Henry Herbert Markham
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||2 Sep 1899|
|Place of Birth||Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia|
|Death||27 Oct 1963, aged 63|
|Place of Death||Bentley, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||18 years, 6 months|
5'6" (1.68m) tall ; 126lbs|
57.153 kg; dark complexion ; grey eyes ; dark hair
|Address||Royal street, Kenwick, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr George Alfred Markham|
|Date of Enlistment||13 Mar 1918|
|Unit/Formation||Western Australia Reinforcement 3|
|Date of Embarkation||29 Oct 1918 ‒ 12 Dec 1918|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A36 Boonah troopship recalled|
|Fate||Did not reach England before war ended|
|Medals||British War Medal|
On 226 Mar 1917 enlisted for the first time claiming to be 18 years old, and after three weeks at Blackboy Hill camp was allocated to the No 5 District Guard. However, on 3 Aug 1917 he was exposed as being under age, and was discharged.
Entered camp again on 29 Mar 1918 and 0n 10 Apr 1918 was allocate dot the 2nd Western Australian Reinforcements. On 10 May 1918, however, he was transferred out to the Camp Details Depot, where for a period (9 Aug - 10 Sep 1918) he was an Acting Lance Corporal. On 11 Sep 1918 he transferred to the 3rd General Reinforcement group from WA for 1918, completed his training with them and set sail for England, only to have the ship recalled mid Indian Ocean when the armistice was declared.
However, having left our shores, he was entitled to the British War Medal. Discharged by the 5th Military District 17 Jan 1919
In 1935 Henry married Hettie Hazel. Hettie died 24 Dec 1962 in Bentley ages 65.
Electoral Roll entries: 1931 Albany road, Victoria Park, labourer; 1936 - 1937 at 977 Albany road, Victoria Park, poultry farmer with Hettie described as a store keeper; 1954 - 1963 at 5 Mitchell street Bentley Park, labourer.