Henry Hartley MCWATERS

MCWATERS, Henry Hartley

Service Number: 3542
Enlisted: 16 January 1915, Wnntworth, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Leighton, South Australia, 3 August 1896
Home Town: Wentworth, Wentworth, New South Wales
Schooling: Broken Hill and Wentworth Schools
Occupation: Farming & Orchardist
Died: Sniped through the head, Fleurbaix, France, 31 May 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix
Plot I, Row D, Grave No.20. His name is located at panel 44 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT. , Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Booborowie Leighton WW1 Roll of Honor, Burra District WW1 Honor Roll, Burra Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Curlwaa Honor Roll WW1, Curlwaa Memorial Gates and flagpole, Curlwaa Memorial Hall, Kempsey Hotel Private Hartley McWaters Memorial Plaque, Wentworth War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

6 Jan 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3542, 5th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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16 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Wnntworth, New South Wales
11 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3542, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne

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NOTE: Some documents in AWM and NAA records have his names as McWALTERS.

Born  HENRY HARTLEY McWATERS 3 August 1896, in Leighton, (Iron Mine), South Australia
(SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 587 Page: 270 District: Bur.)

Father James Henry McWaters and Mother Mary Ann (nee MILLER)
living at Wentworth, River Darling, New South Wales. 

Next of kin in service:
7536  Private  Fletcher Barndon McWaters
         7/6/1917  Enlisted
         4/8/1917  Embarked from Port Melbourne on board HMAT A32 Themistocles
         21/12/1918  Returned to Australia 

719   Private Hugh Everett MILLER
17/2/1916  Enlisted in Adelaide, South Australia
9/6/1916    Embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide, on board HMAT A19 Afric
                 as a Private with 11th Infantry Brigade, 43rd Infantry Battalion, D Company,
                 for France
1/9/1918    killed in action near Perrone, France (23 years old)
buried in:   Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, France
                 Plot 23, Row K

4224 Private James Hartley Thomas MILLER
         enlisted in 10th Battalion,
         embarked from Adelaide on 11/1/1916 aboard HMAT Borda for Egypt
         where he was transferred to the 50th Battalion
        10/6/1917  killed in action near Messines, Belgium  (34 years)
buried in:  no known grave
he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.  

Privates J Albert Thomas POTTER  (Killed in action)

Private William E POTTER   (killed in action)

Private H C POTTER  (killed in action)

Private W E Smith  (killed in action)
first Private to fall in the BOER WAR

Previous service:   Cadet and Rifle Club

Described on enlisting as 19 years 5 months old; single; 5' 5" tall; 130 lbs;
medium complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair; Methodist

16/1/1915     Enlisted in Wentworth, New South Wales

9/10/1915     Commanding Officer appointed Henry to 5th Battalion 11th
                     reinforcements, Broadmeadows Camp

11/10/1915   Embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A71 Nestor
                    as a Private in 5th Infantry Battalion, 11th reinforcements

22/2/1916     taken on strength from reinforcements, into 5th Battalion, Serapeum

25/3/1916     embarked on HMT Briton, ex Alexandria, to join British Expeditionary
30/3/1916     disembarked into Marseilles, France

31/5/1916     In the morning, he was shot in the head by a sniper, at trench length 49
                    at Fleurbaix, France.  He lived for half an hour, but was unconcious to the end.

buried by:     5th Pioneer Battalion

buried in:      buried the same day, just behind the trenches 
                    his grave was marked with his name, rank and details

exhumed and reburied in:
                    Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France
                    Plot I, Row D, Grave No.20

buried by:     Chaplain Reverend G W Carter

His name is located at panel 44 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War
Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

1914-15 Star (1738); British War medal (21286); Victory medal (21210);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (303436)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  23/4/2015.  Lest we forget.