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Herbert William MULLARKEY

Regimental number1588
Place of birthDarlington, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolLewisham High School, Sydney, New South Wales
Other trainingSchool Teacher, NSW Education Dept.
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationClerk
AddressAvoca, Station Street, Kogarah, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27.7
Height5' 9"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs E Mullarkey, Avoca, Station Street, Kogarah, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 September 1914
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name4th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWell known St George NSW Amateur Athlete and Rugby Union Footballer.
FateKilled in Action 18 August 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Name entered as Hubert William MULLARKEY on Nominal Roll.
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records29
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
41
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Fredrick and Elizabeth MULLARKEY, KogarAh, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 650 Pte Clarence MULLARKEY, 2nd Bn, returned to Australia, 11 March 1916; 2nd LT Nial Joseph MULLARKEY, 1st Bn, killed in action, 5 November 1916; Lance Corporal Kevin Vincent MULLARKEY, 20th Bn, returned to Australia, 22 February 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined Bn at Gallipoli, 26 May 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Appointed Company Sergeant Major, 1 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916.

Found guilty, 2 June 1916, of overstaying leave, 25 to 30 May 1916: reprimanded, and forfeited 6 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Killed in action, 18 August 1916.

Buried between Pozieres and Mouquet Farm; grave subsequently lost.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MULLARKEY Herbert William

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