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Regimental number2686
Place of birthSouth Melbourne, Victoria
SchoolDorcas Street State School, South Melbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address214 Ferrars Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 4.75"
Weight137 lbs
Next of kinFather, H Windley, 214 Ferrars Street, South Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years as Lieutenant, Senior Cadets (Area 52); 1 year in 52nd Bn, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date14 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner, Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Harry and Cornelia May WINDLEY
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6472 Pte Edwin Ernest WINDLEY, 23rd Bn, returned to Australia, 7 July 1919; Cousins: 6905 Pte Richard Ely WINDLEY, 23rd Bn, returned to Australia, 23 January 1919; 6477 Corporal William Dean WINDLEY, 23rd Bn, returned to Australia, 24 January 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Admitted to Anzac Advanced Base, Mudros, 18 November 1915; joined Bn, Sarpi Camp, Lemnos, 20 November 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Admitted to 2nd Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 21 January 1916 (pleurisy); transferred to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station, 22 January 1916; to No 2 Australian General Hospital, Cairo, 23 January 1916; to A&NZ Convalescent Camp, 3 February 1916; discharged to Overseas Base. Giza, 25 February 1916; rejoined Bn, Seapeum, 5 March 1916.

Admitted to 4th Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 18 March 1916 (mumps: mild); discharged to Australian Base, Mustapha, 1 April 1916 (enteric).

Transferred to 58th Bn, and taken on strength, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Transferred to 60th Bn, 2 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing in action, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2991107: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFather's address (1916) Foden Street, West Brunswick, Victoria; (1917): 52 Brunswick Road, Est Brunswick, Vicoria
SourcesNAA: B2455, WINDLEY Harry
Red Cross File No 2991107

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