Albert Hughes Michel

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Albert Hughes Michel
Personal Information
Date of Birth 16 Oct1893
Place of Birth Sydney, New South Wales
Death 21 Oct 1977. aged 84
Place of Death Subiaco, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 22 years, 1 month
Description 5'8¼" tall ; 144lbs
65.317 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Boilermaker
Religion Church of England
Address Gosnells, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Joseph Michel
Military Information
Reg Number 15114
Date of Enlistment 13 Nov 1915
Rank Gunner
Unit/Formation 10th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Reinforcement
Date of Embarkation 4 May 1916 ‒ ?? Jun 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A17 Port Lincoln
Date of Return 22 Sep 1919 ‒ 4 Nov 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A15 Port Sydney
Fate Wounded in action 15 Jun 1917 Belgium
Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Gosnells Ward Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Served his apprenticeship with the WAGR Loco Workshops commencing on 13 Jun 1910, tradesman from 11 Nov 1915.

War Service

Entered Blackboy Hill camp on 29 Nov 1915, and on 16 Dec 1915 he was posted to Artillery reinforcements, with training to be undertaken at Broadmeadows camp in Victoria. On 29 Jan 1916 he was posted to the 10 Field Artillery Brigade, and on 1 Apr 1916 to their 1st reinforcement draft.

In England he trained with the 10th FAB at Bulford camp, until on 14 Nov 1916 when he was transferred to the 8th Field Artillery Brigade. Albert proceeded overseas to France on 30 Dec 1916 and was posted to the 29th Field Artillery Battery. Hospitalised with illness from 8 - 13 Mar 1917 in France, he was wounded in action on 15 Jun 1917 while his battery were firing in support of New Zealand troops on German positions thought to be being vacated as they withdrew. His injury appears not to have been serious as he rejoined the battery on 7 Jul 1917.

On 8 Oct 1917 Albert was appointed Acting Bombardier, then Temporary Bombardier on 13 Nov 1917. Later that day he was promoted Bombardier. On 27 Aug 1918 the rank changed to Corporal, implying that he was no longer with the battery.

Discharged by the 5th Military District on 27 Dec 1919.

Post War

Resumed working for Western Australian Government Railways on 13 Nov 1919. During a trades dispute he was off work for almost 6 months unpaid from 22 Feb to 6 Aug 1952. Retired on 1 Oct 1958.

Albert married Ada Constance Nuttall during 1927. Ada died 2 Jul 1996 aged 94 in Subiaco.

Electoral Roll entries: 1925 - 1926 Gosnells, boilermaker; 1931 at 97 West parade, East Perth; 1943 - 1977 at 13 Waverley street, Subiaco.


Albert's records are minimalist.

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