Herbert Lancelot PLACE DCM

PLACE, Herbert Lancelot

Service Number: 3373
Enlisted: 16 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion
Born: Fowler's Bay, South Australia, 1 August 1894
Home Town: Ceduna, Ceduna, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Killed In Action, Ypres, Belgium, 9 October 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Ceduna Murat Bay and District WW1 Honor Roll, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

16 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3373, Adelaide, South Australia
24 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Corporal, 3373, 6th Field Company Engineers, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
24 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Corporal, 3373, 6th Field Company Engineers, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Aug 1916: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, Battle for Pozières
8 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, 3373, 6th Field Company Engineers, Battle for Pozières , Shell wound (back)
19 Aug 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 6th Field Company Engineers
3 Apr 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 6th Field Company Engineers
8 Apr 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 21st Infantry Battalion
27 Aug 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 21st Infantry Battalion
9 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 21st Infantry Battalion, Battle of Poelcapelle

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Cpl. H. L. Place, 10th Field Company Engineers, 2nd Australian Division, whose name appears in the latest list of Australian honours for the ward of the D.C.M. for "guiding his party, after being wounded, until he collapsed," is 22 years of age. He left Murat Bay on July 30, 1915, for camp, and subsequently sailed from Melbourne for Egypt, where he spent another short period in training, until sent to France. Prior to enlisting he was engaged with his father in a general blacksmithing business. (The residents' of Murat Bay have cabled to him their congratulations on his valour."  - from the Adelaide Register 10 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)


Lieutenant H. L.PLACE, of Murat Bay, was the fifth son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Place. He came to Adelaide to enlist for active service on his 21st birthday. He left Australia in August, 1915, as sapper in the 6th Field Engineers. In 1916 he gained the Distinguished Conduct Medal in France, and shortly afterwards was promoted to second lieutenant. He was killed in action on October 9. He was a fine manly fellow, and was generally respected. He was a nephew of Mr. S. Trestrail, of Clare, and a cousin of Detective Trestrail, of Adelaide." - Adelaide Advertiser 21 Nov 1917 (nla.gov.au)