Harold Austin SKINNER


SKINNER, Harold Austin

Service Number: 15
Enlisted: 2 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Penola, South Australia, 17 September 1897
Home Town: Coonawarra, Wattle Range, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm Hand
Died: Died of Illness (Meningitis), Quarantine Station, Albany, Western Australia, Albany Hospital, Albany, Western Australia, Australia, 28 July 1916, aged 18 years
Cemetery: Memorial Park Cemetery
Albany Public Cemetery (Old), Albany, Western Australia, Australia
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Penola Coonawarra & Penola Sub-Branch R.S.S.&A.I.L.A. Honour Roll, Penola District WW1 Roll of Honor, Penola War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

2 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 15, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 15, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide

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Pte. Harold Austin Skinner embarked from Adelaide aboard the HMAT Afric on the 9th of June 1916. When the ship arrived at Albany, Western Australia four days later, he was removed from the ship suffering from cerebro spinal meningitis.

Pte. Skinner died two weeks later on 28 Jul 1916

"Death from Meningitis.

The death occurred at the Quarantine Station during Friday night of Driver H. A. Skinner, of the Headquarters 43rd Battalion of the A.I.F., the cause being cerebro-spinal meningitis. Deceased, who was only 19 years of age, was a native of Coonowarra, South Australia, and was landed from an Australian transport some three months ago. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon, with military honors. The remains were interred in the Presbyterian Cemetery the service being conducted by the Rev. W. F. Turton. A firing party drawn from the R.A.G.A. headed the hearse bearing the coffin, while the following was a big detachment of returned wounded from the Rocks Hospital. Lieut. Jones, R.A.G.A was in charge of the parade." - from the Albany Advertiser 02 Aug 1916 (nla.gov.au)

"SKINNER.— In sad but loving memory of my dear friend, Driver H. A. Skinner, who died at Albany Hospital, on July 28, 1916.

No one he loved was by his side, To hear his last faint sigh;

Or whisper just one loving word, Or even say good-bye. —Inserted by his ever true friend, H. Hutchins, Cockatoo Valley, South Australia." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 12 Aug 1916 (nla.gov.au)