Grant Moritz MICHAELIS

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MICHAELIS, Grant Moritz

Service Numbers: Sapper, Officer
Enlisted: 30 May 1912, 1st East Anglia Field Company, Royal Engineers
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd Field Company Engineers
Born: St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, 23 December 1895
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Cumloden Grammar, Victoria, Bowden House School, Yarrow, UK & Geelong Grammar School
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 23 September 1915, aged 19 years
Cemetery: 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery
Plot 2, Row 2, Grave 11 INSCRIPTION TO LIVE IN HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE
Memorials: Employees of Michaelis Hallenstein & Co. Pty. Ltd., Geelong Grammar School Community Members Who Served, Victorian Jewish War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

30 May 1912: Enlisted SN Sapper, 1st Field Company Engineers, 1st East Anglia Field Company, Royal Engineers
21 Dec 1912: Transferred 2nd Field Company Engineers
3 Mar 1914: Promoted Lieutenant, 2nd Field Company Engineers
23 Sep 1915: Involvement Lieutenant, SN Officer, 2nd Field Company Engineers, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
Date unknown: Involvement Lieutenant

Further information

A private cable message has been received that Lieutenant Grant Michaelis, son of Mr and Mrs Edward Michaelis, was killed in action at the Dardenelles, on September 23. Lieutenant Michaelis, who was educated at the Church of England Grammar School, Geelong, left for England about four years ago to study engineering with Messrs Allen Bros, electrical engineers of Bedford, and when war broke out was lieutenant in the East Anglian Engineers. He at once volunteercd for active service abroad, but with his company was retained for service in England until the end of August this year, when he left for the front. He could therefore have been only a few weeks in the fighting line when he met his death.
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Jewish Herald (Vic. : 1879 - 1920), Friday 8 October 1915, page 12

THE LATE LIEUT. GRANT MICHAELIS.

ANOTHER HERO FALLEN IN ACTION.

DEATH OF LIEUTENANT GRANT MICHAELIS.

It was with profound sorrow we learn that on Wednesday a cable was received bearing the sad news of the death at the Dardanelles on 23rd September of Lieutenant Grant Michaelis, the eldest son .of Mr. Edward J. Michaelis, and nephew of Mr. F. D. Michaelis of St. Kilda.

The sincerest sympathy of the whole community will be extended to the distinguished family so grievously afflicted by the loss of a young member of only twenty years, whose beautiful character gave promise of a bright and beneficent career.

Yet the bereaved parents and relatives, in the poignancy of their grief, cannot but derive comfort and consolation from the proud thought that the young hero nobly gave up his life for his King and country and in defence of the highest ideals to which the human soul can aspire.

Great as are the opportunities for welldoing that a prolonged life affords, the influence and moral of a manly death will often outweigh them all.

"Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his,"
is the culminating blessing put by the Almighty in the mouth of the heathen seer.

As a boy Grant Michaelis attended "Cumloden" School at St. Kilda, and going to England he spent two years at Bowden House School, Harrow. Then returning to Australia, he was two years at the Church of England Grammar School, Geelong, and it was after this that no finally left again for England about four years ago, and there entered Allen's Engineering Works at Bradford.

He then obtained a commission in the East Anglia Engineers of the Territorial Forces, and on the outbreak of the war joined the Expeditionary Army, and took part in the operations at the Dardanelles. the region which has proved the grave of so many brave Australians, and around which the history of Australian prowess and achievement will ever throw an imperishable halo of glorious renown.

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Grant Moritz MICHAELIS was born on 23rd December, 1895 in St Kilda, Victoria

His parents were Edward Jones MICHAELIS & Rosetta Bloom PHILLIPS

He enlisted in the Territorial Force as a Sapper in the 1st East Anglian Field Company (British Army) on 30th May, 1912 and transferred to the 2nd East Anglican Field Company on 21st December, 1912

He was promoted to Lieutenant on 31st March, 1914 and mobilized on 5th August, 1914

He was wounded by a Turkish sniper at Gallipoli and died on 23rd September, 1915 - he is buried in the 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery

THE LATE LIEUT. GRANT MICHAELIS.
ANOTHER HERO FALLEN IN
ACTION.
DEATH OF LIEUTENANT GRANT
MICHAELIS.
It was with profound sorrow we learn that on Wednesday a cable was received bearing the sad news of the death at the Dardanelles on 23rd September of Lieutenant Grant  Michaelis, the eldest son of Mr. Edward J. Michaelis, and nephew of Mr. F. D. Michaelis, of St. Kilda. The sincerest sympathy of the whole community will be extended to the  distinguished family so grievously afflicted by the loss of a young member of only twenty years, whose beautiful character gave promise of a bright and beneficent career. Yet the bereaved parents and relatives, in the poignancy of their grief, cannot but derive comfort and consolation from the proud thought that the young hero nobly gave up his life for his King and country and in defence of the highest ideals to which the human soul can aspire. Great as are the opportunities for well doing that a prolonged life affords, the influence  and moral of a manly death will often outweigh them all. "Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end no like his," is the culminating blessing put by the Almighty in the mouth of the heathen seer.
As a boy Grant Michaelis attended "Cumloden" School at St. Kilda, and going to England he spent two years at Bowden House School, Harrow. Then returning to Australia, he was  Two years at the Church of England Grammar School, Geelong, and it was after this that no finally left again for England ahout four years ago, and there entered Allen's Engineering Works at Bradford. He then obtained a commission in the East Anglia Engineers of the Territorial Forces, and on the outbreak of the war joined the Expeditionary  Army, and took part in the operations at the Dardanelles. the region which has proved the grave of so many brave Australians, and around which the history of Australian prowess  and achievement with ever throw an imperishable halo of glorious renown. 

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