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Gabell, Richard (7255)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 33 years 7 months

Enlistment Details: Monday, 4 December 1916 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 7255            view online service record

8 Duke Street
Abbotsford, VIC

Next of Kin:
Richard Gabell (father)
8 Duke Street
Abbotsford, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Monday, 19 February 1917
Ship: HMAT Ballarat A70
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion – 24th Reinforcements

KIA: Friday, 23 August 1918
Place: France

Brothers: Percy David Gabell & Herbert Gabell

Private, 5 Infantry, killed in action 23 August, 1918, aged 35, commemorated Heath Cemetery, Picardie, France.

Parents: Richard and Elizabeth GABELL, born Port Melbourne, educated Lithgow Street SS, Abbotsford, father shown at 184 Bay Street (undertakers), private residence 21 Spring Street. He enlisted at 33 years, a labourer with his mother in Abbotsford. Brothers 7259, Herbert and 3768, Percy David GABELL both born in Port Melbourne enlisted from the Abbotsford address. One other brother, Will and two married sisters

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 14, 2017 9.31 am 0Likes

    “Gabell was in B. Coy. and was No.2 on the Lewis Gun. I do not remember his number and did not actually see him killed, but I saw his dead body as St. Master’s Wood on the St, Quentin Road. Casualty happened about 6.30 a.m. on August 23, 1918 at which time he was on the Gun and shot through the head. I do not know place of burial, but refer to Pte, Fullerton, S.D., 5375, also killed August 23, 1918 about the same time., for he will know particulares of burial” (L/Cpl F.W. Jackson, 1770, B. Co. 5 Battn)

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