The AIF Project

Harry HERLIHY

Regimental number7257
Place of birthHamilton, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSaddler
AddressHamilton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, M Herlihy, Stephen Street, Hamilton, Victoria
Enlistment date23 May 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name14th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/5
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 19 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 June 1919
Miscellaneous information from
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Photo: Kent Fedorowich
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry at HAMEL WOOD, south east of CORBIE on 4th July, 1918. Acting as Company runner he proved fearless and indefatigable in his duties. At one stage he carried an important message to the troops of the Battalion on our left all the time being under heavy machine gun fire from a strong point on the ridge. As a result of his message and his personal observation they were enabled to encircle and silence the enemy guns. Throughout the operations he continually ran the barrage with messages showing complete disregard for his own safety.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death29 June 1955
Age at death56
Place of burialDeniliquin Cemetery, New South Wales

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