Bernard William Chatfield
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|Date of Birth||not known 1897|
|Place of Birth||Burton on Trent, Manchester, England|
|Death||3 Sep 1916|
|Place of Death||Mouquet farm, Pozieres, France|
|Age at Enlistment||18 years, 4 months|
5'3½" (1.61m) tall ; 129 lbs|
58.513 kg; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; black hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||'Bridge Farm', Serpentine, Western Australia (Turner farm)|
|Next of Kin||Sister , Miss Elsie Monica Chatfield|
|Date of Enlistment||5 Jul 1915|
|Unit/Formation||11th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement B Company, transferred to B Company 51st Battalion / 13th Brigade, 4th Division|
|Date of Embarkation||5 Oct 1915 ‒ ? Oct 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A20 Hororata|
|Fate||Missing in Action 3 Sep 1916 Mouquet Farm, later confirmed KIA|
Serpentine Roll of Honour |
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Permission to enroll was signed by Eliza Turner given that both parents were dead. Parents were Edmund John and Annie.
On arrival at Blackboy Hill camp, Bernard was allocated to the 9th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion. He travelled with them to Egypt where he undertook further training before he was taken on strength by the 11th Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir camp. On 29 Feb 1916 he was one of the first to be transferred to the 51st Battalion at Serapuem as part of the expansion and reorganisation of the AIF.
Along with his battalion, he boarded HMT Ivernia in Alexandria on 5 Jun 1916 for Marseilles in France where they arrived on 12 Jun 1916.
The battalion was engaged in an attack on Mouquet Farm between 13th and 16th August, and given that on 18 Aug 1916 he was appointed Lance Corporal during the battalions reorganisation at Warloy, Bernard must have acquitted himself well.
At 6:30pm on 1 Sep 1917 B Company left BRICKFIELDS to lead the battalion forward to relieve the 47th Battalion and prepare for an attack on the enemy trenches. Relief was completed by 5am. Later, B & D Companies were to lead the attack on Mouquet Farm, and although the attack advanced to the farm and beyond, the defenders were able to use a very extensive underground system to emerge behind attacking troops and harass them with snipers and machine guns.
Support troops, finding themselves under attack from both flanks as well as the front were forced to withdraw, leaving the remnants of C and D Companies isolated in an old German trench.
Bernard's Red Cross file notes their inability to find anyone who can tell them how Chatfield was killed. A Court of Enquiry was held on 23 Apr 1917, and it resolved that Bernard had been Killed in Action on 3 Sep 1916..
Following confirmation of his death, sister Elsie was awarded a pension of 10/- per fortnight from 7 Dec 1916. Elsie (married name McIntyre) wrote to the Defence Department in June 1967 requesting Bernard's Anzac Medal. At the time she was living at 'Big Bend', Clunes, Victoria.
No grave having been identified for Bernard, he is recorded on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.
- "Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files - Bernard William Chatfield". Australian War Memorial. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.