Lieutenant Albert Chalmers Borella

Service Number 275
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
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 27 August 1917 on page 1828 at position 28
London Gazette 11 May 1917 on page 4600 at position 12

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

  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Private
    Place of Embarkation
    Brisbane
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Ascanius A11
    Date of Embarkation
    24 May 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Victoria Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry 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:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
    London Gazette
    1 June 1917 on page 5422 at position 32
    Commonwealth Gazette
    4 October 1917 on page 2624 at position 44
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry 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):

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    24 May 2017
    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    11 March 1917
    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Service Order
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    25 July 1918
    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Service Order
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    31 July 1918
    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Lieutenant
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    24 May 2017
    Unit
    26th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant

Timeline

Date of birth 1881-08-07
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915-03-15 A Company, 26th Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1915-05-24
Other 1915-09-08 Admitted to hospital in Egypt.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916
Other 1916-02-05 Rejoined his unit.
Other 1916-03 Sailed for France
Date wounded 1916-07-29 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 1917-03-11
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 1918-07-25
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-07-31
Other 1918-08 Evacuated sick.
Date returned to Australia 1918-11-06
Other 1919-02-23 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 1968-02-07 Buried with full military honours in the Presbyterian cemetery in Albury, New South Wales.

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