Harold Oscar TEAGUE


TEAGUE, Harold Oscar

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 5 May 1915
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 15 October 1877
Home Town: Victoria Park, Victoria Park, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Doctor
Died: Killed in action, France, 14 February 1917, aged 39 years
Cemetery: Bazentin-le-Petit Military Cemetery
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Memorials: Captain Harold Oscar Teague plaque, University of Western Australia Honour Roll, Victoria Park Church of the Transfiguration Honour Roll, Victoria Park War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

5 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, 1st Australian General Hospital
24 May 1915: Involvement Captain, 1st Australian General Hospital
24 May 1915: Embarked Captain, 1st Australian General Hospital, RMS Mooltan, Fremantle
14 Feb 1917: Involvement Captain, 11th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement Captain, 1st Australian General Hospital
Date unknown: Embarked Captain, 1st Australian General Hospital

Harold Oscar Teague Summary

Harold Oscar Teague was born in October of 1877 in Bendigo, Victoria.

He attended the Brighton Grammar School and after graduating in 1894, he enrolled in Medicine at Melbourne University. He graduated from university in 1901 with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery. He moved to New Zealand undertaking a residency in an Auckland Hospital for 12 months.

He then moved to Victoria Park, Western Australia where he worked with a fellow Doctor before in 1907 setting up his own practice in Victoria Park. His practice was located at 114 Albany Road. Now Albany Highway.

He became very popular with the residence of Victoria Park earning a reputation for his unselfishness and honesty when dealing with his patients.

In May 1915 Dr Harold Teague was gazetted as a Captain in the Australian Army Medical Corps, A.I.F. embarking for service overseas in June 1915 serving with the No. 1 Australian General Hospital. In December 1916 he was assigned as Medical Officer to 11th Battalion.

It was on the night of 14th February 1917 that Captain Harold Teague was in the front line with his battalion near the village of Bazentin-le-Petit. Captain Teague was frequently in the front line at his own request. He was in company with other commanders and returning to the rear of the lines when the enemy started to shell 11th Battalions position. A shell exploded nearby killing Captain Harold Teague.

Captain Teague’s body was recovered by his men and buried in Bazentin-le-Petit Military Cemetery France. His men erected a stone over his grave inscribing;

"In loving memory of the late Captain H. O. Teague killed in action on 14 February 1917 as a token of love and admiration from the N.C.O.s and men of the 2nd Australian Field Ambulance."

This stone remains at his grave today.

In 1918 street names were changed to honour Perth’s war heroes in Victoria Park, Walton Road became Teague Street in honour of Captain (Dr) Harold Oscar Teague.

In April 1917 an Unknown author wrote an Obituary to Harold Oscar Teague in The Medical Journal of Australia.

“Death, the inscrutable, had robbed, the medical profession of integrity and uprightness”, the death of Harold Oscar Teague also left a big hole in the lives of those he touched and in the Perth community.

Lest We Forget

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of John Henry and Elizabeth TEAGUE

Text on smaller stone that was put on Captain Teague's grave by his fellow servicemen - "In loving memory of the late Captain H.O.Teague killed in action on 14 February 1917 as a token of love and admiration from the N.C.O.s and men of the 2nd Australian field Ambulance."

The death while on active service of Dr. Harold Teague, late medical officer for the Municipality of Victoria Park, and president of the W.A. branch of the British Medical Association, has occasioned deep regret throughout the coastal area. Deceased came to this State over 14 years ago as assistant to Dr. Trethowan, and after occupying that post with ability for some time, he took up residence at Victoria Park, where he acquired a large practtice, and endeared himself to every resident of that locality. He was prominent in South Perth and Victoria Park circles as a tennis player and bowler, and his keen appreciation of all sport made him invaluable member to any sporting body. Dr. Teague was a native of Bendigo and was 38 years of age. He was one of the honorary surgeons to the W.A. Turf Club. Dr. Teague had been connected with the A.M.C. for some time, and on the outbreak of was was appointed honorary captain and attached to the No. 3 Australian General Hospital. He was afterwards associated with the famous 11th Battalion.