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Bertie David Lester Bye

Name on Board BDL Bye
Name on Service
Bertie David Lester  Bye
Enlistment Age 29
Occupation Tanner
Place of Birth Richmond, Vic
Next of Kin Lavinia Annie Bye
Address 546 Melbourne Road, Spotswood, Vic
Marital Status M
Enlistment Date 30/09/1916
Service No. 31639
Enlistment Place Melbourne, Vic
Embarkation Place Melbourne
Embarkation Date 23/12/1916
Embarkation Ship RMS Orontes
Unit on Embarkation 24 Howitzer Brigade
Date of Death 3/03/1918
Unit on Death 13th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
Rank on Death Gunner
Cause of Death KIA
Place of Wounding/
Cemetery or Memorial La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Wallonie, Belgium
Additional Information Bert Bye had two daughters: Edna Coree and Alma Jean. Bert Bye was reported by his mates to be well liked, a good singer and a specialist signaller. In his Red Cross file it's reported that he was on duty at Red Lodge, near Warneto when he was killed instantly when hit in the head by a Minewerfer. Minenwerfer ("mine launcher") is the German name for a class of short range mortars used  to clear obstacles including bunkers and barbed wire, that longer range artillery would not be able to accurately target.
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