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Chabrel Frances George


Born 20th October 1894 Devonport Tasmania to Marcelin John and Annie Madeline Chabrel (nee Johnson)

Chabrel entered the Royal Military College at Duntroon with the second intake of cadets on 7 March 1912. He was a member of the Honour Guard at the naming ceremony in Canberra on 12 March 1913. His class was graduated early on 2 November 1914 and he was appointed as a lieutenant in the 16th Battalion. The 16th Battalion landed on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and by 3 May they were positioned near Quinns Post and the Bloody Angle when Chabrel was shot in the neck and lower body. He was hospitalised in Egypt and made a quick recovery, returning to Gallipoli in mid June and being promoted to the rank of Captain shortly afterwards. In August 1915 a final attempt was made to capture the heights of Sari Bair with troops from New Zealand, India and the 4th Brigade (which included the 16th Battalion) of the AIF. Chabrel belonged to C Company of the 16th Battalion, leading the attack on Sikhs Hill. As he went to report to his Battalion Commanding Officer Chabrel was shot in the head by a sniper.

Notes from ACT Memorial

   Photo Courtesy of Donald Goff



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