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Title: Albert Borella
Name: Borella, Albert Chalmers
Rank: Captain
Service Number: 275
Place of Birth: Borung (Vic.)
Biographical notes:
All five men in the photo sailed together from Darwin to Townsville on Monday 8 March 1915 on the SS ‘Alderham’ to enlist in the First World War. Standing: Lieutenant Albert Borella 275 26th Infantry Battalion VC MM; Lieutenant Robert Dingwall Buttercase (Bob Butters) 1376 41st Battery KIA 5 April 1918; Private James Park 658 13th Light Horse Regiment. Private James Lawrence Cain (Jimmie Cain) 2060 9th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement KIA 20 April 1916; Private Frank Thomson 2057 9th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement.
See also Northern Territory Times and Gazette, Thursday 11 March 1915: p.12.
Occupation: Farmer
Date of Enlistment: 15-Mar-1915
Age at Enlistment: 31
Place of Enlistment: Townsville (Qld.)
Unit: 26th Battalion, B Company
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1958-02-07
Place of Death: Albury (N.S.W.)
Place of Burial: Albury Lawn Cemetery (N.S.W.)
Honours and Awards: Military Medal
Victoria Cross
Service History: Borella embarked from Brisbane on board HMAT A11 ‘Ascanius’ on 24 May 1915. Borella served on Gallipoli from 12 September 1915 until evacuation. After transferring to the Western Front, Borella was wounded at Pozieres in July 1916. On returning to his battalion he was promoted to Sergeant in January 1917 and awarded the Military Medal in March 1917 and promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in April 1917. After being granted English leave in June 1917 he was marched in for training with 7th Training Battalion and remained there until November 1917. He was promoted to Lieutenant and marched out to his battalion in France. Borella was awarded the Victoria Cross in September 1918 for “most conspicuous bravery in attack”. Borella was later hospitalised with recurring bouts of illness and was unfit to return to France until denture perfected due to very defective teeth. Borella embarked for Australia on H.T. ‘Marathon’ 6 November 1918 disembarking 1 January 1919 and was discharged 23 February 1919.


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