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Herbert JAGGER

Regimental number3046
Place of birthCarleton, England
SchoolDevonshire Road Board School
Age on arrival in Australia18
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Jagger, Hawthorne Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Enlistment date14 August 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 5 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularBuried in Jeancourt Mil. Cemetery
FateReturned to Australia 3 December 1918
Age at death25
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Jessie and Frances Harriet JAGGER, 74 Ribble Road, Blackpool, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Takwen on strength, 15th Bn, Moascar, 5 February 1916.

Admitted to No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital, 7 February 1916 (venereal disease); transferred by No 4 Hospital Train to No 1 Australian Dermatolgical Hospital, Abbassia, 9 February 1916; discharged to duty, 10 March 1916; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 33 days.

Rejoined Bn, Serapeum, 2 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 8 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 27 August 1916 (gun shot wound, face and chest), and admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 1 September 1916; to England, 3 September 1916, and admitted to 2nd War Hospital, Northfield, Birmingham, 4 September 1916; discharged, 21 September 1916; taken on strength, No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 23 September 1916.

Granted furlough, 23 September 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 1 October 1916; marched out to No 3 Command Depot, 13 October 1916.

Found guilty, 14 December 1916, of falling out whilst on line of march without permission: awarded 4 days' confined to camp.

Proceeded overseas to France, 29 April 1917; taken on strength, 15th Bn, in the field, 4 May 1917.

Transferred to 4th Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery, 16 July 1917; taken on strength, 17 July 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 29 September 1917 (gastralgia); transferred to 54th General Hospital, Camiers, 29 September 1917; to England, 30 October 1917, and admitted to 2nd Eastern General Hospital, Brighton, 31 October 1917.
SourcesNAA: B2455, JAGGER Herbert

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