Albert John HOSKIN

Badge Number: S4368, Sub Branch: Berri

HOSKIN, Albert John

Service Number: 62100
Enlisted: 18 May 1918, Renmark, SA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, SA, 5 March 1898
Home Town: Berri, Berri and Barmera, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Memorials: Berri WW1 Gate of Honour, Berri WW1 Gate of Honour, Men from Renmark and District Roll of Honor Boards (4)
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World War 1 Service

18 May 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 62100, Reinforcements WW1, Renmark, SA
6 Aug 1918: Involvement Private, 62100, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '20' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: SS Gaika embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
6 Aug 1918: Embarked Private, 62100, 1st to 6th (SA) Reinforcements, SS Gaika, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, 62100, 32nd Infantry Battalion

World War 2 Service

19 Jul 1943: Enlisted Berri, SA

Albert Hoskin

Name: Albert John Hoskin
Service Number: 62100
Place of Birth: Adelaide
Date of Birth: 5 March 1898
Place of Enlistment: Renmark
Date of Enlistment: 18 May 1918
Age at Enlistment: 20 years 2 months
Marital status: Single
Next of Kin: Father – Albert Hoskin
Occupation: Labourer
Religion: Church of England
Rank: Private
Biographical details:
Albert embarked HMT Gaika at Adelaide on 6 August 1918 and disembarked at London on 12 October, by which time peace had been negotiated. He left Southampton on 22 January 1919 for France where he was transferred to the 43rd Battalion at Le Havre on 12 April. Albert returned to Australia per Ulysses on 23 July and was discharged on 16 September.
Albert also served in World War Two, his service number being S34777(1).
Other Anecdotal Information:
Albert and Edith were heavily involved with the Monash community. They contributed significantly to the Roman Catholic Church Building Fund and the Berri Red Cross in November 1924(1). Albert was president of the Berri Rowing Club in 1937(2). Edith was involved with the Infant Welfare Club. Albert was instrumental in encouraging the National & Social Reconstruction Movement coming to South Australia(3)
Fruit Block Details:
He occupied Block 730 of 36.75 acres on 1 November 1922 and surrendered it on 23 January 1941.The property had a 10,000 gallon tank and a stone two-roomed house with an iron roof. The house was valued at 300 pounds.
The block also comprised 3 acres of gordos, 8.1 acres of sultanas, 4.25 acres of malagas, 0.3 acres of mixed trees, 1 acre of apricots,0.3 acres of oranges and 19 dry acres, according to the Local Heritage Collection of the Barmera Berri Council, Berri Barmera & Districts
A big government boarding house was one of the first places built in Monash. It was run by Mr. and Mrs Hoskin and catered for more than 100 men(4).
Albert is memorialised on the Memorial Gateway in Berri.
1. National Australian Archives; B2455; Hoskin A J; Barcode 5821825.
2.Trove/ The Murray Pioneer & The Australian River Record 28 November 1924.
3.Trove/ The Murray Pioneer & The Australian River Record 4 November 1937.
4. L. Andison Berri: The Hub of the Upper Murray Pg 136.

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