Herman Hugo HEUZENROEDER

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HEUZENROEDER, Herman Hugo

Service Numbers: 2676, 2676B
Enlisted: 11 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Murray Bridge, South Australia, 12 July 1898
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: North Broken Hill Public School
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Killed in Action, Mouquet Farm, France, 22 August 1916, aged 18 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

11 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2676, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2676, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Adelaide
27 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2676, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2676, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
22 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2676B, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

The Heuzenroeder Brothers

There were four Heuzenroeder brothers who enlisted in WW1. Hailing originally from Broken Hill it appears at least two were in the Barossa region by the time WW1 was declared. All were, according to local anecdote, excellent rifle shots. Herbert Herman Heuzenroeder survived the war having been discharged due to dental health issues. He was well known throughout the Barossa and mid north as a snake charmer / reptile handler. Herman Hugo was the youngest brother - because his initials are the same as his eldest brother, the official record sometimes confuses the two. Herman was just 18 years old when he was killed in action at Mouquet Farm; again according to anecdote he was a sniper, but the sun glinting off an ejected cartridge case gave his position away and he drew heavy enemy retaliatory fire and was killed. Gerhard Leopold Heuzenroeder had also been killed at Pozieres on the opening day of the campaign. All three had consecutive service numbers. Youngest brother Moritz Wilfred enlisted later. He served with distinction in the 32nd Battalion winning a Military medal late in the war.

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Biography

Brother of Gerhard Leopold and Herbert Herman Heuzenroeder. Son of Mrs Emma Heuzenroeder of Broken Hill (at time of enlistment).

Record confused with that of his brother  - consecutive service numbers and same initials.

"THE LATE PRIVATE H. HEUZENROEDER.

Private Herman Heuzenroeder was killed in action in France on August 22 He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Heuzenroeder, of William-street, North Broken Hill. Though only 18 years old at the time of his death he had seen 14 months of active service. Two brothers are on active service, and a cousin was recently killed in France, a few yards from Private Heuzenroeder." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 11 Nov 1916 (nla.gov.au)

 

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