William Garfield HARTLEY

HARTLEY, William Garfield

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 1 March 1915
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Terowie, South Australia, 4 May 1894
Home Town: Port Adelaide, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Terowie School
Occupation: Grocer's assistant
Died: Gun shot wound to neck and chest, received in action - died of wounds, 44th Casualty Clearing Station, France, 9 August 1916, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Puchevillers British Cemetery, France
Plot III, Row A, Grave 3
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Croydon War Memorial, Terowie Institute Honour Board, Terowie Public School Honor Roll, Woodville Uniting Church Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

1 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1
16 Jun 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
21 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Officer, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Star of England, Adelaide
21 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Officer, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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13 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), ANZAC / Gallipoli
12 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 48th Infantry Battalion
9 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 48 Battalion awm_rank: Captain awm_died_date: 1916-08-09

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Mrs. M. Hartley, of Port-road, Elgin, has received the following letter from Brigadier-General Glasfurd: —

"I want you to know how sorry we all are to lose your son, Captain W. G. Hartley. He had commanded his company with conspicuous success since he joined my brigade, and I have known him better than most, for he stood out as a particulary capable officer. It may be some small consolation to you to know that he did his duty very efficienty, and that his brother officers and men held him in high esteem."

Lieutenant-Colonel R. L. Leane, in a letter to Mrs. Hartley, stated:—

"Captain Hartley died of wounds on August 10. My battalion held a very important part of the line, and the Germans tried very hard to recapture it. It was during a counter-attack on August 7 that he was severely wounded. We got him away to hospital, but he only lived three days. Your son was a fine soldier, always bright and cheerful, beloved by his men, and he died as he lived, a brave soldier, and a son of whom a mother might well be proud." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 18 Nov 1916 (nla.gov.au)