Herbert William (Herb) HARLEY

HARLEY, Herbert William

Service Number: 116
Enlisted: 9 October 1915, Lismore, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 42nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Bungabbee, New South Wales, Australia, 26 August 1891
Home Town: Lismore, Lismore Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Bungabbee Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 3 July 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Messines Ridge British Cemetery
Plot I - Row C - Grave 48,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brisbane 42nd Infantry Battalion AIF Roll of Honour, Lismore & District Memorial Honour Roll, Rock Valley & District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 116, Lismore, New South Wales
5 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 116, 42nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Borda embarkation_ship_number: A30 public_note: ''
5 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 116, 42nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Sydney
3 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 116, 42nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Patrick Colson

Private Herbert William Harley, 116, was born on 26 August 1891 at Bungabee near Lismore in New South Wales, Australia.

He was the fifth child and third son of eleven children, born to his parents Joseph Harley and Mary Harley née MacMillan.

Prior to his enlistment, he worked as a blacksmith in Lismore for eight years.

He enlisted at Lismore on 9 October 1915 and completed his basic training in Australia.  He embarked on board of HMAT Borda at Sydney on 5 June 1916 and disembarked at Southampton (England) on 23 July 1916.

After some additional training at Salisbury Plain (England), Herbert was shipped to France in November 1916 as a Lewis Gunner in 'A' Section, 42nd Battalion AIF.  His battalion was moved to Belgium after some fighting on the French-Belgian border.  Herb was involved in the Battle of Messines (June 7 - June 14, 1917).

Herb was killed in action near Warneton (Gapaard) on July 3, 1917.  He was buried temporarily in Queensland Cemetery near Warneton.  His remains were moved to Messines Ridge British Cemetery in May 1920 (I.C.48).  Herbert was a Roman Catholic.