Hugh HERON

HERON, Hugh

Service Number: 327
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Not yet discovered
Last Unit: 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
Born: Melbourne, Vic., 1891
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith
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World War 1 Service

4 Jun 1915: Involvement SN 327, 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
4 Jun 1915: Embarked SN 327, 1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train, HMAT Port Macquarie, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

BROTHERS IN THE FIRING LINE
Enlisting early in 1915, two brothers, Sergeant Hugh Heron and Fitter Percy J. Heron, have done notable service for the cause of Australia and the Empire. Both brothers were sportsmen of exceptional merit and excelled in all athletic exercises, while on the football field their prowess was well known. Sergeant Hugh Heron sailed from Melbourne on June 3, 1915, with the first Australian Bridging Train. He saw service in Gallipoli, and is now in France with an artillery battery. Before leaving for the front, he played with the Fitzroy Football Club, later on transferring to Essendon, and again
re-transferring back to Fitzroy. He also umpired many  important games. He has on several occasions showed at the front that he has lost none of his old-time dash in some of the hard-fought games played be tween the Australians and the 'Tommies' in their moments of leisure. A month or two ago, in a gas attack which the Germans sustained for eight hours, he got slightly gassed, and latest news reports him still out of the lines.

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