Sampson Burton GADD


GADD, Sampson Burton

Service Numbers: 2300, 469
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Dalby, Queensland
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Toongabbie, Victoria, 1878
Home Town: Warra, Western Downs, Queensland
Schooling: Toongabbie State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, France, 23 July 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Rosedale Shire Honour Roll, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial), Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Warra War Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, SN 2300, 4th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse
11 Feb 1902: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, SN 2300, 4th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse

World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 469, Dalby, Queensland
24 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 469, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Omrah, Brisbane
24 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 469, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 469, 9th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 469, 9th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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"The Supreme Sacrifice. Killed at the Front.

The fighting in France is claiming a heavy toll in the Australian forces, and the nation in general, and relatives in particular are realising the dreadful realities of war. Telegraphic messages reached Traralgon and Toongabbie on Tuesday, stating that Corporal S. B. Gadd, late of Toongabbie, and eldest son of Mr. Gadd, one of the oldest and most esteemed residents of Toongabbie, was killed in France, on July 23. As yet there are no other details. Thus one more former resident of Toongabbie has made the supreme sacrifice for the Empire, and for the freedom and liberty of the whole world, and generations to come.

The late soldier was about 38 years old, and married the fifth daughter of Mr and Mrs Gales, of Traralgon, many years ago. When the war clouds burst upon the world, Mr Gadd was living on his land in the Warra district of Queensland, where many other Toongabbie residents have settled. He was one of the first to enlist from Queensland, and saw service on the Gallipoli Peninsula where he was wounded in the hand. He was sent to a hospital in England for treatment of the wound, and for enteric fever. He eventually recovered, and went back to the firing line, it is believed, a few months ago, joining his old regiment. Mrs. Gadd remained in Queensland to look after her husband's interests, and went to live with Mrs Johnson (her sister), whose husband is also at the front. There is no children. The flags at Toogabbie were hoisted half mast, and an in memoriam service will be held on Sunday evening next." - from the Gippsland Farmers Journal 18 Aug 1916 (