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Herbert HUMPHREYS

Regimental number1642
Place of birthShere, Guildford, Surrey, England
SchoolShere School, England
Age on arrival in Australia16
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSailor
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 5.75"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Maud Humphreys, 250 High Street, Sutton, Surrey, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 December 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 15), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
167
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Charlotte HUMPHREYS; husband of M. HUMPHREYS, 1 Holmwood Villas, Gander Green Lane, Sutton, Surrey, England. Native of Shere, Surrey, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 April 1915.

Wounded, 8 May 1915 (gun shot wound, upper extremities); admitted to No 16 Stationary Hospital, Lemnos, 9 May 1915; discharged, 19 May 1915; rejoined Bn at Gallipoli, 28 May 1915.

Admitted to No 3 Field Ambulance Advanced Dressing Station, 31 August 1915; transferred to Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 1 September 1915; to Alexandria, 1 September 1915, and admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, 5 September 1915 (dysentery); to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, 5 September 1915; to A&NZ Convalescent Hospital, Helouan, 30 September 1915; discharged, 14 November 1915.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 26 March 1916; taken on strength, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, Hog's Back, 10 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1916, pronounced fate as 'Killed in action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume Buried in No Man's Land approx at 5J90.43 to 5K0251 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'.

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

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