Joseph HART


HART, Joseph

Service Number: 190
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 30th Infantry Battalion
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in action, France, 20 July 1916, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Ration Farm Military Cemetery, la Chapelle-D'Armentieres
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 190, 30th Infantry Battalion
9 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 190, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Beltana, Sydney
Date unknown: Involvement 30th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

reflections on his family's WWI involvement

Several of our family fought in WWI. Some, including my paternal grandfather William Wallace Ryan, survived and returned to Australia.
Joseph Hart was my paternal grandmother's cousin, sadly he did not survive the war.

I don't even know if this young man and my grandfather, who was also in his early 20s when he signed up, ever actually met.
They became family through marriage, and my grandfather and grandmother were not married until after the war. I don't know if my grandparents knew each other before the war when they were teenagers.

So many questions I now wish I had asked my grandmother when she was still with us (grandfather died before I was born).

Was Joseph Hart one of the young men in a photo I have of my grandfather and his tennis playing companions in Sydney, a photo of happy young men and women that seems so far removed from images of war?
I guess we'll never know...

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