Harold G. Cornell

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The son of GEorge Cornell, Harold Cornell studied at the Ballarat School of Mines and was made an Associate of the School. [1]

During World War 1 Harold Cornell was a Flight-Lieutenant. He was killed in action whilst engaged in the air service on 11 January 1918. [2]

Harold G. Cornell (Assoc. E.E., 1914) relinquished his position at the Mt Lyell Co.'s power house, and proceeded to England to engage in munitions work. After a year's service in that capacity he returned to Australia and returned to Australia and joined the Aviation Corps as a mechanic.[3]

Lieutenant, 2nd Sqn, AFC. Lieutenant Harold Gordon Cornell, Victoria, No 2 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, who on 11 December 1917 was killed in action over Dernancourt. Electrical engineer, of Ballarat, Victoria, born Richmond, VIC, 11 December 1891; educated Scotch College, Melbourne, went to England as a munitions worker, returning to Australia in the following year; enlisted in the AIF on 15 August at Queenstown, TAS and went to camp at Claremont; appointed 2nd Air Mechanic in Flying Corps and embarked on 25 October 1916; E. D. P. Corporal 29 December 1916 reverting to 2nd Air Mechanic on 11 January 1917; promoted Corporal 01 February 1917; Sergeant 01 May 1917; graduated as a pilot and appointed 2/Lieutenant 27 October 1917, landed in France 15 November 1917 and joined No 2 Squadron (or then as it was known) No 68 Squadron on November 22. Osborne Cornell who was Staff Sergeant 2 Field Ambulance in his first enlistment and Private 3 Machine Gun Battalion in his second enlistment was cousin to Harold Gordon Cornell.[4]


The many friends of the late Lieutenant Harold Gordon Cornell of Queenstown will be sorry to hear he was killed in action on December 11th 1917. Lieutenant Cornell, youngest son of the late G. and S. Cornell was a native of Ballarat. He was educated at the Humphrey Street state school where he gained a scholarship which admitted him to the Ballarat College. Here he had a brilliant scholastic career gaining numerous prizes and was dux of the college in 1907. Subsequently he entered the Ballarat School of Mines and became a student associate and electrical assistant at the institution. After gaining technical knowledge for his profession (electrical engineer) he came to Queenstown where he was employed at the Mt Lyall Company and was also electrical instructor at the local School of Mines. When war broke out Lieutenant Cornell proceeded to England where he worked for twelve months in munition factories. He returned to Queenstown where he enlisted for active service. At Claremont he joined the air service, he and E de Bomford Jnr being the first two to join this service from Queenstown. He left for England October 29th 1916 as Corporal and his progress was rapid. He gained his “wings” early in October 1917. Lt Cornell was only in his 26th year and was married to J Millicent de Bomford daughter of Mr and Mrs de Bomford of Queenstown. He leaves a young wife and baby daughter to mourn their loss. He was greatly respected by all who knew him and died nobly doing his duty to his country.[5]


World War One service recognised on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour.

Harold G. Cornell's name is listed in the Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll. He died of accidental injury.[6]

See also

Ballarat School of Mines



  1. Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1916.
  2. unnamed clipping, probably early January 1918.
  3. Ballarat School of Mines Students' Magazine, 1916.
  4. http://www.tasmanianwarcasualties.com/War%20Casualties/WW1/Notes/Surnames%20C/Cornell,%20Harold%20Gordon.htm, accessed 10 October 2016.
  5. The Weekly Courier, 31st January 1918.
  6. Ballarat School of Mines Honor Roll, University of Ballarat Historical Collection cat.no 536

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