Year of Birth: 1897
Place of Birth: Toowoomba, Queensland
Date of Enlistment: 8 February 1917
Date and Place of Embarkation: 20 June 1917, Melbourne, Victoria
Ship: HMAT Shropshire A9
Unit(s): 4th Australian Railway Operating Company
Regimental Number: 1446
Died: 21 March 1918
Christian Gisler was born on the 11 November 1896 to Christian Gisler and Maria Catharina Wiemers (Zimmemeyer). His parents married in January 1896. Christian had one sister, Maria Magdalena born 9 September 1899 who married Norman Virgen on the 14 September 1921. His father, Christian Gisler, a miller, died on the 25 July 1921 and is buried in Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery. His mother Maria died 13 October 1938.
On his enlistment Christian gave his address as Loco Dept. Cairns, his age as 21 years 1 month, his occupation was Acting Fireman and his next of kin was his father, Mr Christian Gisler, Campbell Street, Toowoomba. Christian was 5 feet 9 inches in height, weighed 164 pounds with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. His religion was Roman Catholic.
Christian Gisler was killed in action on the 21 March 1918 at Tincourt Railway Station and was buried in the Tincourt New British Cemetery.
Tincourt was a strategically important point on the Somme. The German forces withdrew in March 1917 and the British forces moved in using it as a Casualty Clearing Station for their troops. In 21 March 1918 the German forces launched an offensive and Tincourt fell again to the Germans. Christain Gisler lost his life on the first day of the German attack.
AWM – Australian Red Cross Wounded & Missing
NAA: B2455 – details of memorial
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