Biography

Birth date: 1891
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Penrith
Death date: 30 May 1916
Death place: Western Front: Western Front (France), Nord Region, Armentieres
Final rank: Private
Service number: 91 - First World War, 1914-1918
1166 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 18th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force

Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin was born at Penrith, New South Wales during 1891 to parents Sidney William and Mary. A clerk by trade, he first enlisted at Liverpool on 12 August 1914 at the age of 23 with the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (ANMEF), Tropical Unit, 1st Battalion. He left Australia aboard HMAT Berrima on 19 August 1914 and served with the ANMEF to capture German assets in New Guinea.

After returning to Australia, he chose to enlist once again. On 22 March 1915 he again enlisted at Liverpool and was assigned to the 18th Infantry Battalion with the rank of private. Devlin departed Sydney aboard HMAT Ceramic on 25 June 1915. He served with the 18th Battalion at Gallipoli and on the Western Front until he was killed in action on 30 May 1916 in France. He was 25 years old. Errol Devlin is buried at Brewery Orchard Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, France.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of Death: 30 May 1916
  • Unit: 18th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 25 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 19 August 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Photograph

H12526

Group photograph of members of D Company, 18th Battalion, AIF, taken at the Army camp. The bugler centre front is probably 140 Bugler George Robert Rubie who was killed in action on 22 August 1915 on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The other bugler listed on the nominal roll is 122 Bugler Alexander Leslie...

H12526

H12529

The basket and wicker ware goods section of the Australian Red Cross Society Industries retail shop. The goods were made by returned Australian soldiers. (Donor Australian Red Cross Society)

H12529

H12527

Liverpool, New South Wales. c. 1915. A group of men outside a small structure at the Army camp. Possibly men of the 18th Battalion and perhaps grouped to have a photograph taken. (Donor Mrs M. Devlin)

H12527

Technology

Native Axe : Private E C N Devlin, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force

Native axe. The axe's haft has a rough wooden handle cut from a branch and the head has a crescent shaped blade which tapers up to the eye, above which is a small, square shaped butt which could be used as a hammering implement.

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Native Spear : Private E C N Devlin, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force

Native spear. The spear shaft is made from a solid piece of wood and has been painted black. The head of the spear is metal and has two arms that extend from the base. The arms have been screwed into the handle. On the upper arm of the spear, a leather pad for grip and control of the spear has been...

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Native spear : Private E C N Devlin, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force

Native spear. The spear shaft is made from a solid piece of wood and has been painted black. The head of the spear is metal and has two arms that extend from the base. The arms have been screwed into the handle. The spear head tapers forwards.

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Native Weapon : Private E C N Devlin, Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force

Native Weapon. The weapon is designed for two handed fighting. At one end is a metal axe head and at the opposite end is a large carved wooden spear blade. The spear blade is finely carved and appears to be integral to the haft. Featured on both sides of the blade are what appear to be eyes carved...

RELAWM08190.004

Digitised Collection

Proclamation on the annexation of German possessions in the Pacific, November 1914.

Document relating to the First World War service of 1166 Private Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, 18th Battalion. The Proclamation, written in Pidgin, was read out to the New Guineans upon their annexation as German territory. This handwritten copy was sent by Private Devlin to his brother, Lance, on 9...

RCDIG0000360

Letters and postcards of Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, 1914-1916

File relating to the First World War service of 1166 Private Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, 18th Battalion. It consists of letters and postcards written by Devlin to his family in Sydney. The dates span from 26 September 1914 to 3 May 1916. File contains: Prayer card from Moyee Roy, [n.d.]; Postcard...

RCDIG0000361

Letter from Jim Brown to Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, [c. 1915]

Letter relating to the First World War service of 1166 Private Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, 18th Battalion. The undated letter was written by Jim Brown (aged 7) to Private Devlin during the war. In the letter, Jim Brown states that he wishes he was a man so that he could "give it" to the Turk that...

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Union Flag of Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, n.d.

Flag relating to the First World War service of 1166 Private Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, 18th Battalion. The file contains a silk flag displaying the Union Jack, [n.d.].

RCDIG0000363

New Testament of Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, 1915.

Bible relating to the First World War service of 1166 Private Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, 8th Battalion. The file consists of a leatherbound copy of 'New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ', 1915.

RCDIG0000364

Heraldry

Badge belt : Private E C N Devlin, 18 Battalion, AIF

Webbing waist belt containing a regimental badge and buttons from various units. The brass buckle and tongue of the belt are both intact. The only regimental badge on the belt is for the Royal Engineers. The buttons represent artillery units, Royal Marines Light Infantry, a Light rail company, the...

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Private Record

Devlin, Errol Cappie Nepean (Private)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 1166 Private Errol Cappie Nepean Devlin, 18 Battalion, Gallipoli, 1915. Collection consists of letters and postcards written by Devlin, home to his family in Sydney; a letter written to Devlin by a boy of seven, Jim Brown; a handwritten... Maker: Devlin, Errol Cappie Nepean

1DRL/0241 (With records)

Timeline

Date of birth 1891
Date of embarkation 1914-08-19
Date of embarkation 1915-06-25
Date of death 1916-05-30