Paul Henzell Hemy

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Personal Information
Date of Birth unknown
Place of Birth Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northumberland, England
Death 19 Feb 1958
Place of Death Kelmscott, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 35 years, 2 months
Description 5'3½" (1.61 m) tall; weight 124 lbs (56.2 kg); fresh complexion, dark brown eyes, dark hair
Occupation storeman
Religion Roman Catholic
Address 1183 Hay Street, West Perth, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife Mrs Margaret Isabel Hemy
Military Information
Reg Number 5024
Date of Enlistment 6 Mar 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 13th Reinforcement / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division
Date of Embarkation 18 Jul 1916 - 9 Sep 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A48 Seang Bee
Date of Return 16 Jun 1919 - 24 Jul 1919
Ship Returned On RMS Ormonde
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal


Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1916 at 1183 Hay street, storeman

War Service

A month after enlisting Paul was allocated to the 13th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion. After early training in WA his draft was shipped to England to complete their training on the Salisbury Plain.

On 2 Nov 1916 he was judged to be ready for front line service and he proceeded overseas to France on the SS Princess Henriette from Folkestone.

On arrival he passed through depot units before he was taken on strength of the 28th Battalion on 18 Nov 1916 as they are being replaced in the front line.

On 17 Jan 1917 he was taken to the 5th General Hospital in Rouen from the 36th Casualty Clearing Station with conjunctivitis, and was embarked in Le Havre on the HS Lanfranc for England. On arrival in England, he was admitted to a Voluntary Aid hospital in Cheltenham, and following treatment he was given furlough before reporting for further duty in France. However he spent 5 months with the 70th Battalion in Wareham, including a week long stint in Fovant hospital due to a sprained ankle, before he returned to France via Southampton.

On 23 Oct 1917 he was again a member of the 28th Battalion and he remained with them until he returned to Australia, although he did enjoy another leave break in the UK during late Oct 1918.

At the time of the Armistice the battalion was resting and rebuilding in the small village of Berteaucourt, north-west of Amiens. Soon after the Armistice the 28th Battalion and the rest of the Australian 7th Brigade is initially earmarked as part of the British 4th Army to relocate to Coblenz as part of the Army of Occupation. They began their move on 23 Nov 1918, travelling through Amiens and Peronne by train, and then marched via stops at Busigny, Ribeauville, Grand Fayt, Beaufort, and Cousolre into Belgium. At this point it was decided that the Australian troops would not proceed into Germany, but wait in Belgium for their return to Australia, with the 28th Battalion basing itself in Marcinelle, some 2 miles from the large industrial city of Charleroi.[1]

Discharged by 5th Military District 7 Sep 1919.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1919 152 Hill street, Fremantle, storeman; 1922 carter for Standard Bakery, Wittenoom street, Collie; 1931 an engineer at Holden road, Roleystone; 1936 -1937 a conveyor belt attendant at Canning Dam; 1943 - 1954 same job but has moved to River road, Kelmscott

Margaret Isabel died 9 Apr 1973 in Thornlie.

Notes

Worker on the construction of the Canning Dam, who remained in the district.

  1. The 28th Battalion AIF - A Record of War Service. Henry K. Kahn. Hesperian Press.

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