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Ernest Charles CANNELL

Regimental number1736
Place of birthBelfast, Ireland
Place of birthBelfast, Co Antrim, Ireland
SchoolBrighton Avenue, Gateshead, Co. Durham
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionChurch of England
Address32 South Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 8"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Lucy F Cannell, 3 Saltwell Street, Gateshead on Tyne, Newcastle, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 January 1915
Place of enlistmentOaklands, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 1 April 1915
FateDied of wounds 15 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death27.10
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialKandahar Farm Cemetery (Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 27), Neuve-Eglise, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Benjamin and Lucy CANNELL, 3 Saltwell Street, Gateshead, Durham, England. Native of Belfast, Ireland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide on HMAT 'Port Lincoln', 1 April 1915; taken on strength from reinforcements, Gallipoli, 5 June 1915.

Found guilty at Gallipoli, 14 June 1915, of insubordinate conduct, 13 June 1915: awarded 3 days' Field Punishment No 1.

Admitted to Hospital, Mudros, 24 November 1915. Disembarked from HS 'Grampian', Alexandria, 4 January 1916.

Found guilty at Tel-el-Kebir, 5 January 1916, of being absent without leave, 25 December 1915: awarded 8 days' detention; forfeited total of 12 days' pay. Found guilty at Tel-el-Kebir, 28 January 1916, of breaking camp whilst on active service, tattoo, 23 January, to 9.15 pm, 24 January 1916: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2; forfeited total of 3 days' pay. Transferred to 50th Bn, 26 February 1916, and taken on strength, Tel-el-Kebir, 27 February 1916. Transferred to 4th Divisional Artillery, 14 March 1916, and taken on strength of 24th Howitzer Brigade, Tel-el-Kebir; posted to 111th Battery, 14 March 1916.

Found guilty at Serapeum, 30 April 1916, of being absent from parade, 5.30 am, 30 April, to 6.00 am, 30 April 1916: awarded two extra picquets.

Embarked Alexandria on HMT 'Elele' and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 3 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 13 June 1916. Transferred to 11th Field Artillery Brigade, 25 January 1917, and posted to 41st Battery; attached to Ordinance Works for duty, Viviers Hill, 5 February 1917.

Found guilty, 16 May 1917, of neglect of duty whilst acting as a sentry, 10 May 1917: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Died of wounds received in action, Belgium, 15 June 1917. Buried at Kandahar Farm a short distance West-Southwest of Wulvergham and 2.5 miles Southwest of Messines.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CANNELL Ernest Charles

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