Harold Thomas JELBART

Regimental number5673
Place of birthParkes, New South Wales
AddressPenryn, Trewilga, via Parkes, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 8.25"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Jelbart, Trewilga, via Parkes, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 January 1916
Place of enlistmentParkes, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 9 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 12 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 7 July 1919

Military Medal

'On 5th June 1918 at MORLANCOURT near ALBERT, this man was in charge of a Lewis Gun team out on patrol about 2 a.m. Suddenly the enemy opened a heavy barrage on our front line and he immediately occupied a shell hole with his Lewis Gun and crew. Next he noticed a party of about 50 of the enemy advancing over No Man's Land. He opened heavy fire on them at close range inflicting heavy casualties, and his initiative was responsible for disorganising the enemy attack and preventing it reaching our wire.'

Discharge date23 October 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 9 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 26 October 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 December 1919; taken on strength, 19th Bn, in the field, 18 December 1916.

On leave to England, 21 December 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 17 January 1918.

Awarded Military Medal.

Transferred to 17th Bn, 11 Occtober 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 22 December 1918; rejoined Bn from leave, 14 January 1919.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 9 May 1919; marched in to No 2 Group, Sutton Veny, 17 May 1919.

Found guilty, Sutton Veny, 12 June 1919, of being absent without leave from 2359, 4 June, to 1140, 12 June 1919: awarded forfeiture of 8 days' pay; total forfeiture: 16 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Chemnitz', 7 July 1919; disembarked sydney, 8 September 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Sydney, 23 October 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsAddress entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as Penvyn, Grewilga.
Date of death30 March 1996
Age at death98
SourcesNAA: B2455, JELBART Harold Thomas