10/04/1915  appointed to 7th reinforcements, 12th Infantry Battalion, Mitcham Camp

10/06/1915  embarked Port of Melbourne, VIC onboard HMAT Persia
                    as a Private with 12th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement

19/09/1915  proceeding to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces in Gallipoli, ex Zeitoun

28/09/1915  taken on strength 12th Infantry Battalion in Gallipoli, ANZAC

06/01/1916  disembarked off of HMT Lake Michigan into Alexandria

01/03/1916  transferred to 52nd Infantry Battalion

05/06/1916  proceeded to join British Expeditionary Forces, ex Alexandria, onboard HT Ivernia
12/06/1916  disembarked into Marseilles, France

03/10/1916  promoted to Lance Corporal

08/11/1916  promoted to Corporal

07/05/1917  proceeded to join unit in Etaples, France

19/06/1917  promoted to Sergeant

12/07/1917  to 2nd Anzac Infantry School, France
11/08/1917  rejoined 52nd Infantry Battalion, France

28/08/1917  Killed in action, in the field (aged 21), Somme, France

Buried:        west of Messines, France
**Unfortunately due to continual bombing throughout the area, his grave was not relocated.

Medals:        1914/15 Star (3094); British War medal (14204); Victory medal (14147)
                   Memorial Plaque and Scroll (330026)

His name is commemorated on:
- Panel 155 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
- Panel 7 at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Flanders, Belgium
- Dollar Academy.

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  22/03/2017.  Lest we forget.


Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Births Dec 1895 Culbard Donald Herbert Birkenhead 8a 556.

Sergeant 2330 Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 52nd Bn.

Youngest son of Wallace and Emily Culbard, of Park Gate Road, Neston, Cheshire, England.

Father’s occupation: tea planter, Soongal, India.

Educated at Dollar Academy. He boarded with Mr Malcolm and left in 1911.

Occupation: apprentice baker.

He emigrated to Adelaide, South Australia, where he was engaged in farming.

He attested at Keswick, South Australia on 06/04/1915.

He saw active service in Egypt and at Gallipoli.

He had been six months in France when he was killed aged 21 in Belgium.

Commemorated at Dollar Academy.