Service Number: 735
Enlisted: 4 September 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, January 1893
Home Town: Mitcham, Mitcham, South Australia
Schooling: Mitcham Public School
Occupation: Presser
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 2 May 1915
Cemetery: Beach Cemetery - ANZAC Cove
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, National War Memorial (South Australia)
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World War 1 Service

4 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 735, Morphettville, South Australia
17 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 735, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Melbourne
17 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 735, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 735, 12th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Marvin Fernandez

Harold Mitchell was born in January of 1893 in Adelaide, South Australia. He was the fourth son of George and Harriet Mitchell. Harold had many siblings, including four brothers; J. Mitchell, A. B. Mitchell, G. Mitchell and L. S. Mitchell and one sister; Mrs. S. Lawson.

For most of his life, Harold resided on Arnold Street, Mitcham, South Australia. He attended Mitcham State School for his entire school education. As a Baptist, Harold held strong religious beliefs. After completing his education, he served his apprenticeship as a tailor’s presser with Messrs, Clisby & Co. Before he enlisted to fight in the war, he was recruited to work for Messrs Charles Birks & Co. The people who knew Harold described him as a cheerful and upbeat individual. He was a popular member of the Mitcham Brass Band. Harold was a slender man who was 5’10 and 135 pounds with blue eyes and a fair skin complexion.

On the 4th of September 1914, Harold Mitchell enlisted to fight in the 12th Australian Infantry Battalion in World War 1. When he enlisted to fight in the war, he was 23 years and 6 months old. He obtained the rank of private when he enlisted to fight in the war. Harold’s unit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, briefly stopped at Albany, Western Australia, and then journeyed to Egypt after two months, arriving in early December. A month after landing in Egypt, Harold committed a serious offence where he used improper language to a high-ranked individual, as he was under the influence of alcohol.

In the North-West of Turkey, on the 2nd of May, Harold Mitchell was killed in action. The burial site of Harold Mitchell is located in the Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey (Plot I, Row A, Grave No.32). Before embarking on the journey to fight in the war, Harold updated his will declaring all his property and effects to his younger brother, Leslie Spargo Mitchell. Although Private Harold Mitchell never made it back to Adelaide, he was remembered and recognised for the significant contribution he made to Australia.

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