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Gilbert Joseph MAYO

Regimental number2212
Place of birthChilders, Victoria
SchoolChilders State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressChilders, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height6' 1.5"
Weight176 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Mayo, Childers, Victoria
Previous military serviceMember, Rifle Club
Enlistment date15 April 1915
Place of enlistmentTrafalgar, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 17 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingArmentieres, France
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialRation Farm Military Cemetery (Plot VI, Row K, Grave No. 47), La Chapelle d'Armentieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
168
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Elizabeth MAYO, Childers, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 6th Bn, Gallipoli, 6 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Transferred to 58th Bn, and taken on strength, 17 February 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Subsequently reported 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916.

Effects in German hands.

Note, Red Cross File No 1750403: 'No effects received from Germany. Cert by Kit Stores. 1.9.19.'

Note on file: 'Australian soldier Mayo, J.G. 2212, 59th Battn. fell on 19/7/16 on the neighbourhood of Fromelles.'

Statement, 2561 Pte BOYD, D Company, 59th Bn (patient, No 35 General Hospital, Calais), 18 October 1916: 'We were together in the ranks, and I knew him well. In the evening about 8 o'clock, I suppose, as I was coming back I saw him lying in "No Man's Land" about 150 yards out with his leg partly shot off. I stopped with him a long while and tried to get him away but he wouldn't come with me and said he should try and get in. He never got in and I kicked myself for not bringing him in; I had had a bit of a knock myself.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MAYO Gilbert Joseph
Red Cross file 1750403

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