Henry Vincent MAGEE

MAGEE, Henry Vincent

Service Number: 2361
Enlisted: 12 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion
Born: Richmond, Victoria, Australia, June 1896
Home Town: South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: St Peters and Pauls Catholic School, South Melbourne
Occupation: Printer
Died: Killed in Action, Pozieres, France, 29 July 1916
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Plot I, Row G, Grave No. 43
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, South Melbourne Great War Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

12 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2361, 21st Infantry Battalion
29 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, 2361, 21st Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '13' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: RMS Osterley embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
29 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, 2361, 21st Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Henry Magee was only 13 years of age when his mother died in 1909. He was one of eight children of Thomas and Catherine Magee living in South Melbourne at the time of his death.

He died during heavy fighting at Pozieres on 29 July 1916, during the 21st Battalion’s first battle on the Western Front. It seems he was buried on the battlefield and his remains were found by the Graves Exhumation teams in May 1915, along with four other members of his battalion all buried in the same grave, marked by a Battalion cross.

His older brother who had enlisted at the same time, (they had consecutive regimental numbers) 2360 Pte. Stephen Henry Joseph Magee was killed in action at Bullecourt, France, 3 May 1917, aged 26.