Lieutenant Albert Chalmers Borella

Service number 275
Ranks Held Lieutenant, Private, Sergeant
Birth Date 07 August 1881
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Borung
Death Date 07 February 1968
Death Place Australia: New South Wales, Albury
Final Rank Lieutenant
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1917-06-01
Published in London Gazette in 1918-09-16
Published in London Gazette in 1917-05-11
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-02-12
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-08-27
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-10-04
Description

In 1918 Albert Borella (1881-1968) led a platoon in an attack to straighten the front line beyond Villers-Bretonneux, from which a major British offensive was to be launched a few weeks later. While ahead of his troops, he single-handedly captured a machine-gun. Then, after clearing a trench and dug-outs, he inspired his men to hold out during heavy enemy counter-attacks. Borella had earlier received the Military Medal and been Mentioned in Despatches.

Although he had enlisted in Townsville (from Darwin), after the war he lived in Victoria as a farmer. Borella also served in the Second World War, and afterwards settled in Albury, New South Wales.

Rolls

  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
    London Gazette
    16 September 1918 on page 11075 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    12 February 1919 on page 262 at position 9
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
    London Gazette
    01 June 1917 on page 5422 at position 32
    Commonwealth Gazette
    04 October 1917 on page 2624 at position 44
  • Honours and Awards:

    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
    London Gazette
    11 May 1917 on page 4600 at position 12
    Commonwealth Gazette
    27 August 1917 on page 1828 at position 28
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
  • First World War Embarkation Roll:

    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Private

Timeline

Date of birth 07 August 1881
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 15 March 1915 A Company, 26th Battalion.
Date of embarkation 24 May 1915
Other 08 September 1915 Admitted to hospital in Egypt.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916
Other 05 February 1916 Rejoined his unit.
Other 1916-03 Sailed for France
Date wounded 29 July 1916 Wounded in the Battle of Pozieres.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917
Date of honour or award 1917-02 Although he was recommended for a higher award, he was Mentioned in Despatches for 'devototion to duty and general good work in the trenches'.
Date of honour or award 1917-03 Awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in action during the attack on Malt Trench, north of Warlencourt.
Date of recommendation honour or award 11 March 1917
Date of honour or award 1918-07-17 - 1918-07-18 Took part in an assault on a trench at Villers-Bretonneux for which he was recommended for the Distinguished Service Order. The award was upgraded to the Victoria Cross.
Date of recommendation honour or award 25 July 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 31 July 1918
Other 1918-08 Evacuated sick.
Date returned to Australia 06 November 1918
Other 23 February 1919 AIF appointment ended.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1939 Appointed to the Army and carried out guard duties for prisoners of war.
Date of discharge 1945 Discharged with the rank of captain.
Date of death 07 February 1968 Buried with full military honours in the Presbyterian cemetery in Albury, New South Wales.