Christain GISLER

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

Rank:  Sapper

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.

 

Darling Downs Gazette 10 May 1916

 

Tincourt Railway Station

 

Vera Deakin is the daughter of Alfred Deakin who was Prime Minister of Australia on three occassions.

AWM – Australian Red Cross Wounded & Missing

 

NAA: B2455 – details of memorial

 

Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index.

Photograph of the HMAT Shropshire A9, Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455 Christian Gisler, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Darling Downs Gazette, 10 May 1916, p4

Gazetteer of the Western Front: Tincourt (photo)

 

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