Harold Brandon SKERTCHLY

SKERTCHLY, Harold Brandon

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 9 February 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 14th Infantry Battalion
Born: Thetford, Norfolk, England, 7 October 1879
Home Town: Kew, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Queens College, Hong Kong
Occupation: Examiner of Patents
Died: Died of Illness (Pneumonia), Cairo, Egypt, 15 May 1915, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Cairo War Memorial Cemetery
Row B Grave 248
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kew War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

9 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Melbourne, Victoria
20 Mar 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Officer, 14th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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20 Mar 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 14th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne
15 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 14th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 14 Battalion awm_rank: Second Lieutenant awm_died_date: 1915-05-15

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Harold Brandon SKERTCHLY was born in 1879 in Thetford, Norfolk, England

His parents were Sydney Barber Josiah SKERTCHLY and Rachel Ellen KEMP who married on 26th June, 1871 in London - his Father Sydney died in 1926 and his mother Rachel died in 1919, both in Queensland

Harold married Katherine Gordon McLEOD in 1907 in Victoria - Katherine was born in Warnambool, Victoria - they had one known daughter, Mary Katherine SKERTCHLY who married Ronald Edward Bertram BOURNE in 1928 in Victoria

After Harolds death in 1915 , his wife Katherine remarried in Victoria in 1924 to Algernon Montague WOLFFE

Harold had served previously in the Volunteer Artillery in Hong Kong before he enlisted for service in WW1

He died on 15th May, 1915 at the General Hospital, Heliopolis, Cairo


His brother Lieutenant Ethelbert SKERTCHLY served in the British Navy (Borneo Service) and died in 1907 in Penang