Joseph Henry Meyts #3221

Private Joseph Henry MEYTS

Joseph Meyts left Australia in May 1916 assigned to the 31st Infantry Battalion and arrived in Egypt four weeks later.  His battalion was selected to proceed to England in August 1916 training at Larkhill Camp on the Salisbury Plain.

Private Meyts was admitted to hospital 9 days later with a gunshot wound to his arm, received during this time.  Recovered, he proceeded overseas to France in January 1917 where he joined his Unit in the field at Trones Wood, west of Dernancourt on the Western Front.

Joe was engaged on a patrol with 10 others of ‘B’ Company to locate the German front line. When they were discovered, the Germans opened fire with machine guns, killing Joseph Meyts and Charles O’Rourke #3862.

Private Meyts is buried at Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

This delightful keepsake has now been digitised and is available to view via the State Library of Queensland's website.

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Marg Powell

 

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