Herbert Leslie ELVIN

ELVIN, Herbert Leslie

Service Number: 4464
Enlisted: 23 August 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, December 1893
Home Town: Cessnock, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 10 March 1918
Cemetery: Ridge Wood Military Cemetery
Plot I, Row S, Grave No. 1
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kurri Kurri War Memorial, Sawyers Gully Memorial Gates, Wickham "Citizens of Wickham" Volunteers Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

23 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4464, 3rd Infantry Battalion
15 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, 4464, 3rd Infantry Battalion
15 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, 4464, 3rd Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Sydney
10 Mar 1918: Involvement Lance Corporal, 4464, 3rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.

105 years ago today, on the 10th March 1918, Lance Corporal Herbert Leslie Elvin, 3rd Battalion (Lewis Machine Gun Section, Reg No-4464), engineer's assistant (Hamilton Council), from 14 Beaumont Street, Islington, New South Wales or Main Street, Cessnock, New South Wales, was Killed in Action by enemy artillery shell or shrapnel at Hill 60, south of Ypres, Belgium, age 24.

Born at Tuena, New South Wales on the 23rd November 1893 to John Henry (died 11.1.1922, age 65) and Phoebe Elizabeth Elvin (died 17.5.1923, age 65) of 18 Beaumont Street, Islington, New South Wales and "Tarana", 34 Dent Street, Islington, N.S.W. and "Ivanhoe", Jersey Avenue, Penshurst, N.S.W. and 51 James Street, Hamilton, N.S.W., Herb enlisted on the 23rd August 1915 at Newcastle, N.S.W

Admitted to hospital 12.10.1917 (scabies).

Herb is resting at Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Belgium. Plot I Row S Grave 1. Many thanks to Eddy Lin for the photos of the cemetery and headstone.

Mr. Elvin’s name has been inscribed on the Kurri Kurri War Memorial, Hamilton Municipal District Roll of Honor, Hamilton (Gregson Park) War Memorial, Wickham (Hawkins Oval) Soldiers' Memorial, Wickham Municipal District Roll of Honour Board 1 and the Sawyers Gully Memorial Gates.

Place of Association – Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia.

There is no memorial inscription on the gravesite plaque for the Elvin family to tell us of the loss of their son during The Great War, and I am unable to erect a Memorial cross, so I have placed poppies in remembrance of Herb’s service and supreme sacrifice for God, King & Country. ANGLICAN 1-04. 126.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.