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Herbert Ernest Edward CAREY

Regimental number3052
Place of birthRedfern, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFitters labourer
Address11 Cowper Street, Glebe, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 4.5"
Weight143 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Carey, 11 Cowper Street, Glebe, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 August 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3052A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularEnlisted 13 September 1915 - 20th Bn 7th Reinforcements; taken on strength 56th Bn 16 February 1916.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 13), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to, and proceeded to 56th Bn from 5th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916.

Taken on strength of 56th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Admitted to No 14 Field Ambulance, and transferred to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Ferry Post, 14 April 1916 (chronic dyspepsia); to No 15 Field Ambulance, Ferry Post, 17 April 1916 (neurasthenia); discharged to unit, 18 April 1916; rejoined 56th Bn, Ferry Post, 19 April 1916.

Found guilty, 5 May 1916, of disobeying an order of a NCO: awarded 2 days' Field Punishment No 2.

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

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 24/25 July 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 0690303, 3133 Bombardier G.R. MURRAY, 12 Mobile Battery (patient, No 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Outreau, Boulogne), 10 April 1917: 'We were at Fleurbaix. I saw him blown to pieces by a shell. There were two brothers. I knew them both quite well. Both were killed side by side. The brother's name was Tim.'

Second statement, 3874 Pte F.T. ROGERS, C Company, 56th Bn, (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 6 February 1917: 'He was killed during the charge on July 19th at Fromelles. Only the machine gunners of C. Co. went over on the 19th. [A] stretcher bearer told me that he saw him lying dead ... It as impossible to shift the dead. There were too many.'

Third statement, 963 Pte W. WILSON, C Company, 56th Bn, 21 May 1919: 'The abovenamed soldier was a particular friend of mine ... we were on outpost together at Flers (beyond Bapaume) when an enemy H.E. Shell (sic) burst close by. Pte Carey was badly wounded and died immediately. The Btn. Chaplain read the Burial Service and buried him on the outskirts of Flers. I do not know if a cross was erected.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, CAREY Herbert Ernest Edward
Red Cross File No 0690303

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