Claude Grenfield ATTRILL

ATTRILL, Claude Grenfield

Service Numbers: 15756, SX6329
Enlisted: 27 July 1918, Claude enlisted just after his 18th birth and was allocated to B Company.
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Kooringa, South Australia, Australia , 21 July 1900
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Burra, South Australia
Occupation: Mullocker
Died: Killed in Action, Libya, 25 April 1941, aged 40 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Alamein Memorial El Alamein, Maṭrūḥ, Egypt Col 93
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Alamein Memorial (El Alamein), Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burra Fallen Soldiers Memorial
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World War 1 Service

27 Jul 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 15756, Claude enlisted just after his 18th birth and was allocated to B Company.
17 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 15756, Claude was discharged because "hostilities ended'.

World War 2 Service

22 Jun 1940: Involvement Lance Corporal, SX6329, 2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
22 Jun 1940: Enlisted Wayville, SA
22 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Lance Corporal, SX6329, 2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Larina Harper

Claude enlisted for World War I Shortly after his 18th birthday. He listed his father George Attril of Mt Gambier as his NOK. He commenced and presented for duty in November 1918 and was discharged in February 1919 due to 'cessation of conflcit'. Claude was a blacksmith at the time he enlisted for World War I. He later worked training horses and had some success with them. By World War II, Claude was married and working as a miner in Broken Hill. He enlisted again, and was sent overseas. Claude was on one of the "Rats of Tobruk' participating in the Seige of Tobruk, and died on 25 April 1941 - Killed in Action two weeks after the siege commenced. He is memorialised at Al Amein War Memorial Cemetery.