Harold Evered (Harrold Everard) SYMES

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SYMES, Harold Evered (Harrold Everard)

Service Number: 2123
Enlisted: 12 October 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 1888
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Pulteney Street Grammar School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of wounds, France, 20 November 1917
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, National War Memorial (South Australia)
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World War 1 Service

12 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2123, Adelaide, South Australia
7 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2123, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2123, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
19 Nov 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2123, 32nd Infantry Battalion, GSW (left leg and forearm)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...2123 Private Harold Evered Symes, 32nd Battalion. A labourer from Glenelg, South Australia, prior to enlistment, he embarked with the 3rd Reinforcements from Adelaide on 7 February 1916 aboard HMAT Miltiades (A28) for Suez. In early April 1916 Pte Symes was transferred to the 48th Battalion, was hospitalised with illness from early May to mid-August and on discharge was transferred to the 8th Training Battalion in England. From England he was transferred back to the 32nd Battalion and proceeded to France to join his unit on the Western Front near Armentieres. On 1 December 1916 Pte Symes was hospitalised with trench feet and evacuated to England for treatment, recuperation and furlough for nine months before rejoining the battalion near Racquinghem. He attended Bombing School training from late October to early November. Pte Symes was wounded in action near Messines on 19 November 1917 and died of these wounds the following day in 53 Casualty Clearing Station. He was aged 29 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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