Hedley Arthur (Johnny) WEST

WEST, Hedley Arthur

Service Number: 1765
Enlisted: 17 January 1916, Forbes, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1)
Born: Forbes, New South Wales, Australia , 1897
Home Town: Forbes, Forbes, New South Wales
Schooling: Forbes Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Brickmaker
Died: Killed in Action, France, 14 August 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

17 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1765, 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Forbes, NSW
14 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, 1765, 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
14 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, 1765, 45th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Ceramic, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Alice Jane and William Perry WEST, of Wombat Street, Camp Hill, Forbes, NSW

Word was received yesterday that Private Hedley A. West, son of Mr and Mrs W. P. West, of Camp Hill, Forbes, had been killed in action in France. The Rev. A. J. Gardner received the message, and at once communicated with the deceased lad's parents.
Private West, whose friends have known him as "Johnny," was very popular. He was 20 years of age, and was a fine young Australian. He was a member of the "Boomerangs," and marched with this  troop to camp. Later on he reached Egypt, went to England, and finally got to the great West front, where he was killed in action, as stated. The deepest sympathy is expressed for Mr and  Mrs West  in their sad bereavement, but there is consolation in knowing that Private West died for his country.
One of the last letters received from the young soldier, stated he was in France, and said he was doing well, and was a member of B Company, 45th Battalion.
A memorial service to the deceased will be held in the Church of England on Sunday .