Albert MOYLE

Badge Number: S3872, Sub Branch: Victor Harbor

MOYLE, Albert

Service Number: 113
Enlisted: 24 December 1915, at Adelaide
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion AMF
Born: Unley, South Australia, September 1882
Home Town: Port Elliot, Alexandrina, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Painter
Died: 14 August 1952, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Section: KO, Road: 15, Site No: 40
Memorials: Port Elliot Institute Roll of Honor, Victor Harbor Congregational Church Roll of Honor, Victor Harbor WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 113, 43rd Infantry Battalion, at Adelaide
9 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 113, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 113, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
26 May 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 113, 43rd Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918, Gassed
11 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 113, 43rd Infantry Battalion AMF

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Before the war:
Albert Moyle was born on an unknown date in September 1882. He was born in Unley, South Australia. He was married to a Isabel Jane Moyle (wife) and has four children: Albula Isabel Jane Moyle (age 11), Albert Robert Edward Moyle (age 14), Max Qinoed Mujeu Moyle (age 14,1/2) and Thomas Arthur Arioyle Moyle (age 2,1/2), (all ages are ages at time of enlistment). Albert’s occupation was a painter. He lived in Port Elliot, South Australia, with his family. He had dark hair, brown eyes, light skin, weighed 146 pounds, a chest measurement of 34.36 inches and had 6/6 vision in both of his eyes at the time of his enlistment. He enlisted on the 24th of December in 1915, and was 33 years and 3 months old.
During the war:
Albert Moyle’s regimental number was 113, he was a part of the third division, 43rd Battalion, A Company. The 43rd Battalion was the last of the predominantly South Australian battalions to be raised. They left for the front on the HMAT Afric, on the 9 June, 1916. Before embarking to the actual war front, him and his battalion went through a training period. Using the Sandhills between Henley and Glenelg beaches, they practised using their firearms, and a surprise attack launched on the Hindmarsh bridges via Monti faire hill. Then they embarked, to England to do even more training, briefly stopping at Egypt along the way. When arriving at Britain, a mumps epidemic broke out, so then that training was slowed down a little. But then in the first half of 1917, they were engaged in trench warfare. The first major battle that the third division fought in was the battle of Messines (in June 1917). Then, after that, on the 27th of July, they held a small athletics contest. Not much is known about what happened or who won this though. 

Just a few days after they held that competition, they were sent to battle again. Albert Moyle fought at Menin road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde ridge and Poelcapelle to name a few locations. In the battles at Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Broodseinde Ridge and Poelcapelle  the third division was either moving through, or in reserves before fighting in other battles. Really, the battle of Poelcapelle was named another thing, the Passchendaele, in which it was recorded that the third division did fight. There were two separate battles in this campaign, and they only participated in the first. The third division struggled to advance with very little artillery, and through wet and muddy terrain, and this was their last participation in the Third Battle of Ypres.
Went to hospital sick on the 31 march 1918, sickness unknown. Albert Moyle went to hospital sick a few times, but on the service record, all that is recorded was that he was sick, not the actual illness.
The German Spring Offensive:
In the German spring offensive, the 43rd battalion lead as pat of its parent brigade, which awarded them a battle honour for it’s work along the river Ancre to Villers-Bretonneux. It was also heavily engaged in the “Last Hundred Days” campaign, from Amiens to the Hindenburg line.
Was paid in France, 15/5/1918
Albert Moyle was wounded by gas on 26 May 1918, during a period of heavy German shelling. He spent the next two months in various hospitals, and soon after returned to hospital with conjunctivitis.
Private Albert Moyle returned to Australia on the 20th of May, 1919. Albert was very lucky to have survived all of these battles, and having being wounded by gas, all through the war. He was awarded one wound stripe was at 16/5/1918, 3 victory medals and 2 British war medals all on the 14/4/1919. He was later discharged on 11/9/1919, and died on the 26/9/1952, at the age of 70. He was buried at the AIF cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, Australia.