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07 August - Albert Borella VC, an Australian Hero

Unread postby Max ADU » Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:32 pm

Australian Birthday Today....
7th August

Albert Chalmers Borella VC, MM
(7 August 1881, Borung, Victoria–7 February 1968, North Albury, New South Wales) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

World War 1 entices men to join
Borella enlisted in Townsville, Queensland and had to go to some effort to do so.

At the outbreak of World War I the military authorities were not accepting volunteers from the Northern Territory. Borella accepted a job as a cook for a survey party in Tennant Creek and in January 1915

Borella set out for Darwin to volunteer for active service. With Charlie, an Aboriginal man, he walked 88 miles (140 km) and swam across flooded rivers.

After borrowing a horse at Powell Creek, just north of Renner Springs, Northern Territory, he rode to Katherine where he caught the mail coach to the railhead at Pine Creek.

He then sailed from Darwinto Townsville on 8 March 1915 with four other men who were among the first 15 volunteers for active service from the Northern Territory.

A Gallipoli Vetran
Borella served with the 26th Battalion at Gallipoli from 12 September 1915 until being evacuated with jaundice on 19 November.

Career Highlights
Being wounded in the
Battle of Pozieres Heights on 29 July. He achieved promotion from corporal to sergeant and then lieutenant by August 1917

Borella received a Military Medal for conspicuous bravery on 11 May 1917 and also the Victoria Cross in Villers-Bretonneux France on 16 September 1918 while a Lieutenant in the 26th Battalion (Q. and T), Australian Imperial Force.

During the period 17/18 July... Lieutenant Borella, whilst leading his platoon, charged and captured an enemy machine-gun, shooting two gunners. He then led his party, by now reduced to 10 men and two Lewis guns, against a very strongly held trench.

Using his revolver and later a rifle with great effect and causing many casualties. Two large dug-outs were also bombed and 30 prisoners taken...

He received his Victorian Cross at Sandringham from King George V.

Plaque of Recognition
At the age of 86 years
and 6 months old, Borella died on 7 February 1968 and was buried at the Presbyterian Cemetery, North Albury, New South Wales. In 1977.

A street in Albury was renamed Borella Road in his honour and a plaque unveiled on a memorial nearby, where the road begins.
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