16th at Bullecourt, the POWs

16th at Bullecourt, the POWs

On the 11th of April 1917, Australian forces attacked a sector of the Hindenberg line between Bullecourt and Queant. The 16th Battalion A.I.F. was one of four Battalions of the 4th Brigade involved in the attack. The initial advance was successful with the Brigade taking it's 1st and 2nd objectives into the 2nd line German trenches albeit with many casualties. However the hold was tenuous, enfilading machine gun fire made resupply impossible and the attackers soon began to run out of ammunition. A succession of fierce counterattacks eventually drove the Australians back to their own lines, by this time 75% of the 16th were either wounded or dead. The 16th went into the fight with 20 officers and 797 other ranks, the battalion lost in this one day's fighting 17 officers and 623 other ranks, dead, wounded and prisoners of war. The losses in the 4th Brigade as a whole were similarly high, 79 officers and 2,260 other ranks. A large proportion of the 16th were captured at their objective Reincourt. This community highlights some of them.

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  • Australian Imperial Force 6479 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

  • Born 1874

    Australian Imperial Force 6606 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

  • Born 1881

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 6616 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

  • Born 1897

    Died 1917

    Australian Imperial Force 5742 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 18th Reinforcements

  • Born 1898

    Australian Imperial Force 6553 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

  • Born 1892

    Australian Imperial Force 6596 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

  • Born 1889

    Australian Imperial Force 24 Private 16th Btn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. "C" Company

    Australian Imperial Force 24 Corporal 16th Btn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

    Australian Imperial Force 24 Sergeant 16th Btn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Born 1890

    Australian Imperial Force 6358 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 20th Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 6358 Corporal 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 20th Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 6358 Acting Sergeant 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 20th Reinforcements

  • Born 1892

    Australian Imperial Force 6476 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 6476 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Born 1878

    Australian Imperial Force 6498 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 6498 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Born 1875

    Australian Imperial Force 6465 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 6465 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Born 1890

    Australian Imperial Force W18576

    Australian Imperial Force Private 20 Depot

    Australian Imperial Force Sergeant 22 Depot

  • Born 1884

    Australian Imperial Force 6528 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 6528 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Born 1895

    Australian Imperial Force 6519 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 6519 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Born 1892

    Australian Imperial Force 6514 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 6514 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Born 1892

    Australian Imperial Force 6578 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 6578 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Born 1884

    Australian Imperial Force 6143 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 19th Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 380 Private 60th Depot

    Australian Imperial Force 380 Private Cyclist Corps

  • Born 1898

    Australian Imperial Force 6583 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 6583 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Born 1898

    Australian Imperial Force 6487 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 21st Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 6487 Private 16th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

  • Born 1891

    Australian Imperial Force 2478 Private 11th Btn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 7th Reinforcements

    Australian Imperial Force 2478 Private 51st Btn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F

    Australian Imperial Force 2478 Lance Corporal 51st Btn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F