Topic: AIF - 3B - 9 LHR
9th LHR, AIF
9th Australian Light Horse Regiment
Roll of Honour
Carew Reynell's name on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel [Lt Col]
Unit: 9th Australian Light Horse
Date of death: 28 August 1915
Cause of death: Killed in action
Cemetery or memorial details: GALLIPOLI 16. Hill 60 Cemetery
War Grave Register notes: REYNELL, Lt. Col. Carew. 9th Australian Light Horse. Mentioned in Despatches. Killed in action 28th Aug., 1915. Age 32. Son of the late Walter and Emily Reynell; husband of May Reynell, of Reynella, South Australia. Native of Rostrevor, Magill, S. Aust. Sp. Mem. 4.
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.
A brief military biography of Carew Reynell from The AIF Project:
|Date of birth||16 September 1883|
|Address||Reynella, South Australia|
|Age at embarkation||31|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Mary M Reynell, Reynella, South Australia|
|Enlistment date||16 December 1914|
|Rank on enlistment||Major|
|Unit name||9th Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||10/14/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A10 Karroo on 11 February 1915|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Lieutenant-Colonel|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||9th Light Horse Regiment|
Unit: 9th Light Horse
Promotion date: 16 December 1914
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)|| |
Mention in Despatches
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29354 (5 November 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 12 (27 January 1916).
|Fate||Killed in Action 28 August 1915|
|Age at death from cemetery records||32|
|Place of burial||Hill 60 Cemetery (Special Memorial No. 4), Gallipoli, Turkey|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Walter and Emily REYNELL; husband of May REYNELL, Reynella, South Australia. Native of Rostrevor, Magill, South Australia|
|Other details|| |
War service: Egypt, GallipoliMedals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Christmas Day 1906.
[From left to right: Walter Reynell; Carew Reynell; Eversley Thomas; and, Ian Reynell.
From the personal diary of Carew Reynell
27 August 1915
I hear we are to be withdrawn in a day or two and replaced by some of the 5th Brigade. It seems possible that we may be sent to Imbros or Lemnos for a few days rest. We can all do with a rest I think. Personally I am pretty run down and had a cold for a long time and am lousy.
The transcript of the article is below:
The Late Major Carew Reynell
The happy and peaceful little village of Reynella was suddenly made sad and sombre on Tuesday by the receipt of a message from the military headquarters to the effect that Major Carew Reynell, the eledest son of Mr Walter Reynell, had been killed in action on the Gallipoli Peninsular. The well-known southern winery was immediately closed, and on all sides were manifested genuine grief and sympathy with the relatives, among whom are a widow and two children. The deceased officer was one of Nature's gentlemen, and a man who always "played the game" whatever the consequences might be. He made staunch friends wherever he went, and was held in high esteem, especially in the southern districts where the name of Reynell has been a household word almost since the foundation of the State.
Keen for the Front
On the outbreak of the war Major Reynell was anxious to volunteer for active service. Responsibilities, however, prevented him from gratifying his desire until toward the end of last year. He was then gazetted second in command of the 9th Light Horse Regiment of the 2nd Expeditionary Force. Having made military work a hobby for many years, and kept himself informed in modern tactical methods, he was eminently fitted for the high post. He fulfilled his duties with skill and ability, notwithstanding his comparative youth - he was only in his thirty-second year - and he wond the confidence of his men, who would follow him anywhere.
A characteristic of the late officer was his enthusiasm in whatever work he undertook. He joined the light horse as a private, and climed to his high rank. He received his first commission while serving with the 16th Australian Light Horse, and two years later gained the rank of Lieutenant in the 7th Light Horse. In 1912 he passed, with flying colours, the examination for the position of captain; after which he joined the 22nd Light Horse. In the same year he was promoted to the rank of major, the status which he held at the time of volunteering for the front. The deceased was a fearless and accomplished horseman. For three years he was master of the Adelaide Hunt Club, and during the term the club progressed conspicuously.
Biticulturalist and Winemaker
Major Reynell promised to become, and his father has been for many years. one of the Stat's foremost viticuluralists and winemakers. After having left St Peter's College, he began the study of vinegrowing and wine production in all their phases. Blessed with a natural scientific bent, quick perception, and good judgment, his studies advanced rapidly. His contreires hailed him as a man who, in the near future, was destined to play an important part in safeguarding and developing the industries along the best possible lines. Mr Reynell was particularly interested in the influences of different methods of cultivation and varied applications of manures in connection with viticulture and two or three years ago initiated at Reynella a series of experiments which have already revealed striking results.
From Fighting Stock
The deceased officer, whose younger brother, Dr WR Reynell (a Rhodes Scholar) has been at the front almost since the outbreak of the war, came from fighting stock. Many of his ancestors fought for their country, but none of them was more distinguished than his grand uncle, Lieut. Gen. Thomas Reynell, CB, who commanded the 71st Regiment (Highland Light Infantry) at Waterloo. The regiment was grigaded with a battalion of the 52nd (Oxfordshire Light Infantry) and two battalions of the 85th Rifles and formed part of Gen Adam's Brigade. They specially distinguished themselves at Quatre Bras. At one period of the battle the Duke of Wellington was in the square formed by the regiment when charged by French cavalry. At the close of the day the 71st took part in the final charge on Napoleon's Imperial Guard. Sir Thomas Reynell, who was dangerously wounded during the fight, was singled out for special honours when the awards were made.
Lest We Forget