Henry George Price

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Henry George Price
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Birtwistle Collection
Personal Information
Date of Birth 12 Apr 1882
Place of Birth London, England
Death 6 Sep 1955, aged 74
Place of Death Armadale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 33 years, 1 month
Description 5'5½" (1.66m) tall ; 154 lbs
69.853 kg
; fresh complexion ; hazel eyes ; dark hair
Occupation Sleeper hewer
Religion Church of England
Address Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Margaret Price
Military Information
Reg Number 1085
Date of Enlistment 24 May 1915
Rank Corporal
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, C Company transferred to 22nd Machine Gun Company / 2nd Division
Date of Embarkation 9 Jun 1915 ‒ 30 Jun 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A11 Ascanius
Date of Return 9 Dec 1918 ‒ 15 Jan 1919
Ship Returned On SS Leicestershire
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Armadale War Memorial (West Armadale panel)
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal




Pre War

In England he had spent 2 years 4 months as a member of the 4th Middlesex Volunteers before serving in the South African Constabulary during and after the Boer War (6 years 10 months).

Henry married Margaret Victoria Fowler in the Canning district in 1914.

Electoral Roll entries -1910, Armadale, gardener

War Service

Entering Blackboy Hill camp, Henry was allocated to the 7th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion, but then transferred to C Company of the 28th Battalion, being raised at that time for overseas service.

He served with the 28th Battalion at Gallipoli, arriving there with them on 10 Sep 1915 aboard the HMT Ivernia via Lemnos Island where they had transferred to the HMT Sarnia for the journey from Mudros harbour to Anzac Cove. While on Gallipoli he was promoted Lance Corporal on 18 Oct 1915 & Temporary Corporal on 10 Dec 1915.

Returned to Egypt via Mudros on HMT Ausonia 7 - 10 Jan 1916 where his promotion to Corporal was confirmed at Tel-el-Kebir on 5 Feb 1916.

Travelled to France with the 28th Battalion aboard HMAT A32 Themistocles, arriving in Marseilles on 21 Mar 1916, and was attached to the Anzac Kit Base. On 30 Jun 1916 he is detached to the 2nd Australia General Hospital for a fortnight and then moved to England briefly to join the Anzac Base Detachment before proceeding overseas to Étaples in France on 17 Aug 1916.

Transferred to the 22nd Machine Gun Company on 20 Apr 1917 and in July attended the Machine Gun Training Depot in Grantham, England where he remained as part of their training staff before being one of the first to be sent home.

Returned to Australia as an invalid (bunion), and Discharged 5th Military District 15 May 1919.


"... Fought in Gallipoli; took part in the evacuation; was promoted to corporal; now serving in France. He also served in the Boer War."[1]

Post War

The only one out of five members of the family who served overseas that came home. Two brothers and two nephews died in France.

He also served as a Private (W28697) in the 76 Dental Unit in WW2 from 11 Oct 1940 until 5 Feb 1947, aged 61.

Total service in all theatres 19 years 5 months.

Electoral Roll entries - 1916 - 31 Maggie is in Tenth road, Armadale, 1925 a farmer in Armadale. 1936 - 1954 in Fifth road, Armadale.

Maggie died 18 Jun 1960 aged 70.

Notes

References

  1. "The Drill of the Foot-Hills" (PDF) (1917). Western Australia. Mar 1917. p. 10. Retrieved 16 May 2017 – via State Library of Western Australia. 

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