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Herbert Alexander AFFLECK

Regimental number871
Place of birthWilcannia, New South Wales
SchoolArmadale State School, Victoria
OccupationArchitect's pupil
Address16 Sutherland Road, Armadale, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 7"
Weight146 lbs
Next of kinFather, Alex. J Affleck, Maroon Station, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the 52nd (Victorian Scottish) Regiment, Citizen Military Forces, in Melbourne.
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll19 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 2, Battery 4
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A9 Shropshire on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Artillery Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHis Commanding Officer said 'he was a good man and had he lived would have received a decoration' as he was helping wounded men out of the trench when killed. (details from mother)
FateKilled in Action 17 August 1917
Place of death or woundingYpres, Belgium
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialReninghelst New Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row B, Grave No. 21), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Rebecca Lily and Alexander J. AFFLECK, Glen Avon, Pine Grove, Malvern, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 5036 Gunner William Lindsay AFFLECK, 14th Bn, returned to Australia, 1 July 1919; Cousin: 6838A Pte Henry Blake MILLER, 24th Bn, killed in action, 5 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 8 April 1915.

Wounded in action, 6 August 1915; rejoined unit, 8 August 1915.

Transferred to Rest Camp, Lemnos, 15 September 1915; rejoined unit, Gallipoli, 6 October 1915.

Admitted to 24th Casualty Clearing Station Convalescent Depot, Mudros, 10 December 1915; transferred to 16th Stationary Hospital, 15 December 1915 (appendicitis); transferred to Military Hospital, Cottoniera, Malta, 14 January 1916 (pneumonia); transferred to Convalescent Camp, Ghain Tuffieta, 22 February 1916.

Taken on strength, 23rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 March 1916.

Admitted to 6th Stationary Hospital, Havre, 4 April 1916 (not yet diagnosed); discharged to Base Depot, 21 May 1916.

Transferred to 21st Field Artillery Brigade, 16 June 1916, and posted to 23rd Battery.

Promoted Temporary Bombardier, 29 August 1916; Bombardier, 1 November 1916; Corporal, 1 November 1916.

Transferred to 1st Field Artillery Brigade, 24 January 1917.

Appointed Temporary Sergeant, 21 July 1917.

Killed in action, 17 August 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, AFFLECK Herbert Alexander

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