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Name: Sidney John Gavel Regimental Number: 3502A Rank: Lance Corporal Battalion: 53rd Australian Infantry Battalion Date of Birth: November, 1894 Place of Birth: Mathoura, New South Wales, Australia Date of Enlistment: July 28, 1915 Place of Enlistment: Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia Address at Enlistment: Unknown Age at Enlistment: 20 years Height: 5 feet, 8 inches Weight: 140 lbs. Marital Status: Single Trade: Commission Agent Religion: Church of England Next of Kin: William Stillman Gavel (Father) Farm 177, Stoney Point, Leeton, New South Wales Date of Death: July 19, 1916 Age at Death: 21 Cemetery: VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France Commemorated on the Australian War Memorial Sidney Gavel was the grandson of Andrew Stillman Gavel, Gavelton, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia. He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal. He was killed by a sniper’s bullet on July 19, 1916. V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial is the only uniquely Australian cemetery on the Western Front. It was formed after the Armistice and contains the graves of 410 Australian soldiers who were killed during the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916 and whose bodies were found on the battlefield. As none of the bodies could be identified, it was decided not to mark the individual graves, but to record on a memorial the names of all the Australian soldiers who were killed in the engagement and whose graves are not known. Many of those originally listed on the memorial were subsequently identified and re-interred at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery.
Sidney John Gavel