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Ormond HARLAND

Regimental number253
Place of birthNewry Street, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
Other trainingAccountancy
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationClerk
AddressTennyson Street, Sandringham
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 8"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinP Harland, Tennyson Street, Sandringham
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name29th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingArmentieres, France
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration details V.C. Corner (Panel No 1), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
115
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred and Cecilia HARLAND, 'Rosemont', 23 Wentworth Avenue, Canterbury, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 10 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Promoted to Sergeant, Tel el Kebir, 10 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 19/20 July 1916.

Placed on Supernumerary List of NCOs, 20 October 1916.

Previous report of wounded, now, 20 December 1916, to be reported as 'Wounded and Missing, 19/20 July 1916'.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1270407, 1985 Pte E.J. CAMP, A Company, 29th Bn (patient, 5th Southern General Hospital, Portsmouth, England), 7 December 1916: 'Informant states that he was with Sgt. Harland, A. Coy., when they went over at daybreak, July 19th 1916 on the Grenelles (?) (sic) Front. Harland was wounded just outside the German parapet. Informant wanted to stay and help him, but Harland told him to go on. Informant went on a few steps but was wounded himself and as he turned he saw a shell pitch close to Harland and blow him to pieces.'

Second statement, Lt A.J. Amistie, A/Adjutant, 29th Bn, 28 December 1916: '... Sgt. Harland was wounded on the night of 19/20th July last, and was taken to Advanced Dressing Station. Since that date no word has been received by this Battalion of his whereabouts.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARLAND Ormond
Red Cross file 1270407

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