|Place of birth||Longreach, New South Wales|
|School||Public School, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Brayton, via Marulan, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||37|
|Next of kin||Father, Samuel Todkill, Brayton, via Marulan, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Place of enlistment||Goulburn, New South Wales|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||19th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/36/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||35th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Age at death from cemetery records||38|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.
The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.
On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.
After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
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|Parents: Samuel and Elizabeth TODKILL, Brayton, New South Wales|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 16 July 1917; disembarked Liverpool, England, 16 September 1917, and marched in to 6th Training Bn, Rollestone.
Proceeded overseas to France, 23 January 1918; taken on strength, 35th Bn, in the field, 28 January 1918.
Killed in action, 4 April 1918.
Statement, Red Cross File No 2760301, 6849 Pte C.G. WILKINSON, A Company, 35th Bn, 25 April 1918: 'I was alongside him at the back of the Churchyard at Villers Bretoneux [sic] on the morning of the 4th April 1918, as we were retiring, when he was killed instantly by a bullet through the head and his body left behind on ground now held by the enemy.'Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, TODKILL James Henry
Red Cross File No 2760301