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Gilbert Goldie ANSCHAU

Regimental number244
Place of birthLismore, New South Wales
SchoolUniversity School, Tamworth, New South Wales
Other trainingMusical Career
ReligionChurch of England
AddressParramatta PO, Parramatta, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 9.75"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Anschau, Parramatta PO, Parramatta, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 September 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 21st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on 7 October 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll244
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularGiven name on RoHc is Gilbert Goldie. Sailed 1st Division 1914 - Invalided home April 1916 and sailed for front October 1916. Made Corporal in recognition of gallant conduct at Hermies, April 1917, where he was wounded. (Mother)
FateKilled in Action 5 May 1917
Place of death or woundingBullecourt, France
Date of death5 May 1917
Age at death29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Ruth ANSCHAU, Post Office, Parramatta
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2900 Pte Cecil Edwin ANSCHAU, 3rd Australian General Hospital, returned to Australia, 28 March 1919; Major Victor SAMPSON, 19th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916; Sister Narelle Hobbes, died of illness at sea; Pte W. Hobbes, died of illness; Lt T.Mc Stobo Phillips, DCM, killed in action; Pte L. Jones, killed in action; Sister Stobo, R.R.C. (Cousins)
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ANSCHAU Gilbert Goldie

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