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Henry Allen MARKLEY

Regimental number2442
Place of birthBombala, New South Wales
SchoolBendock State School, Victoria
AddressBairnsdale, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 4"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Elizabeth Ellen Markley, Main Street, Bairnsdale, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 April 1917
Place of enlistmentSale, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Light Horse Regiment, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/18/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 4 August 1917
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'Work near Hamel on 8th & 9th August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 17 August 1918

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied of pneumonia. He was awarded the Military Medal in September 1918 for carrying despatches under heavy shell fire at Villers-Bretonneux.
FateDied of disease 21 October 1918
Place of death or woundingFrance
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialSt. Sever Cemetery Extension (Block S, Plot II, Row O, Grave No. 19), Rouen, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward adn Mary MARKLEY; husband of Elizabeth MARKLEY, Nicholson Street, Bairnsdale, Victoria. Native of Bombala, New South Wales

Military Medal

'During the operations of the 8th, 9th and 10th August 1918 in front of HAMEL - VILLERS BRETONNEUX, this man acted as runner for the Battery, and owing to his courage and total disregard of personal danger, messages of importance never failed to reach their destination. As it was impossible to maintain telephonic communication with the F.O.O. in front of HARBONNIERES, Gunner MARKLEY went to and from O.P. to Battery across enemy barrage zone with important intelligence as to situation on front. His untiring efforts and devotion to duty are deserving of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 4 August 1917; disembarked Glasgow, Scotland, 2 October 1917; marched into No 1 & 3 Camp, Parkhouse, 3 October 1917.

Transferred to Artillery Details, 6 October 1917, and marched into Reserve Bde Australian Artillery, Heytesbury, the same day.

Proceeded overseas to France, 23 November 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 24 November 1917.

Taken on strength of 14th Field Artillery Bde, in the field, 2 December 1917, and posted to 14th Battery.

Admitted to No 134 Field Ambulance, 12 October 1918, and transferred to No 20 Casualty Clearing Station the same day (pyrexia of unknown origin); to no 5 General Hospital, Rouen, 13 October 1918.

Died, No 5 General Hospital, 21 October 1918 (pneumonia).

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MARKLEY Henry Allen

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