Harold HOOLE


HOOLE, Harold

Service Number: 3263
Enlisted: 13 March 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Smithfield, South Australia, 26 March 1891
Home Town: Smithfield, Playford, South Australia
Schooling: Smithfield Public School
Occupation: Shop assistant
Died: Died of Illness (POW of Germany - pulmanery TB), Tournai, Belgium, 29 December 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Tournai Communal Cemetery Allied Extension
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Burra HB1 District WW 1*, Burra M*, FarrellFlatB*, Gawler HB1* WW1, Port Pirie Gates WW 1*, SmithfieldHB1*, TumbyBayM*
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World War 1 Service

13 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3263, Adelaide, South Australia
27 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3263, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3263, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Malakuta, Adelaide
9 Dec 1916: Imprisoned Captured near Bapaume

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Biography contributed by Cheryl Hutchins

"...3263 Private Harold Hoole, 32nd Battalion. A shop assistant from Smithfield, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 7th Reinforcements from Adelaide on 27 June 1916 aboard HMAT Malakuta (A57) for Devonport, England. After training in England he proceeded to France and joined his battalion on the Western Front near Montauban, France in late November 1916. Pte Hoole was reported missing in action near Bapaume on 9 December 1916 and was subsequently reported to be a prisoner of war. Pte Hoole died of illness while a prisoner of war. He was aged 26 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

"I saw (3263) Pte Hoole H. 32 Battalion die at this hospital (Tournai) on 29/12/17.  He was there only a short time and died of starvation. If he had been given something to eat he would have been saved. They gave him an injection and 10 minutes later he died." - 2937 Pte. William Clarence Mitchell (/explore/people/185144) from p.13 of Harold Hoole's Service Record (recordsearch.naa.gov.au)