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Herbert Arthur LINDSAY

Regimental number3789
Place of birthToowoomba, Queensland
SchoolState School, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPainter
Addressc/o Mrs Lindsay, Jeffrey Street, Godfrey Estate, Toowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 11"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs M.E. Lindsay, Jeffrey Street, Godfrey Estate, Toowoomba, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 August 1915
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 30 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 July 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death26.7
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian 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
76
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Mary LINDSAY, Campbell Street, Toowoomba, Queensland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 15th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 6 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 8 August 1916; admitted to No 4 Australian Field Ambulance, 5 August 1916 (abrasions, legs and hands); transferred to No 12 General Hospital, Rouen, 10 August 1916; to England, 15 August 1916; to Lord Derby War Hospital, Warrington, 16 August 1916 (gunshot wound, thigh); to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 17 November 1916; discharged, 1 December 1916, and marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, the same day.

Transferred to 69th Bn, 23 March 1917; taken on strength of 69th Bn, Wareham, 26 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France from Infantry Draft Depot, 29 April 1917; marched into 4th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, 30 April 1917.

Proceeded to unit, 3 May 1917; taken on strength of 15th Bn, in the field, 4 May 1917.

Promoted Lance Corporal, 14 May 1917.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 24 July 1917.

Wounded in action (2nd occasion), 27 September 1917, and reverts to the rank of Lance Corporal on being evacuated; admitted to No 1 South African Field Ambulance, 27 September 1917 (shrapnel wound, knee); transferred to No 32 Casualty Clearing Station, 27 September 1917; to No 11 General Hospital, Camiers, 27 September 1917; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, Trouville, 7 October 1917; to No 13 Convalescent Depot, 10 October 1917; discharged, 28 December 1917; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, 29 December 1917.

Proceeded to unit, Le Havre, 31 December 1917; rejoined unit, 2 January 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 30 January 1918; rejoined unit, 15 February 1918.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 3 February 1918.

Promoted Corporal, 26 April 1918.

Killed in action, 4 July 1918.

Note on B.103, 'buried at D.15 d 88 Sheet 62d'.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, LINDSAY Herbert Arthur

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