Herbert James Reed

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Herbert James Reed
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Western Mail 23 Feb 1917, page 31
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Personal Information
Date of Birth c1892
Place of Birth Warracknabeal, Victoria
Death 13 Sep 1969
Place of Death Subiaco, Western Australia.
Age at Enlistment 23 years, 9 months
Description 5'6½" (1.69m) tall ; 126lbs
57.153 kg
; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; light brown hair
Occupation Farm hand
Religion Methodist
Address East Brookton, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr George Reed
Military Information
Reg Number 2980
Date of Enlistment 5 May 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 48th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement, posted to B Company.
Date of Embarkation 9 Nov 1916 ‒ 10 Jan 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A8 Argyllshire Fremantle to Devonport
Date of Return 15 Feb 1918 ‒ 8 Apr 1918
Ship Returned On SS Llanstephan Castle
Fate WIA 15 Jul 1917
WIA 12 Oct 1017 Passchendaele
Returned to Australia - medical
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Gosnells Ward Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal



Pre War

Electoral Roll entries: 1915 - 1916 Brookton, farm labourer;

War Service

Herbert entered Blackboy Hill camp on 5 May 1916 and was initially allocated to the 4th reinforcement draft for the 44th Battalion. However, on 3 Oct 1916 this was changed to the 7th draft for the 48th Battalion.

On arrival in England Herbert was sent to the 12th Training Battalion at Camp 14 in Codford to refine his skills for service on the Western Front. On 29 Feb 1917 he then proceeded overseas to France via Southampton, and entered the 4th Division's Base Depot at Le Have the next day. Herbert was taken on strength by the 48th Battalion on 21 Jun 1917 who were rebuilding after a time in the line, at Clairmarias, well back from the front lines.

At 9:30pm on 15 Jul 1917 a 48th Battalion working party was moving along a road when it was on the receiving end of a heavy enemy bombardment that killed 2 men and injured 7 others, two severely. Herbert was one of those wounded, and was treated by the 13th Australian Field Ambulance early on 16 Jul 1917. He was passed to the 4th Australian Field Ambulance who then cared for him until 28 Jul 1917, treating him for a shell wound to his heel. They released him to the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station. Placed on an Ambulance Train for the 15th Casualty Clearing Station where he spent 38 Jul to 1 Aug 1917, before being deemed fit enough to rejoin his unit.

On 12 Oct 1917 Herbert, (along with his brother Ernest William) was amongst the 371 casualties from 621 members of the battalion that participated in the attack, in atrocious conditions, on Passchendaele. Like Ernest he was treated by the 4th New Zealand Field Ambulance before being admitted to the 7th Canadian Stationary Hospital at Le Havre on 13 Oct 1917. On 21 Oct 1917 Herbert was evacuated to England, where on 22 Oct 1917 he was admitted to the Graylingwell War Hospital in Chichester with a gun shot wound below his right elbow. Released to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford on 19 Nov 1917, he was discharged by them on 5 Dec 1917 to No.3 Command Depot at Hurdcott.

Over the next month he was reclassified as his body repaired, but was sent home early as it was felt he would need 6 months or more to be fit to return to the front lines. Admitted to the 8th Australian General Hospital on arrival in Fremantle he was released the day before his discharge which occurred at the 5th Military District on 3 Oct 1918.

Post War

Herbert Married Elizabeth May Oats on 8 Aug 1920 (1896 - 1994). Sons Norman Herbert (1921 - 2008); and Harold Leslie (1924 - 1996)

Electoral Roll entries: 1925 - 1937 at 118 Barker road, Subiaco, bootmaker; 1943 Garrity street, Tambellup, linesman; 1949 - 1963 at 118 Barker road, Subiaco, linesman

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