|Place of birth||Port Melbourne, Victoria|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Victoria|
|School||State School, victoria|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||14 Pirie Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||21|
|Next of kin||Father, William Ainsworth, Ajana, Northampton, Western Australia|
|Previous military service||Served in the School Cadets and in 86th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Kalgoorlie, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||28th Battalion, A Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/45/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia,|
|30 Officers and 982 Other Ranks embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A11 'Ascanius' on 29 June 1915; 12 others embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A36 'Thirty-Six' on 12 July 1916. From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish the latter 12.|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||28th Battalion|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Pozieres, France|
|Age at death from cemetery records||22|
|Commemoration details||Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.
The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.
On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.
After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: William and the late Jemma Ann AINSWORTH, 76 Sewell Street, Fremantle, Western Australia|
|Family/military connections||Brother: 1451 Pte Jack AINSWORTH, 16th Bn, killed in action, 2 May 1915.|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Embarked Al;exandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 September 1915.
Admitted to 13th Casualty Clearing Station, 20 November 1915 (jaundice); transferred by HS 'Delta' to Alexandria, 21 November 1915; admitted to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 26 November 1915; taken on strength, Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 10 December 1915; returned to duty, and rejoined Bn, Tel el Kebir, 10 January 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 21 March 1916.
Killed in action, 29 July 1916.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, AINSWORTH Herbert James|