Richard Grenfell

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Tourello School Honor Roll, displayed at Clunes RSL

Richard Grenfell served with the AIF during World War One.



GRENFELL Richard : Service Number - 4794 : Place of Birth - Tourello VIC : Place of Enlistment - Ballarat VIC : Next of Kin - (Father) GRENFELL R

Grenfell was born in Tourello c1882, Victoria, the son of Richard Grenfell. He had attended the Tourello State School. He was working as a farmer when he enlisted in the AIF, 59th Battalion, in 1915. He arrived in Suez in May 1916. In August 1916, he joined the battalion in France. He attended a month training course in grenades during October 1916, and rejoined his unit at the end of the month. He died from wounds recieved in action on the 3 November 1916. He was buried in the Thistle Dump Cemetery, Plot 1, Row E, Grave 10.[1]

From the Clunes Guardian and Gazette, November 1916:

"A cable was received by the relatives last week that Private Richard Grenfell, son of Mr. Richard Grenfell of Tourello, had been killed in action in France. The deceased was a very popular young man, and well known throughout the district. He was a member of the Clunes Gun Club and a good shot. He was also, a good all round cricketer."[2]


His World War One service is recognised on the Tourello State School Roll of Honour.[3]

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  1. National Archives of Australia, World War I records, B2455, GRENFELL R, SERN 4794, accessed 14 December 2013
  2. 1916 'THE HONOR ROLL.', Clunes Guardian and Gazette (Vic. : 1918 - 1918), 21 November, p. 3, viewed 5 May, 2014,
  3. 1918 'TOURELLO.', Clunes Guardian and Gazette (Vic. : 1918 - 1918), 5 April, p. 3, viewed 5 May, 2014,

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