|Birth: ||Aug. 3, 1897|
|Death: ||Sep. 1, 1918, France|
Matthew Mitchell enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force with his Twin Brother on the day of their 18th birthday, 3 August, 1915. He was the son of the late Braddon Mitchell & Hannah Elizabeth (nee Parnaby) Mitchell of Lower Bethanga, Vic. He died of wounds received in action, aged 21 years.
8th Battalion, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. - Service No: 3542.
"The 8th Battalion was raised within two weeks of the start of the First World War (28 July 1914). The majority of its personnel were drawn from volunteers for overseas service from rural Victoria and after undertaking rudimentary training the battalion, attached to the 2nd Brigade, departed Australia two months later, heading for Egypt.
In August, 1915 the battalion took part in the attack on Lone Pine, as the Allies attempted to break the stalemate that had developed on the peninsula. The August Offensive proved unsuccessful, however, and for the remainder of the campaign the 8th Battalion carried out mainly defensive duties before being evacuated along with the rest of the Anzac force in December 1915.
After the withdrawal from Gallipoli, the battalion returned to Egypt where the Australian Imperial Force underwent a period of re-organisation and expansion in preparation for deployment to the Western Front.
In March 1916, the 8th Battalion embarked for France and after arriving there shortly afterwards, it took up a position in the trenches on the Somme battlefield. Throughout 1917 they took part in operations against the Hindenburg Line, before being involved in the Third Battle of Ypres.
Following the launch of the German spring offensive in March and April 1918, the 8th Battalion took part in defensive operations, before participating in the Battle of Amiens, as the Allies launched their own counter offensive on 8 August 1918; an offensive that ultimately brought about an end to the war. The battalion continued operations until late September 1918, when, suffering severe manpower shortages, the Australian Corps was withdrawn from the line for rest and re-organisation. They were subsequently out of the line when the Armistice was signed on 11 November 1918 and the war came to an end. Throughout the course of the war, the 8th Battalion suffered 877 killed and 2,410 wounded. Its members received the following decorations: 3 VCs, 10 DSOs and 1 Bar, 33 MC and 6 Bars, 43 DCMs, 32 MMs and 1 Bar, 4 MSMs, 45 MIDs and 9 foreign awards."
Braddon Mitchell (1854 - 1918)
Hannah Elizabeth Parnaby Mitchell (1868 - 1924)
Matthew Hawton Mitchell (1897 - 1918)
Frederick Summersgill Mitchell (1897 - 1916)*
Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension
Departement de la Somme
Plot: IV. D. 18.
Maintained by: nettlyne
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56591694
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