Service Numbers: Officer, V159890
Enlisted: 1 May 1916, Boer War service
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: Land Headquarters South West Pacific Area (SWPA)
Born: Blackburn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 7 July 1884
Home Town: Ascot Vale, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Military staff clerk
Died: Nephritis, 115th Australian General Hospital (Heidelberg), Victoria, Australia, 1 December 1944, aged 60 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

1 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column, Boer War service
27 Jun 1916: Involvement Lieutenant, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column
27 Jun 1916: Embarked Lieutenant, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column, HMAT Barambah, Melbourne
6 Jul 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 39th Infantry Battalion
30 Oct 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 39th Infantry Battalion
21 May 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, 39th Infantry Battalion, 3rd MD, TB

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Major, SN V159890
27 May 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Major, SN V159890, Land Headquarters South West Pacific Area (SWPA)
27 May 1940: Involvement Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Major, SN V159890, Land Headquarters South West Pacific Area (SWPA)
Date unknown: Discharged Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Major, SN V159890, Land Headquarters South West Pacific Area (SWPA)

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served
The final resting place for;- V159890 Major Henry Kaufmann (aka Kaufman) of Ascot Vale & Blackburn, Victoria had already had a long period of service with the Australian Military Forces, when he sort an Officer's Commission with the 1st AIF on the 1st of May 1916.

Henry had enlisted under age during the Boer War, sailing to South Africa with the 2nd Scottish Horse, and following his return he would serve on with the Australian Artillery Garrison at Queenscliff, and at the time of his volunteering for War Service, he was serving as a Military Staff Clerk.

Receiving his Commission, Henry was appointed a Lieutenant with the 3rd Division Ammunition Column 1st AIF and was embarked for England and further training on the 27th of June 1916. Where he was disembarked on arrival in the last week of August.
By November Henry had arrived in France, and his service would be continuous until he was evacuated sick in the last week of February 1917, and was evacuated back to England, where he would be admitted into the 2nd Convalescent Depot at Perham Downs, and following treatment he was posted to the Australian Training Battalion at Tidworth.

Deemed as recovered by the 19th of July, Henry was being sent back to France, and shortly after his arrival he was taken on strength with the 39th Battalion, after having been detached to AIF Base Depot.

With his Battalion he would be committed to the Third Battle of Ypres, and was promoted to Captain on the 25th of October. Henry was again evacuated sick from the front lines at the start of January 1918, and as diagnosed as suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis, and was shipped back to England for hospitalization on the 11th of January.

Captain Kaufmann, was sited as no longer able to serve in the trenches and was embarked for Australia as an invalid, departing England on the 15th of February 1919.

Following his return to Melbourne, for ongoing medical treatment, Henry’s appointment with the 1st AIF was terminated on the 21st of May 1919.

Henry remained in the Military after his discharge, serving with the Military Staff Corps and was placed on the Reserve of Officer’s, on the 19th of July 1923.
With the outbreak of a second World War, Henry again presented himself for service with the Australian Military Forces on the 27th of May 1940, and was accepted for Home Service.

Promoted to the rank of Major, Henry’s service would be continuous, firstly with the Volunteer Defense Corps, and then with his last posting as on strength with Land Headquarters Victorian Lines of Communication.

Henry was evacuated sick and was admitted into the 115th Australian General Hospital (Heidelberg), where he was still being treated at the time of his death due to illness on the 1st of December 1944. He was aged 60.

Following his passing, Major Henry Kaufmann, a veteran of three Wars, and who died whilst still in service with the Australian Military Forces, was formally interred within Springvale War Cemetery


Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Birth Registration

Name: Henry Kaufmann

Birth Date: Abt 1884
Birth Place: Box Hill, Victoria
Registration Year:1884
Registration Place: Victoria, Australia
Father: George Henry Kaufmann
Mother: Louisa Foot
Registration Number:14770