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Harold Edwin ARMITAGE

Place of birthEdsall St, Norwood, South Australia
SchoolHoughton Public School. Adelaide School of Mines, Adelaide High School and Adelaide University.
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSchool House, Millicent, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, Henry James Armitage, Millicent, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed as a Private, Sergeant and Lieutenant in 79th Regiment, Citizen Military Forces, 4th District.
Enlistment date25 March 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name10th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 20 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWas refused permission to resign Commission to enlist as private in 10th Bn August 1914. Joined O.T.S. Brighton December 1914. Passed head of the list - entered Camp at Oaklands, helped train 3rd, 4th and 5th reinforcements to 10[th Bn]. Accepted for service Feb 1915 - left Adelaide with 5/10th April 20th - (in charge). Directo Gallipoli May 30. With 10th till 50th Bn was formed. Took a distinguished and leading part in all actions of 50th in France - and right through his period of active service was never absent for a day from his company except one weeks holiday leave Sept 1916. Chief engagements - all on Gallipoli from June 1st; with 50th [at] Pozieres, Moquet Farm, La Barque, Flers and Noreuil - where he established positions before falling. (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 3 April 1917
Place of death or woundingNoreuil, France
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNoreuil Australian Cemetery (Row C, Grave No. 21), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry and Martha ARMITAGE, Millicent, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrother - Midshipman afterwards Sub Lt G.W.T. Armitage RAN. Served on HMS 'Canada' and 'Torrens' - 1917-18. Torpedoed on transport 'Ballarat', April 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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