MARGETTS, Ivor Stephen

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 3 September 1914, Hobart, Tasmania
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 4 September 1891
Home Town: Wynyard, Waratah/Wynyard, Tasmania
Schooling: Launceston High School & Hobart University, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation: Junior School Master
Died: Killed In Action, Pozieres, France, 24 July 1916, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Hobart Roll of Honour, Launceston Church Grammar School WW1 Honour Board, Lindisfarne Officers of the 12th Battalion Pictorial Honour Roll, Tasmanian Amateur Athletics Association, University of Tasmania, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

3 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Hobart, Tasmania
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Hobart
24 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 12th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Ivor Stephen MARGETTS was born on 4th Sept. 1891 in Launceston, Tasmania

His parents were Stephen Ward MARGETTS and Charlotte HOUSE

He had previous service with the 93rd (Derwent) Infantry and was Adjutant from 21st Oct. 1912

Ivor enlisted on 3rd Sept. 1914 as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 12th Battalion, A Company - Unit embarked from Hobart on board the Transport ship Geelong on 20th October 1914

He was killed in action in the field in  Pozieres, France on 23rd July, 1916 - he was buried by  his men on the battlefield.  His grave was photographed in 1917 however the German spring offensive in 1918 recaptured Pozieres, and Capt. Margetts grave was obliterated. His name is commemorated on the Villers Bretonneux Memorial

STORY OF HIS DEATH - Newspaper article

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/64605579?searchTerm=ivor (trove.nla.gov.au)

He was mentioned in despatches for "General good and gallant work both as adjutant and company commander. Awarded and promulgated. London Gazette 2nd Jan 1917 - date of recommendation 6th Oct 1916


Advocate Burnie, Tasmania - 23rd July 1921

MARGETTS - Ivor Stephen, Senior Captain 12th Battalion and OC . A Coy, killed at Poziers July 23 1916 aged 25 years. Third son of S.W. and Charlotte Margetts.  Lovingly remembered

"Until the day break and the shadows flee away"