Henry Mortlock SCRUBY

SCRUBY, Henry Mortlock

Service Number: 9574
Enlisted: 27 December 1916
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: Tunnelling Companies
Born: Port Lincoln, South Australia , 15 March 1897
Home Town: Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Mining Engineer
Died: Natrual Causes, Adelaide - South Australia, Australia, 17 December 1957, aged 60 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

27 Dec 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, 9574
28 Feb 1918: Involvement Sapper, 9574, Tunnelling Companies, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '6' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Nestor embarkation_ship_number: A71 public_note: ''
28 Feb 1918: Embarked Sapper, 9574, Tunnelling Companies, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Adelaide Botanic High School

Henry Mortlock Scruby was born on the 15th of March 1897 in Port Lincoln, South Australia. His mother, Alice Teresa, was listed his next of kin on his Attestation Paper and his religion was C.E (Church of England).  Before enlisting in the Army his occupation was a Mining Engineer. He joined the Army on 27/12/16 as a Tunneller with the Engineering Reinforcement and completed several months of training in Australia

He arrived in Liverpool England 20th April 1918 Hand then was deployed to Amiens, a city in France. He was put in the 2nd Tunneling Company unit and the Tunneling unit specializes in digging trenches and planting explosives. He fought in the Battle of Amiens, digging tunnels and trenches and detonating explosives. The Battle of Amiens, also known as the Third Battle of Picardy, was the opening phase of the Allied offensive which began on 8 August 1918, later known as the Hundred Days Offensive, that ultimately led to the end of the First World War.

This was the one and only battle Henry fought in and he was later discharged in London as a Sapper in April 1919. He has the 1914/15 Star Medal, British War Medal, and Victory Medal.

After his discharge, there were no more records, but we can infer from the 'Find a grave' website that he came back to Australia as he died at the age of 80 and he is buried in Centennial Park Cemetry in Pasadena, South Australia. On the NNA it says that he only suffered minor wounds from the battle and that he had Flu symptoms. 

He lived an unknown life after the war and died on the 17th of December 1957 due to natural causes.