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Herbert Edward Grant STAPLES

Regimental number1614
Place of birthClifton, Somerset, England
SchoolSussex Street, Wilfrids, Haywards Heath, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCabinet maker
Address90 Doncaster Avenue, Kensington, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Grace Staples, 1 St John's Mews, First Avenue, Hove, Sussex, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateDied of wounds 20 April 1918
Place of death or woundingVillers-Bretonneux, France
Age at death28
Age at death from cemetery records28
Place of burialNamps-Au-Val British Cemetery (Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 23), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Herbert Jonas and Elizabeth Grace STAPLES, 7 South Cliff Garage, Silverdale Road, Eastbourne, England. Native of Clifton, England

Military Medal

'On the night of 16th September, 1916, during a raid on the enemy trenches by a party of the 30th Battalion, 8th Infantry Brigade, Lance Corporal STAPLES, who was in charge of a Scouting party, went out before our artillery bombardment and cleared away a quantity of wire so as to give our raiding party a clear approach. For several nights prior to the raid Lance Corporal STAPLES too his Scouts out over "NO MAN'S LAND", reconnoitring the ground, frequently entering the enemy's wire and approaching closely his parapet.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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