Service Number: 2428
Enlisted: 10 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Australian Employment Company
Born: Brighton, England, 1860
Home Town: Balaclava, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Brick layer
Died: Natural causes, Carnegie, Victoria, 6 September 1930
Cemetery: Brighton General Cemetery, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

10 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2428, Melbourne, Victoria
29 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2428, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2428, 22nd Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Melbourne
6 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 8th Infantry Battalion
11 Nov 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, Australian Employment Company
30 Apr 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2428, Australian Employment Company, Age/Illness... Aged 55 at enlistment and 58 at discharged... By all accounts he served faithfully

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

Harry Tullet was born in Brighton England in approximately 1860.  He served in the Egypt war 1881-1882 and the Burmese war 1889-90.  He was married to Miriam Lucy Tullett (53 years in 1915).  Harry enlisted in 1st AIF misstating his age as 45 (not 55).  He served as my great uncle’s batman (Capt Gerald Evans MC, MiD) for 15 months from enlistment to October 1916 when he got sick.  Some comments in my Capt Evans’s letters probably give an accurate reflection of Harry and his service which Gerald appreciated.

  • “Tullet my batman is also going strong, they are both old soldiers and new their way about.” (5 – 5 – 1916,  Letter to sister Minnie, Fleurbaix area France)
  • “I still have Tullett my batman, he has stood the strain alright, he is 56.”  (28/6/1916 letter to mother, Bailleul, France)
  • "You will be sorry to hear that my batman Tullett has gone, he is 56 years & sleeping on the wet ground & so on was playing up with him so I got the Doc to send him back to Australia.  He was a fine old chap as honest as the sun, & did not like leaving me, I have had him with me for 15 months and kept him out of all the rough business." (Oct 10th 1916, Gerald to mother, Zillebeke, Belgium)

Once he had recovered from sickness (Myalgia) Instead of returning home, Harry typically stayed in France to offer what ever assistance he could to the war effort.  He remained with the AIF HQ at the 1st Corps School for a further 12 mths before being discharged in Australia on 30/4/1918.

A  fair dinkum “salt of the earth” Australian I would conclude.

Evan Evans