• Lancelot Eldin De Mole

Army / Flying Corps
  • 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Private

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  • Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG/DCMG)
  • Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Enlistment - WW1

    Adelaide CBD, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia

  • Birth

    35 Albert Street, Mitcham SA 5062, Australia
    Saturday, 13 March 1880

  • Embarked HMAT Aeneas, Melbourne.

    Port Melbourne VIC, Australia
    Tuesday, 30 October 1917

  • Admitted to hospital on board HMAT Aeneas.

    Saturday, 22 December 1917

  • Discharged from hospital on board HMAT Aeneas.

    Monday, 24 December 1917

  • Disembarked from HMAT Aeneas, Devonport, UK.

    Devonport, UK.
    Thursday, 27 December 1917

  • Admitted to Sutton Veny Hospital, UK.

    Sutton Veny, Warminster, Wiltshire, UK
    Thursday, 3 January 1918

  • Discharged from Sutton Veny Hospital, UK.

    Sutton Veny, Warminster, Wiltshire, UK
    Saturday, 12 January 1918

  • Left Dover, UK for France.

    Dover, Kent, UK
    Monday, 1 April 1918

  • Arrived at unit in the field in France.

    Tuesday, 9 April 1918

  • Admitted to hospital with influenza in the field.

    Wednesday, 19 June 1918

  • Discharged to duty in Trouville, France.

    26-34 Rue Georges Clemenceau, 14360 Trouville-sur-Mer, France
    Friday, 9 August 1918

  • Disembarked at Southampton, UK and proceeded to Weymouth with intention of return to Australia.

    Southampton, England
    Tuesday, 10 December 1918

  • Reported AWL.

    Friday, 27 December 1918

  • AWL report found to be in error.

    Thursday, 16 January 1919

  • Dispatched from the 10th Battalion at AIF Headquarters to Australian Munition Works Branch, Littlemoor, Kensington. Attached to duty with Australian Munition Works Branch and promoted to Corporal.

    Kensington, London, UK
    Tuesday, 21 January 1919

Stories and comments
    • Designs and inventions
    • Posted by NAAadmin, Monday, 28 July 2014

    The war provided an opportunity for inventors and engineers to promote their designs for improved weapons, artillery and transport. Lancelot Eldin de Mole, a draughtsman born in South Australia, had submitted to the Patent Office a design for an improved telephone exchange in 1902. In 1911 he developed a design for a ‘tracked fighting device’, a precursor to what we now know as a tank. When the Australian government showed little interest, he submitted the idea to the British War Office in 1912. The Office eventually asked to see a model and he had one constructed, but unable to afford to travel overseas, in 1917 he joined the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and took the model with him to Britain. While his model was considered, de Mole went to France with the 10th Battalion, and from early 1919 to the ammunition workers’ depot at AIF Headquarters, London. Meanwhile a different, British design had been developed into the tanks used in the war’s late stages. De Mole’s innovative work was however recognised on receiving a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). He returned to Australia, became an engineer for the Sydney Water Board, and continued with inventions for various mechanical devices, but none were ever manufactured. He died in 1950.

    • Tribute
    • Posted by Mariasmith, Sunday, 28 May 2017

    May Lancelot Eldin De Mole rest in peace. Indeed he was a talented young man whose inventions helped more than anyone could imagine. We shall not forget his contributions to the war and his bravery.