Henry ELPHICK

ELPHICK, Henry

Service Number: 2011
Enlisted: 30 October 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 11th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Wallaroo, South Australia, September 1897
Home Town: Wallaroo, Copper Coast, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Natural causes, Adelaide, South Australia, 24 September 1932
Cemetery: AIF Cemetery, West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
Memorials: Wallaroo St Mary The Virgin Anglican Church Memorial Certificate, Wallaroo WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

30 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2011, Adelaide, South Australia
10 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2011, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2011, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Warilda, Adelaide
21 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Driver, SN 2011, 11th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served

2011 Driver Henry Elphick of Wallaroo, South Australia had been employed as a clerk when he enlisted for War Service on the 30th of October 1915 and was allocated to reinforcements for the 3rd Light Horse Regiment 1st AIF.

Henry was shipped to Egypt and further training, departing Australia on the 10th of February 1916 and shortly after his arrival he was transferred from the Light Horse over to the 4th Division Artillery, and was embarked for France as reinforcements on the 7th of June.

After Henry’s arrival in France on the 15th of June he was taken on strength with the 4th Divisional Ammunition Column on the 25th of June, before being again re-posted when he joined the 11th Field Artillery Brigade by the 8th of August. Aside a short spell of sickness, Henry’s service in the field would be continuous until he was sent to the United Kingdom on furlogh during August 1917.

Following a bout of illness whilst on leave Henry was sent to the Overseas Training Brigade on the 5th of October, and he remained in England until he was returned to France, to eventually re-join his Unit, on the 8th of November. Henry remained on duty in Northern France and following the signing of the Armistice on the 11th of November 1918, he was sent back to England to begin his repatriation back to Australia, departing for his return home on the 1st of May 1919.

After having returned to Australia Henry received his official Discharge from the 1st AIF on the 21st of July and was re-entered back into civilian life. Henry’s untimely death at the age of 35 occurred on the 24th of September 1932 and following his passing he was formally laid to rest within West Terrace Cemetery, South Australia.

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