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Chauvel, John Henry Allen    Create Anzac Certificate
Place of Birth: Warwick, QLD, Australia

Service Number: DEPOT

Place of Enlistment: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Next of Kin: Chauvel, Isabella (mother)



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General Henry George (Harry) Chauvel (1865-1945)
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Harry Chauvel was born in Tabulam, New South Wales and educated at Sydney Grammar School and Toowoomba Grammar.
During the Boer War, Chauvel was a captain in the Queensland permanent forces. In July 1914, as a full colonel, he became Australia's representative on the Imperial General Staff in London.
He was commander of the 1st Light Horse Brigade at Gallipoli, taking command of a sector that included Quinn's Post, Courtney's Post,and Steele's Post, each the scene of heavy fighting.
Chauvel later led the New Zealand and Australian Division and 1st Australian Division, being promoted to major general at the end of the campaign.
As the general officer commanding the AIF in 1916, Chauvel helped secure the first decisive British victory of the war when his men defeated the Turks at Romani, stopping their second attempt to reach the Suez.
Chauvel won fame for the mounted charge by the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba. One of his great strengths was his care in keeping losses to a minimum and he is thought to have been well regarded by his men.
In an undated letter to his father from the battle field, one Trooper Ingham wrote: "A chap feels pretty safe under a leader like him. I saw him riding backwards and forwards under heavy fire at Romani…and it seemed he did not know what danger was."
Professor Jeffrey Grey from Australian Defence Force Academy says Chauvel was a Regular Officer who made a major impact on the AIF across the course of the war
"... Chauvel's standing has been dimmed by the relentless burnishing of Monash's reputation. He commanded at corps level for much longer, in mobile and fluid operations, and in a theatre which was frequently starved of necessary resources, and enjoyed the confidence of his British regular counterparts."

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