Harold PRESTON

PRESTON, Harold

Service Numbers: 2871, N298194
Enlisted: 10 June 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Volunteer Defence Corps HQ
Born: St Albans, New South Wales, 6 April 1896
Home Town: Ulmarra, Clarence Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, 27 July 1969, aged 73 years
Cemetery: Ulmarra Cemetery, NSW
Marked burial plot in Ulmarra C of E section
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World War 1 Service

10 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2871, 9th Infantry Battalion, Brisbane, Queensland
1 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2871, 9th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2871, 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ayrshire, Sydney
1 Mar 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 9th Infantry Battalion
26 Sep 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 9th Infantry Battalion
18 Jul 1918: Wounded "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"
2 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2871, 9th Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

24 Mar 1942: Enlisted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN N298194, Lismore, New South Wales
24 Mar 1944: Discharged Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN N298194, Volunteer Defence Corps HQ

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Biography

Harold Preston service no. 2871

Born Harold Preston to Hannah Preston and Alfred Bowman at St Albans NSW.  Actual location is Melon Creek at the home of Hannah Prestons father and mother George and Mary Preston.

Information given about parentage at enlistment, marriage and even death certificate (NSW BDM) have the grandparents George and Mary given as parents which is totally incorrect.   Harold didn't know of his actual parents until enlistment but throughout his life he never acknowleged his mother as anything but a "big sister".

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