Peter (Victor) HERBERT


Service Numbers: 3126, 3126A, 3216A
Enlisted: 29 May 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 33rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Ash Island, New South Wales, Australia, 20 May 1882
Home Town: Merewether, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Wickham Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Cab driver
Died: Merewether, New South Wales, Australia, 26 October 1926, aged 44 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
ANGLICAN 1-27. 62.
Memorials: Wickham Public School Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

29 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3126, 1st Pioneer Battalion
29 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3126, 1st Pioneer Battalion
17 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, 3126, 1st Pioneer Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '4' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Borda embarkation_ship_number: A30 public_note: ''
17 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, 3126, 1st Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Borda, Sydney
9 Feb 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 36th Infantry Battalion
30 Apr 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 33rd Infantry Battalion
30 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 3126A, 33rd Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne, GSW fractured right arm
25 Apr 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 3216A, 33rd Infantry Battalion, 2nd MD, due to wounding

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Served and suffered during The Great War, resting at Sandgate Cemetery, not forgotten.

96 years ago today, on the Wednesday afternoon of the 27th October 1926, Private Peter Victor Herbert, 33rd Battalion (Reg No-3126A), cab driver from 34 Patrick Street, Merewether, New South Wales, was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 44. ANGLICAN 1-27. 62.

Born at Ash Island, New South Wales on the 20th May 1882 to Nicholas and Eliza Herbert. Alwyne L Herbert (died 5.7.1916, Newcastle, N.S.W., also buried here, name was not inscribed on gravesite plaque, son of Arthur R and Isabella R Herbert), Peter enlisted May 1916 with the 1st Australian Pioneer Battalion at Waratah, N.S.W.

Admitted to hospital 24.10.1917 (scabies).
Wounded in action - 30.8.1918 (GSW fractured right arm, Mont Saint Quentin).

Admitted to the 53rd Casualty Clearing Station 31.8.1918.

Transferred to England 4.9.1918.

Peter was invalided home March 1919, being discharged medically unfit on the 25th April 1919.

Mr. Herbert’s name has been inscribed on the Wickham Superior Public School Roll of Honour. Name not inscribed on the Merewether (Mitchell Park) Memorial Gates or the Merewether St. Augustine's Church Roll of Honour.

Peter’s name had not been inscribed on the family headstone plaque, which has now been destroyed, so January 2019 I erected a cross adorned with poppies at the gravesite in remembrance of his service and sacrifice for God, King & Country.

A Plaque shall be installed at the gravesite courtesy of the Forgotten Diggers Headstone Project.

I will also be submitting an application to DVA asking for a Commonwealth War Graves Plaque to be placed at the gravesite to restore Honour and Dignity to Peter.

Younger brother Christopher Theodore (Christie, 1st Australian Pioneer Battalion & 56th Battalion, Reg No-3127A, enlisted 22.5.1916, Carrington, N.S.W., cab driver from 128 Bull Street, Tighes Hill, N.S.W., born 1886?, died 3.7.1965, Parramatta or Glebe, N.S.W., amputation of right leg 11.9.1918, Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance) also served 1st A.I.F.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.