Allan F. H. Gabriel
Allan Francis Hayward Gabriel served with the A.I.F. during World War One.
Gabriel was a teacher. On 15 June 1915 he enlisted in the A.I.F. to serve in World War One, with the service number 1927. He served with the 23rd Battalion at Egypt, Gallipoli, Belgium. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 4 April 1916, and Sergeant on 6 December 1916.
While serving as Temporary Company Sergeant Major, Gabriel was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field at Broodseinde, on 9th October 1917:
"For conspicuous gallantry in action at Broodseinde on 9.10.17. This C.O. led his men with great determination to final objective in spite of heavy enemy M.G. fire and rifle fire which caused 60% casualties. He showed a fine example and disregard for personal danger by encouraging his men to dig in and hold on to an exposed flank for 10 hours until flank Unit connected with this party."
He was sent for officer training in Oxford, England, and was promoted to Lieutenant on 18 August 1918. On 1 September 1918, he was wounded in action, with gun shot wounds to both buttocks. He was taken by the 9th Australian Field Ambulance to the 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, and then transferred to the 8th General Hospital at Rouen. On September 5 he was invalided to England.
He returned to Australia 23rd March 1919 per transport "Ceramic".
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 National Archives of Australia, World War I records, NAA: B2455, GABRIEL A F H, SERN 1927, http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/BasicSearch.aspx accessed 5 February 2014