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Herbert Dunbar Cousens

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Herbert Dunbar Cousens
Cousens Herbert Dunbar 1.jpg
Sunday Times 3 Dec 1916, page 6
Personal Information
Date of Birth not known
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Place of Birth Rutherglen, Victoria
Death 2 Jun 1965
Place of Death Harvey, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 27 years, 5 months
Description 5'7" (1.70m) tall ; 198 lbs
89.811 kg
; dark complexion ; hazel eyes ; black hair
Occupation Engine driver
Religion Church of England
Address Bush Landing, Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Ruby Pearl Cousens
Military Information
Reg Number 4995
Date of Enlistment 8 Mar 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement, / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division transferred to Postal Corps 19 Jan 1919
Date of Embarkation 18 Jul 1916 ‒ 9 Sep 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A48 Seang Bee
Date of Return 19 Apr 1919 ‒ 28 May 1919
Ship Returned On SS Sardinia
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

Married Ruby Perl Pratt in 1916 prior to embarking for England. Electoral Roll entries - 1916 with Ruby at Bush Landing, Jarrahdale.

War Service

Four weeks after entering camp, Herbert was allocated to the 13th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion. Travelling with them to England, on arrival he was sent to the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone.

On 2 Nov 1916 he proceeded overseas to Étaples in France aboard SS Princess Henriette from Folkestone, and on 18 Nov 1916 he was taken on strength by the 28th Battalion as they were being replaced in the line by the 18th Battalion, and as they moved to Fricourt Camp.

Detached to serve with the 557th Sussex A.T. on 4 Oct 1917, before being attached to the Corps Workshop detachment of the Australian Royal Engineers on 20 May 1918. On 19 Jan 1919 Herbert was permanently detached to the Australian Postal Corps Headquarters.

On 27 Mar 1919 he embarked for England and on 11 Apr 1919 he was transferred to the No.2 Command Group at Sutton Veny.

Discharged by 5th Military District on 12 Jul 1919

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1922 - 1937 at Mornington Mills a winch driver while Ruby was at Marrinup; 1925 Ruby moved to Mornington Mills; 1943 - 1958 at Ash avenue Harvey, engine driver.

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