Bertie Greenfield

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Bertie Greenfield
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VC Corner Memorial wall L Reynolds photo May 2023
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1888
Place of Birth Worthing, Sussex, England
Death 20 Jul 1916
Place of Death Fromelles, France
Age at Enlistment 26 Years, 10 months
Description 5' 4½" (1.63m) tall ; 142 lbs
64.41 kg
; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
Occupation Brickmaker
Religion Methodist
Address 208 Railway parade, West Leederville, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Edward Greenfield
Military Information
Reg Number 1275
Date of Enlistment 19 Jul 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 32nd Battalion, D Company
Date of Embarkation 18 Nov 1915 ‒ 18 Dec 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A2 Geelong Adelaide to Port Suez
Fate Killed in Action 20 Jul 1916 at Fromelles, France
Monument Armadale War Memorial (Beenup panel)
VC Corner Memorial
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
WA State War Memorial
Australian War Memorial
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

A month after beginning training with the 16th Depot Company, Bertie was allocated to the newly formed 32nd Battalion which comprised 2 companies raised in Western Australia, and two in South Australia. The Western Australian companies travelled to South Australia to join the rest of the unit before travelling to Egypt.

Following a further six months of training and guarding the Suez Canal Zone, they embarked on the HMT Transylvania in Alexandria (17 Jun 1916) for Marseilles in southern France where they arrived on 23 Jun 1916.

On 19 Jul the 32nd Battalion, as part of the 8th Brigade, were on the left side of the Australian attack on the German lines at Fromelles. Bertie is one of 400 men captured by the Germans during the battle, and on 20 Jul 1916 he was officially posted as Missing.

An extensive Red Cross File held at the AWM includes the following:"Missin 20.7.16. Greenfield (D Coy) was in the attack on the Fromelles front on this date and Informant was told by Sgt (then Cpl) Bishop of D Coy. 1215, that he last saw Greenfield on the German parapet. He was groaning and seriously wounded. He was seen when retiring but it was impossible to bring him in." 1216 Sgt Bosville MG Section.[1].

His records indicate that on 24 Nov 1916 a German List dated 4 Nov 1916 was received by the Wounded and Missing Inquiry Bureau stating "The identification marks found on the prisoners of War are inspected by the General War Bureau and shown in the list as under "Dead".

On 13 Mar 1917 his Identification Disc was received from Germany with the news that he was deceased and he was therefore declared to have been Killed in Action 20 Jul 1916.

  • VC Corner Australian Cemetery & Memorial
  • Location of VC Corner


1917 Feb-Mar edition of The Drill of the Foot-Hills. Listed as per on the memorial i.e. T Greenshilds. [No one by the surname Greenshilds enlisted during WW1, and there are no matches using the surname Greenshield(s). Bertie Greenfield was a brickmaker and although the address given for enlistment is West Leederville, it is very likely that he was known to either the Beenup or Cardup brickyards.]

  1. "Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files - Bertie Greenfield". Australian War Memorial. 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 

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