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35th BATTALION A.I.F.

Private: 439 Herbert Paul GIDLEY. (Prisoner of War)

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Herbert Paul Gidley enlisted with the 35th Battalion AIF on the 21st of November 1915 and was an original member of the Battalion. RTA 5th March 1919.

Whilst in Action in Belgium, Private Gidley was rendered unconscious by a shell concussion and was taken prisioner with another five or six from his Battalion. During their journey to the church in which they were later held, GIDLEY picked up the cap of a dead German Soldier to provide himself extra warmth. They were held in the crypt of the church and left without supplies when the Germans withdrew in response to the British offensive. They were discovered four days later by a group of nuns returning to the church. Two of the wounded prisoners had died by this time.

Military Records

(Australian National Archives)

(German Cap donated to the Australian War Memorial)

UNDER CONSTRUCTION 09/12/2007


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