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Joseph Harold NEVILL

Regimental number269
Place of birthBalmain, New South Wales
SchoolIndooroopilly State School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLeather goods worker
AddressJackson Street, Indooroopilly, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 9"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinFather, Henry James Nevill, Jackson Street, Indooroopilly, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Forces.
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships sailed from Melbourne carrying men from 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.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row F, Grave No 1), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry James and Ada Annie NEVILL, Jackson Street, Indooroopilly, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1905 Sergeant Stanley Cecil NEVILL, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, returned to Australia, 22 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne ('Wandilla'), 9 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Found guilty, Ferry Post, 5 May 1916, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and Military Discipline: awarded 48 hours' Field Punishment No 2.

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

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

German List received by Wounded and Missing Enquiry bureau, Australian Branch, B.R.C.S.: Identification marks found on the Prisoner of War are inspected by the General war Bureau, and shown in the list as under:- DEAD.

Note on Form B103, 24 February 1917: 'Identification disc received from Germany. No particulars were afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reportede KILLED IN ACTION 20/7/16.'

Note on file: 'austr. Sold. Nevill, J.H. Erk.Mrk. 269, 31. Bn. am 19.7. in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

Note on Red Cross File No 1990802: 'Disc received from Germany and forwarded to next of kin 20.6.17.'

Note on file, 28 April 1919: 'Buried Fleurbaix Sh. 23 N.W. Cert. by A.I.F. Hdqrs List for Lt. Spedding.'

Note on file: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'Statement, L.W. FUICH [cannot be identified]: 'On the evening of the 19th July 1916 I was standing quite close to the above man and saw him killed by concussion from a shell. His death being instantaneous[;] he had no wounds. This happened in "No Man's Land" and it was impossible to remove him for burial as he was close to a german (sic) outpost.'

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 detailsName entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Joseph Howard NEVILE.
SourcesNAA: B2455, NEVILL Joseph Harold
Red Cross file 1990802

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