Horace William HUXTABLE

Badge Number: 28943

HUXTABLE, Horace William

Service Number: 1750
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Manoora, South Australia, 2 August 1881
Home Town: Balaklava, Wakefield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Daw Park, South Australia, 31 May 1955, aged 73 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Dudley Park Cemetery
Memorials: Balaklava District WW1 Roll of Honour, Virginia District WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

11 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1750, 32nd Infantry Battalion
11 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1750, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, SN 1750, 48th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

1750 Private Horace William Huxtable
Joseph John Huxtable and Elizabeth Richardson were married on 23 March 1876. In about 1879 Joseph moved to Manoora to take up farming. Joseph and Elizabeth’s stay in Manoora was only a short one of about 3 years but in this time Horace William, one of nine sons, was born on 2 August 1881. Joseph and his younger brother Henry, who had joined his brother a year later, both played cricket for Manoora. Joseph was a bowler with the impressive figures of 9 wickets for 23 runs in an 1880 game against Saddleworth. In 1881 Joseph won the Manoora Cricket Club’s Best Bowler award and Henry won the Best All Round award. Joseph was the captain of the combined Riverton, Saddleworth, Manoora and Auburn cricket team and also had the distinction of being the field umpire in the first game of football that Manoora ever played. On that day, Monday 21 June 1880, Manoora 1 goal 4 behinds defeated Riverton 3 behinds. Joseph, Elizabeth and family moved to Balaklava where Joseph established a blacksmithing business. Henry Huxtable married Anne Elizabeth Edwards in 1888 at Immanuel Church, Chinkford (now Manoora), and four of their children were born in Manoora before they left the district to live in Port Augusta. 

Horace Huxtable was a 32 year old blacksmith at Balaklava when he enlisted at Exhibition Camp on 28 August 1915. Initially he was appointed to C Company 2nd Depot Battalion and then on 1 October to 1st Depot Battalion. On 1 November Horace was allocated to 2nd Reinforcements 32 Battalion and embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT A30 Borda on 11 January 1916 and disembarked at Suez on 9 February. Horace was taken on strength of 48 Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir on 9 March but only 26 days later was taken to 11 Casualty Clearing Station by 12 Field Ambulance with acute rheumatism. He was admitted to No.1 Australian General Hospital at Ismailia. Diagnosed with synovitis Horace was transferred to 3 Auxiliary Hospital where his medical report on 21 April read: Synovitis of knee “his knee became swollen 14 days ago.
He had no injury to it. Never had it before.”
On 13 May Horace was transferred to No.1 Auxiliary Hospital in Cairo from where he returned to Australia. He embarked from Suez aboard the hospital ship HMHS Karoola on 5 July and disembarked in Melbourne on 3 August 1916. He returned to Adelaide where he was admitted to 7 Australian General Hospital at Keswick for treatment and discharged ten days later. On 28 October Horace was discharged medically unfit after serving for 1 year and 70 days. He had served abroad for 206 days. Horace returned to Balaklava where he married Flossie Blanche Sampson in 1922. Horace and Blanche had 2 children, a son Jack and a daughter Jean. Horace died at Daw Park in 1955 and is buried in the Dudley Park Cemetery. Flossie died in 1958 at the age of 72.