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Harold Brandon SKERTCHLY

Place of birthBrandon, Suffolk, England
SchoolCarshalton, Surrey and Queen's College, Hong Kong
Age on arrival in Australia13
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationExaminer of patents
Address34 Glenferrie Road, Kew, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinWife, Mrs Katherine G Skertchly, 34 Glenferrie Road, Kew, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed as a Signaller in the Volunteer Artillery, Hong Kong.
Enlistment date9 February 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name14th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 29 March 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularSon of Professor S.B.J. Skertchly, F.G.S., M.A.I., and late of H.M. Geological Surveys of England and Queensland, when he was an assistant before starting as a consulting geologist. A fine horseman and bushman he traced certain outcrops from New South Wales through to Victoria and South Australia, accross the Bight, far north into Western Australia, a most extraordinary piece of exploring. An expert in China and porcelain. A good musician. He was an examiner of patents for the Commonwealth Patents Office and a member of the Board of Examiners for Patents Attorneys. Died of pneumonia and asthena at Heliopolis Hosptial, Cairo on 14 May 1915.
FateDied of disease 15 May 1915
Place of death or woundingHeliopolis, Egypt
Age at death35
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialCairo War Memorial Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 248), Egypt
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Sydney and Josiah SKERTCHLY, "Birriban", Nerang, Queensland; husband of Kathrin SKERTCHLY, 42 Denmark Street, Kew, Melbourne

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