From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||10 Jan 1887|
|Place of Birth||East Grenstead, Sussex, England|
|Death||29 Jul 1916|
|Place of Death||Poziéres, France|
|Age at Enlistment||28 years, 4 months|
5'7" (1.70m) tall ; 139lbs|
63.049 kg; tan complexion ; grey eyes ; fair hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Gosnells, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Uncle , George Pickard|
|Date of Enlistment||11 Mar 1915|
|Unit/Formation||28th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement|
|Date of Embarkation||5 Jun 1915 ‒ ? Jul 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A2 Geelong|
|Fate||KIA 29 Jul 1916 Poziéres|
none as yet |
Australian War Memorial
1914-15 Star |
British War Medal
Harry entered Blackboy Hill camp on 11 Mar 1915 and began his training as a member of the 12th Depot Company. On 23 May 1915 he was allocated to the 1st Reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion, and joined the unit proper in camp near Cairo on 18 Aug 1915. The battalion entrained at Qubba Station for Alexandria on 3 Sep 1915, they boarded HMT Ivernia the afternoon of 4 Sep 1915 and departed for Mudros on the Island of Lemnos where they arrived 7 Sep 1915, before transhipping to HMT Sarnia for the journey to Gallipoli. They were evacuated aboard HMT Osmanieh to Lemnos Island on 12 Dec 1915 with the exception of 18 men who were to be the last to evacuate Anzac Cove.
The battalion returned to Alexandria from Mudros on HMT Ausonia disembarking on 10 Jan 1916.
On 16 Mar 1916 the 28th Battalion re-embarked in Alexandria, this time for Marseilles in France, arriving there on 21 Mar 1916. On 24 Apr 1916 Harry reported to the 7th Australian Field Ambulance with influenza, returning to duty on 28 Apr 1916.
On 29 Jul 1916 the 28th Battalion was tasked with attacking German trenches OG1 and OG2, north of Poziéres. Heavily shelled and cut down by machine gun fire before they advanced, and then again when they reached the unbroken wire in front of the enemy trenches, the ferocity of the enemy opposition was such that while 63 men were killed and 151 were wounded, another 257 were posted as missing, Harry amongst them, during the month. All bar four of those casualties occurred on 29 Jul 1916.
While 31 of the missing were later found to be prisoners of war, that left 226 for whom there was no grave. It was said that in about 15 minutes the 28th had ceased to exist as a battalion.. While some of the missing were wounded and able to be recovered over the next few days, Harry was not amongst them and there is no record of anyone being interviewed about the battle being able to say what had occurred to him.
A Court of Enquiry held on 4 Jan 1917 declared that he had been Killed in Action on 29 Jul 1916.
- The Blue and White Diamond, page 158, Neville Browning, Advance Press