William Joseph Harold HUMPHREYS

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HUMPHREYS, William Joseph Harold

Service Number: 3964
Enlisted: 22 January 1915
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 13th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia, 26 October 1896
Home Town: Wickham, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Wickham Public School, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 12 December 1917, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Westhof Farm Cemetery
Plot II, Row D, Grave 13
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Wickham "Citizens of Wickham" Volunteers Honour Roll, Wickham Public School Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

22 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 3964, 1st Field Artillery Brigade
10 Apr 1915: Involvement Gunner, SN 3964, 1st Field Artillery Brigade
10 Apr 1915: Embarked Gunner, SN 3964, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, HMAT Argyllshire, Sydney
18 Jul 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 13th Field Artillery Brigade
1 Jun 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Driver, 13th Field Artillery Brigade
12 Dec 1917: Involvement Driver, SN 3964, 13th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell

Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.
102 years ago today, on the 12th December 1917, Driver William Joseph Harold Humphreys, 13th Australian Field Artillery Brigade, railway porter of 7 Bishopgate Street, Wickham, New South Wales, was killed in action, age 21.

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1630998
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article138158374
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article123666586

Born at East Maitland, New South Wales on the 26th October 1896 to Joseph Humphreys (died 1951 - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article134062094) and Annie (died 1954 - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article134912269)
was of 3 Dickson Street, Wickham, N.S.W. and 26 Railway Street, Wickham, N.S.W., William enlisted January 1915 with the 1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade at Liverpool, N.S.W.

Dvr Humphreys is resting at Westhof Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Plot II Row D Grave 13.

His name has been inscribed on the Wickham (Hawkins Oval) Soldiers' Memorial, Wickham Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Wickham Municipal District Roll of Honour Board 1 and the 3rd Australian Garrison Artillery Roll of Honour (photo, unveiled date unknown). Name not on the N.S.W. Govt Railways and Tramways Roll of Honour, 1914-1919.

William’s parents are resting together at Sandgate Cemetery, but unfortunately there is no memorial inscription to tell us of the supreme sacrifice of their son, and I am unable to place a memorial cross. CATHOLIC 2-47. 64.

http://sandgate.northerncemeteries.com.au/index.php/war-heroes/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&aso=exact&s_f=id&data_search=421267#images

Thanks to Patricia May for the notification and family history.
Lest We Forget.

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