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Herbert James KING

Regimental number4816
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
OccupationSchool teacher
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, J S King, Kaukapakapa, Auckland, New Zealand
Previous military serviceServed in the Territorial Force, New Zealand.
Enlistment date10 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*date of fate 19th to 20th
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 10), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph and Sarah KING. Native of Kaukapakapa, North Auckland, New Zealand
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 54th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

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

Killed in action, 19/20 July 1916.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1520106, 4799 Pte F.N. HOBSON, 54th Bn (patient, 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, Kent, England), 26 April 1917: 'I was with him in a raid on front German trenches 19th July and saw him killed instantaneously by a shell. Of course he had to be left there.'

Note on file: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, KING Herbert James
Red Cross file 1520106

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