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Alan MITCHELL

Date of birth7 April 1894
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationBuilder
AddressEulalie, Shadforth Street, Mosman, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height6' 0"
Weight160 lbs
Next of kinFather, George Alexander Mitchell, Eulalie, Shadforth Street, Mosman, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in Junior Cadets; 6 years in Senior Cadets; 2 months at RMC Duntroon.
Enlistment date1 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name30th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row C, Grave No 2), France
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 1), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
117
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Marion MITCHELL, 'Camrie', Doncaster Avenue, Kensington, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 11 December 1915.

Transferred to C Company, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Detailed to attend School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 30 April 1916.

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

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

Red Cross File No 1790310 has statement from 779 Pte C. WIGGINS, 30th Bn (patient, Bevan Military Hospital, Sandgate), 26 July 1916: ''On 19th July, Lt. Allen Mitchell was shot through the head by a bullet. They were in the rear, carrying ammunition when it happened, to the right of Armentieres. The ground advanced over was not held then, but we returned next day.' Note by interviewer: 'Informant was quite reliable and was an eye-witness.'

Letter, Base Records to father, 20 December 1921: 'The surface of the whole battlefield area has been searched six times and in some places twenty times since the Armistice, but it is possible that bodies will continue to be found for years as the work of re-construction progresses.'

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

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 1), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
Miscellaneous detailsStreet name incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as Shawforth Street.
SourcesNAA: B2455, MITCHELL Alan
Red Cross file 1790310

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