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  • Name: Albert Chalmers BORELLA
  • D.O.B: 7th August, 1881
  • D.O.A: 18th July, 1918
  • D.O.D: 7th February, 1968
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, 26th Battalion (Queensland and Tasmania), 7th Brigade, 2nd Division, Australian Imperial Force
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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South-east of Villers-Bretonneux, France 17-18 July 1918

17-18 July 1918

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The First World War 1918 

On 17 July 1918, 26th Battalion (Queensland and Tasmania), 7th Brigade, attacked the German line east of Amiens, south of the railway running south-east from Villers-Bretonneux. Lieutenant A C Borella led his platoon towards the Germans’ Jaffa Trench, though the trench itself was officially beyond their objective. He then maintained their position against two counter-attacks.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery in attack. Whilst leading his platoon with the first wave Lt. Borella marked an enemy machine gun firing through our barrage. He ran out ahead of his men into the barrage, shot two German machine-gunners with his revolver, and captured the gun. He then led his party, now reduced to ten men and two Lewis guns, against a very strongly held trench, using his revolver and later a rifle, with great effect, causing many enemy casualties. His leading and splendid example resulted in the garrison being quickly shot or captured. Two large dug-outs were also bombed and thirty prisoners taken. Subsequently the enemy twice counter-attacked in strong force, on the second occasion outnumbering Lt. Borella’s platoon by ten to one, but his cool determination inspired his men to resist heroically, and the enemy were repulsed with very heavy loss. 

Fifth Supplement to The London Gazette of 13 September 1918. 16 September 1918, Numb. 30903, p. 11075

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