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Henry Archibald HORSINGTON

Regimental number3119
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolCatholic School
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationDraughtsman
AddressRoch Street, Arncliffe, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 7"
Weight127 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs S Horsington, corner of Roch and Togo Street, Arncliffe, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2.5 years in the 8th Rifles, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date13 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name Archibald Henry
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 13), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
162
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred adn Sarah HORSINGTON, "Fleur-Baix", Togo Street, Arncliffe, New South Wales. Native of Sydney
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to 56th Bn, Zietoun, 16 February 1916; taken on strength of 56th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

On Command to 14th Brigade Intelligence Department, 14 July 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in field, 24/26 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 1370504: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 3111 Pte A. GARLAND, 56th Bn (patient, Nell Lane Military Hospital, Wesr Didsbury, Manchester, England), 13 September 1916: 'Informant states that on July 20th at Fleurbaix he saw Horsington lying wounded in the leg in a trench, he did not see him again.'

Second statement, 3700 Corporal W. WOOD, B Company, 56th Bn (patient, No 26 General Hospital, Etaples), 12 January 1917: 'He was carrying a message from HQ to the German trench that we had recently taken and were holding, but on the morning of this day we were driven out and he was lost sight of at that time.'

Third statement, 1627 Pte S. CLAYTON, 56th Bn, 13 January 1917: 'On the left side of Flers about 20th July we were holding our first line. We were being heavily shelled. Horsington was a few yds. off me. I saw a shell burst in the bay where he was and he was killed. They took him away but I do not know where he was buried.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HORSINGTON Henry Archibald
Red Cross File No 1370504

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