Reginald Edgar AVERY

59th Infantry Battalion, AIF

Private, Regimental No. 1870.

Killed in Action, 4 April 1918, Bouzencourt, France.

Biographical Details  

Born: 5 March 1880 at Mackay, QLD, Australia.

Father: John Symons AVERY.

Mother: Elizabeth Livingston EDGAR.

Marital Status: Single.

Education: Coningsby State School, QLD and Brisbane Grammar School, QLD.

Occupation: Stockman

Service and Enlistment Details
Enlisted on
31 January 1916 at Brisbane, QLD.

Address at Enlistment: Brisbane, QLD.

Embarkation Details: Embarked Overseas on 1 May 1916 with 49th  Battalion,

3rd  Reinforcements at Sydney, NSW on Ship H.M.A.T. A46 "Clan McGillivray".

Cause of Death: Killed in Action on 4 April 1918 while serving with 59th  Battalion at Bouzencourt, France at the age of 38 years.

Burial place: No known grave.

Next of Kin:  Father, Mr. John Avery, Taringa, Brisbane, QLD.

Religion: Presbyterian.

Reg was the older brother of Wilfred Percival Avery who was killed in Action on 25 April 1917 while tunnelling under Hill 60 in Belgium.

At the time he was killed Reg was an observer at Battalion Headquarters.  He was killed when hit by a piece of shrapnel.  It was not possible to bury him at the time due to the Germans attacking the British lines and his body was left in  “No Mans Land”.

The Avery family lived at Coningsby near Farleigh and were pioneers in the district.

Commemorative Details


Panel 166,  Australian War Memorial;

Australian National Memorial, Villers-Brettoneux, France;

Coningsby State School Honour Board.

Other Sources/Acknowledgements:  

Kiera McClelland



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