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Sydney Harold ATTWELL

Regimental number2779
Place of birthInverell, New South Wales
True NameLEE, Norman Thomas
SchoolState School
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
Address8 Brisbane Terrace, off Luke Street, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 5.5"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Fanny Lee, Brisbane Terrace, off Luke Street, Perth, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed on HMS 'Encounter'.
Enlistment date2 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Company, Machine Gun Corps
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 23), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Fanny LEE, 8 Brisbane Terrace, Perth, Western Australia. Native of Inverell, New South Wales. Name appears on OWG file as Norman Thomas ATWELL; see LEE (the true family name).
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 4th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 6 January 1916.

Transferred to 56th Bn, 16 February 1916.

Detached to School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 4 March 1916.

Transferred to 14th Australian Machine gun Company, 10 March 1916.

Rejoined unit from detachment, 25 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Killed in action, 20 July 1916.

'Austr. Sold. Atwell, S.H. Erk. Mrk. 2779. 14.M.G.K.A.I.F. am 19.7. in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

Red Cross File No 160604: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Letter, 2968 Pte J.C. PEACOCK, 14th Machine Gun Company, 3 March 1917: 'He was shot in the German's (sic) second line of trenches at 6.30 o'clock on the morning of 20.7.16. & we had to leave him there. I am sure that he was killed instantanous (sic) for I was with him on the gun ... As far as I know he was under his own name he had been on one of the battleships before he inlisted (sic) that was the reason he was under another name.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, ATTWELL Sydney Harold
Red Cross File No 160604

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