Selby Manderson HASTINGS

HASTINGS, Selby Manderson

Service Number: 14694
Enlisted: 5 January 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 4th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Buln Buln, Victoria, Australia , 19 March 1893
Home Town: Buln Buln, Baw Baw, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Blacksmith's striker
Died: Killed in Action, France, 8 June 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Bapaume Australian Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Buln Buln Roll of Honour, Warragul War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

5 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 14694, Melbourne, Victoria
4 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, 14694, 14th Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
4 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, 14694, 14th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Port Lincoln, Melbourne
8 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, 14694, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, Battle of Messines

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Biography contributed by Jill Thomas


Much regret has been expressed in this district at the news of the death at the front of Private Selby Hastings, son of Mr and Mrs W. Hastings, of Buln Buln. Selby Hastings was about as fine a sample of a stalwart robust Austhalian as one would meet anywhere, he was a blacksmith, and learnt his trade with Murray, of this township. Apart from being such a splendid type of Australian manhood, he was just as nice in disposition and kind in manner. Everyone sympathises deeply with the family, but they have at least the consolation of knowing that their son died for his country and for the cause of civilisation and freedom. His parents received word of his death from the Defence Department last week." - from the West Gippsland Gazette 03 Jul 1917 (