Herbert Bowen HAMLIN

Place of birthPanmure, Auckland, New Zealand
SchoolSt John's College, Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney Grammar School, New South Wales
Age on arrival in Australia25
OccupationSurveyor's assistant
Address10 Wroxton Terrace, Fendalton, Christchurch, New Zealand
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Jane Bowen Hamlin, Panmure, Auckland, New Zealand
Previous military serviceServed as Lt, 25th Light Horse Regiment, Western Australia; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date28 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name10th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/15/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board Transport A52 Surada on 17 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order

Refers 20 September-1 October 1918.

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No 31938 (11 June 1920); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 72 (2 September 1920).

FateDied of disease 30 May 1919
Place of death or woundingEgypt
Age at death33
Place of burialIsmailia War Memorial Cemetery (Row C, Grave No. 28), Egypt
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary HAMLIN; husband of Mary HAMLIN, Rectory, Albany, Western Australia

Distinguished Service Order

'At Gisr Benat Yakub, on the 27th September, 1918, after forcing the ford, he led his squadron in the face of heavy fire, and charged against the enemy's position, which he captured after a severe melee. He displayed great courage and dash, and throughout set a magnificent example to his command. Fifty enemy, with three machine guns and two field guns, were captured.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920