Reginald Harry TANNEBRING


TANNEBRING, Reginald Harry

Service Number: 15085
Enlisted: 10 April 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 5th Divisional Signal Company
Born: Hope Valley, South Australia, 14 August 1897
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Northfield Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Cabinetmaker
Died: Shell Gas & Bronchitis, Died of wounds, University War Hospital, Southampton, England , United Kingdom, 21 April 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery
Plot B, Row I, Grave No. 57, Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

10 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 15085, Adelaide, South Australia
21 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 15085, 5th Divisional Signal Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 15085, 5th Divisional Signal Company, HMAT Commonwealth, Adelaide
17 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 15085, 5th Divisional Signal Company, Villers-Bretonneux, Gas
21 Apr 1918: Involvement Sapper, SN 15085

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Biography contributed by Nicholas Egan

Margaret Phillips

Club Historian Gilberton Amateur Swimming Club Inc.

Tannebring was born 14 August 1897 in Hope Valley before moving firstly to Northfield and then to Walkerville with his parents. He attended North Adelaide Public School and was a member of the Methodist Church and Sunday School. He served in the Senior Cadets before transferring to the 28 th Signal Company Army Engineers. After leaving school he was apprenticed to Messrs. James Marshall and Co. to learn cabinet making for 5 ½ years.. - Daily Herald Adelaide 8 May 1918 p3

Tannebring was admitted to the University War Hospital, Southampton on 21 April 1918 suffering from the effect of Gas Shell and Bronchitis. He was in a semi-conscious condition on admission and was treated with the usual methods for such cases, together with oxygen, but died, without leaving any message at 4.30 pm the same afternoon. The Funeral took place at Holybrook Cemetery, Southampton on 25 April 1918 and was conducted by Mr Kitching Minister. Red Cross Files.


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland 

Died on this date – 21st April…… Reginald Harry Tannebring was born at Hope Valley, South Australia on 14th August, 1897.

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 10th April, 1916 as a 19 year old, single, Cabinetmaker from Northfield, South Australia.

Private Reginald Harry Tannebring was posted to “D” Company, 2nd Depot from 10th April, 1916 for recruit training. He was transferred to Signal School on 26th April, 1916 then transferred to 5/5th Divisional Signal Company from 16th July, 1916 as Acting Corporal.
On 21st September, 1916 Acting Corporal Tannebring, service number 15085, embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on HMAT Commonwealth (A73) with the 5th Divisional Signal Company, 5th Reinforcements & disembarked at Plymouth, England on 14th November, 1916.

Reinforcements were only given basic training in Australia. Training was completed in training units in England. Some of these were located in the Salisbury Plain & surrounding areas in the county of Wiltshire.
Acting Corporal Tannebring was marched in to No. 3 Camp, Parkhouse, Wiltshire, England on 15th November, 1916 from Australia. He was marched in the Engineers Training Depot – Signal Section at Hitchen on 27th November, 1916 & reverted to the rank of Sapper on 27th November, 1916.

On 8th September, 1917 Sapper Tannebring proceeded overseas to France. He was marched in to R.E. Depot at Abbeville, France on 11th September, 1917. Sapper Tannebring was marched out from R.E. Depot on 12th September, 1917 & was taken on strength of 5th Divisional Signalling Company in the Field on 15th September, 1917.

Sapper Reginald Harry Tannebring was wounded in action – Gassed on 17th April, 1918 in France. He was admitted to 55th Field Ambulance on 17th April, 1918 then transferred to Casualty Clearing Station. From there he was transferred & admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital at Rouen, France on 18th April, 1918. Sapper Tannebring was transferred to England on Hospital Ship Panama on 20th April, 1918.

He was admitted to University War Hospital, Southampton, England on 21st April, 1918 with Shell Gas Poisoning. The Hospital Admissions form recorded: “Onset 17.4.18. Burnt – both wrists – scrotum, Penis, sides of Thighs & front of legs. Lungs filled with mucous – cyanosed Inhalations . Severe conjunctivitis….”

Sapper Reginald Harry Tannebring died at 4.55 pm on 21st April, 1918 at University War Hospital, Southampton, England from wounds received in action – Shell Gas & Bronchitis.

He was buried in Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, England where 15 other WW1 Australian War Graves are located.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)