Service Number: 656
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Machine Gun Company
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Marrickville, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
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World War 1 Service

11 May 1917: Involvement Private, 656, 1st Machine Gun Company
11 May 1917: Embarked Private, 656, 1st Machine Gun Company, HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Blackwood High School

Harry Booker was a soldier fighting in World War 1. Harry Booker contributed to war in the 1st machine gun company, 11th reinforcements. He enlisted on the 16th of October in 1916. He joined at 33 so he wasn’t young. Before the war he made his money as a carpenter so he was probably avoiding the war until he was needed because he had a good income. His regimental number was 656. His unit reinforced the battles fought at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. The initial troops were trained in Egypt before fighting. Harry returned from battle on the 22nd of September, 1919. He was not married and his only family remaining was his father. He is an example of how the war is bad because he was taken away from his father. They lived together and would have missed him greatly.

The emotional impact on him was huge is what I can guess. He was taken to a hostile and bloody environment. He might have nightmares from the tremor. His father will be lonely because his mother is dead and he has no other siblings. He also may not be able to earn enough money to live properly will needed items. There is no physical injuries as far as I know. He got home safely in one piece. However this was a better fate than what most soldiers endured. Others got badly injured or died and were away longer from their family. He was a carpenter so he probably made enough money to survive for him and his dad. This shows the negative impacts of the war on the soldiers and their family members.