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Hassall Marsden Harding KENDALL

Regimental number365
Place of birthSingleton, New South Wales
SchoolSuperior Public School, Singleton, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBank clerk
AddressSingleton, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9.5"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinMother, Bridget Kendall, Singleton, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name31st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row F, Grave No 16), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
118
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Bridget Mary KENDALL, 'Kirmington', Abergeldie Street, Dulwich Hill, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 388 Edward Denis KENDALL, died of disease, 19 January 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, ex-HMT 'Wandilla', 7 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1490905, 46 Pte R. GRAY, 31st Bn (patient, No 2 General hospital (Quai)), 1 February 1917: 'One of my mates by name Sgt. MacDougall 31st A.I.F. B Co. still with his unit told me that the last he saw of Cpl. Kendall [he] was having a bayonet fight with a German in the second line of german trenches at Fleurbaix.'

Second statement, Sergeant H.A. McDougall, 8th T[raining] B[attalion], 1 March 1917: 'Cpl. Kendall was in my platoon and the last I saw of him was late in the afternoon beyond the German trenches, he was quite alright at that time ... I am convinced in my own mind that he was killed, as his name does not appear in the list of Prisoners of War.'

Third statement, 2887 Pte M. BALDING, 31st Bn (patient, Northants War Hospital, Duston, England), 20 October 1916: 'Informant states that on July 19th 1916 at Fleurbaix he saw Cpl Kendall hung up on the barbed wire dead. He was about 10 yards away. It was just daylight in the early morning. Informant was an eye-witness. The ground was held at the time.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
Miscellaneous detailsMother's address subsequently 'Kirmington', Abergeldie Street, Dulwich, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, KENDALL Hassall Marsden Harding
Red Cross file 1490905

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