Clarence Melvin HUMPHRYS

HUMPHRYS, Clarence Melvin

Service Number: 2023
Enlisted: 15 February 1916, Place of enlistment - Burra, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Redruth, South Australia, 10 October 1893
Home Town: Hanson, South Australia
Schooling: Hanson School, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of Illness, France, 6 October 1917, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Bois-Guillaume Communal Cemetery Extension
Row B, Grave26B Headstone Inscription "TO DO THE WILL OF JESUS THIS IS REST" Bois Guillaume Communal Cemetery Extension, Haute-Normandie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burra District WW1 Honor Roll, Burra Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Burra Hanson Public School Roll of Honor, Farrell Flat Memorial Hall
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World War 1 Service

15 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2023, Place of enlistment - Burra, South Australia
13 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2023, 50th Infantry Battalion, Embarked on HMAT 'A48' Seang Bee from Adelaide on 13th July 1916.
3 Aug 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Warneton
6 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2023, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2023 awm_unit: 43rd Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1917-10-06

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Pte. Clarence Melvin Humphrys, 43rd Battalion, whose death was reported from wounds received in action about July 29, died on October 6 at the General Hospital, Rouen, France. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. K. T. Humphrys, "Maythorn," Hanson, was born at Burra October 10, 1893, and was within four days of his twenty-fourth birthday. He was educated at the Hanson School, afterwards assisting his father and elder brother on the farm up to the time he enlisted for service at the front in February, 1916. He left Australia on July 16 on board the s.s. Seang Bee, in the 3rd-50th Battalion, and arrived in England September 13, and was transferred to the 43rd Battalion at Salisbury Plains, then left for the firing line in France. After being in the trenches for some time, he received a badly sprained ankle during a midnight trench raid, and was sent to hospital for one month. Afterwards rejoining his battalion, he escaped without a scratch until about July 29, when he received a bad cut on the bottom of the foot from a barb wire spike. After being in hospital for about nine weeks his parents received a cable containing the sad news, though in the meantime they had reason to consider his condition not serious, for by his letters he thought he was going well and had been sent to the convalescent camp.

He had won a good conduct stripe for one year, and in a letter to his parents he said he hoped the war would be over before he would have a chance to win another stripe. He was an active member of the Methodist Church at Hanson and of the choir, and often assisted his mother at the church organ. He was also the Sabbath school librarian and assistant organist, and a local preacher of great promise, a member of the Rechabite Lodge and of the Farrell's Flat Rifle Club. The last-named presented him with a gold medal inscribed when he left for the front. He was widely known and highly esteemed for his upright arid manly character, and, being of a bright and kind disposition, he won many friends who are greatly grieved at the sad loss to the family of one of such great promise of usefulness and in the prime of life. His help was sought and willingly given to all religious and patriotic functions. He gave up a bright and prosperous future for his King and country, for the cause of righteousness, and for those whom he loved. The Farrell's Flat Sabbath School presented him with a beautifully inscribed Bible, and his friends at Hanson tendered him his farewell social on July 8, when he received many presents, including a wristlet watch. Pte. C. M. Humphrys was grandson of thie late Luke Tiddy, of Burra, and the late Jessy Humphrys, Hassage Park, Hanson. On Sunday, November 18, his in memoriam service was preached by the Rev. J. C. Jennison, assisted by the Rev. D. B. Bridgwood. A very large and greatly impressed congregation attended." - from the Burra Record 05 Dec 1917 (