Birth date: 6 June 1894
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Ballarat
Death date: 23 July 1973
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Lancefield
Final rank: Corporal
Service number: 12 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment

Geoffrey Arthur Nevett Mitchell was born at Ballarat in 1894 and was a student at Melbourne University when he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. Mitchell joined the 4th Light Horse Regiment on 24 August 1914 and left Australia aboard HMAT Wiltshire on 19 October 1914. Geoffrey Mitchell's previous military experience came from his time as a senior cadet at Geelong College and a short period with the University of Melbourne Rifles.

Mitchell remained in Egypt with the 4th Light Horse until April 1915 when he was discharged from the AIF and proceeded to England to join the 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, 29th Division in July 1915. He served with this unit at Gallipoli until being wounded in August 1915. After recovering from his wounds, Mitchell joined the Royal Flying Corps, quickly rising through the ranks to become a lieutenant in the 13th Balloon Company by late 1916. Mitchell's service with the Royal Flying Corps continued until mid-1918, when, as a major, he returned to England to take command of the Richmond Park Transport Depot.

After demobilising in 1919, Mitchell settled in Malaya, working on a rubber plantation until 1931. He enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War and remained in Victoria after the end of the war. Geoffrey Arthur Nevett Mitchell died at Lancefield, Victoria on 23 July 1973.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 19 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Collection Items

Private Record

Mitchell, Geoffrey Arthur Nevett (Major, b.1894 - d.1973)

Collection relating to the First World War service of Ballarat born Geoffrey Arthur Nevett Mitchell. In August 1914, he joined the 4th Victorian Light Horse (Regimental Headquarters) as 12 Corporal (Cpl) Geoffrey Mitchell, arriving in Alexandria in December 1914. In April 1915, Mitchell was... Maker: Mitchell, Geoffrey Arthur Nevett

PR04578 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Note book of Geoffrey Arthur Nevett Mitchell, 1914 - 1920

Note book relating to the First World War service of 12 Corporal Geoffrey Arthur Nevett Mitchell, 4th Light Horse Regiment. The note book, written between August 1914 and 7 March 1920, contains diary entries and details of Mitchell's locations and equipment.


Diary of Geoffrey Arthur Nevett Mitchell, 1916-1917

Diary relating to the First World War service of 12 Corporal Geoffrey Arthur Nevett Mitchell, 4th Light Horse Regiment. It consists of a handwritten diary written in an Army Book, detailing Mitchell's movements and activities of the 13 Balloon Company, with sketches. Dates span from 29 December...



Date of birth 1894-06-06
Date of embarkation 1914-10-19
Date of death 1973-07-23