Henry John PALMER


PALMER, Henry John

Service Number: 2003
Enlisted: 4 February 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Nailsworth, South Australia, 1893
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: Nailsworth Public School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 27 September 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Streaky Bay War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

4 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2003, Keswick, South Australia
20 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2003, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Apr 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2003, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Adelaide
27 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2003, 50th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"2003 Private Henry John Palmer, 10th Battalion. A farmer from Haslam, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 5th Reinforcements from Adelaide on 20 April 1915 aboard HMAT Hororata (A20) for Egypt. He served at Gallipoli from early June 1915 until the battalion was withdrawn to Egypt in late December. In late February 1916 he was transferred to the 50th Battalion and appointed a Lance Corporal (L Cpl) on 1 March 1916. His new battalion relocated to the Western Front, France, during early June 1916. L Cpl Palmer was wounded in action near Albert on 16 August 1916 and was evacuated to England for treatment, recuperation and furlough followed by a period of training before rejoining his unit in late April 1917. L Cpl Palmer was promoted to Sergeant (Sgt) on 28 July 1917. Sgt Palmer was killed in action near Westhoek Ridge, Belgium, on 27 September 1917. He has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. He was aged 24 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)