Private. Samuel KIRKPATRICK, ,Stretcher Bearer,of Hoxton Park,NSW,Australia

Male 1888 - 1917


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  • Name  Private. Samuel KIRKPATRICK, ,Stretcher Bearer,of Hoxton Park,NSW,Australia 
    Prefix  Private. 
    Suffix  ,Stretcher Bearer,of Hoxton Park,NSW,Australia 
    Born  18 Apr 1888  Hoxton Park, New South Wales , Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:Birth Certificate
    Gender  Male 
    Died  4 Oct 1917  the battle of Broodseinde, Zonnebeke , Belguim Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  an unmarked grave behind the captured German pillbox known as "Anzac House", between Zonnebeke and Polygon Wood, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • No official Grave.Remembered with Honour-the Ypres(Menin Gate)Memorial,Belgium-Panel 7. Kirkpatrick/Boyland Memorial Park at Hoxton Park,NSW is dedicated to his memory.

      "Anzac House",behind which Sam was reportedly buried,changed hands many times in the weeks following Sams death , resulting in the pillbox and the surrounding area being totally obliterated.
    Notes 
    • Reg No 7019 .Pte ,23R 3rd Btn 1AIF,KIA Zonnebeke 4th October 1917- Memorial or Cemetery - No known Grave.Remembered with Honour-the Ypres(Menin Gate)Memorial,Belgium-Panel 7. Kirkpatrick/Boyland Memorial Park at Hoxton Park,NSW is dedicated to his memory. Samuel Kirkpatrick's name is located at panel 37 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial . A stretcher bearer when the allied attack commenced at 5.30 a.m on 4th October 1917. Within a few yards Samuel was fatally wounded just in front of Anzac Ridge,located on the Wilhelm Line near Polygon Wood ,and lived but a few minutes after being hit by a German shell .A mate with him,Private D. McDonald of the 3«sup»rd«/sup» Battalion, wrote to the Missing Soldiers Enquiry stating he was not sure where Samuel was buried but believed it was "behind Anzac House".

      The exact location of this Anzac House has now been established .It lay on Anzac Ridge between Zonnebeke and Polygon Wood, but much nearer the latter.It was a large German Pillbox captured by the 18th battalion during the Battle of Menin Road (on 20 Sept,1917 ).
      In 2012 , a great grandnephew,Cameron John Kirkpatrick,arranged with a friend who was on a pilgrimage in the area, to visit the site and say a few words of remembrance, and erect an Australian Flag in the vicinity of the area "behind Anzac House" , the pillbox itself now located under the present farmhouse.
    • (Research):The battle of Broodseinde Ridge was the third operation launched by British general Herbert Plummer as part of the Ypres offensive of 1917. It was a large operation, involving twelve divisions, including those of both I and II ANZAC. The attack was planned on the same basis as its predecessors - the attacking troops' objectives were approximately 1,500 metres deep, the advance would be preceded by a massive artillery bombardment; and a creeping barrage would lead the troops on to their objectives and then protect them while they consolidated their positions.

      The attack began before dawn on 4 October 1917. The Australian troops involved were shelled heavily on their start line and a seventh of their number became casualties even before the attack began. When it did, the attacking troops were confronted by a line of troops advancing towards them; the Germans had chosen the same morning to launch an attack of their own. The Australians forged on through the German assault waves and gained all their objectives along the ridge. It was not without cost, however. German pillboxes were characteristically difficult to subdue, and the Australian divisions suffered 6,500 casualties. Ref:AWM.
    Person ID  I54  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified  15 Sep 2017 

    Father  James KIRKPATRICK, ,of Hoxton Park,NSW,Australia,   b. 10 Nov 1851, County Antrim, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1904, Hoxton Park, New South Wales , Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Catherine Jane MCCOOKE,   b. 18 May 1857, Armoy, County Antrim, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1941, The "Braeside "Priv Hospital Stanmore .NSW.Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Dec 1880  St Anne's Church of Ireland Cathedral, Belfast, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Although the family name is spelt McCooke in the 1911 census of Ireland ,Catherine's marriage record has her name spelt as McCook (this spelling is also used in her Australian records of death)



    Family ID  F15  Group Sheet

  • Documents

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    Commemorative Certificate
    Commemorative Certificate
    The letter home from somewhere in France
    The letter home from somewhere in France
    Samuels File with the Wounded and Missing Enquiry
    Samuels File with the Wounded and Missing Enquiry
    Sam remembered with honour at  Menin Gate.
    Sam remembered with honour at Menin Gate.
    7019 Samuel Kirkpatrick
    7019 Samuel Kirkpatrick




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