Peter (Harkin) HARKINS


Service Number: 950
Enlisted: 18 January 1915
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 6th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, January 1893
Home Town: Hamilton, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Tailor's presser
Died: Merewether, New South Wales, Australia, 15 September 1936, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
CATHOLIC 2-32. 109.
Memorials: Newcastle Surf Club Life Saving Brigade Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

18 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 950, 6th Light Horse Regiment
22 May 1915: Involvement Private, 950, 6th Light Horse Regiment, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '2' embarkation_place: Newcastle embarkation_ship: HMAT Forty-One embarkation_ship_number: A41 public_note: ''
22 May 1915: Embarked Private, 950, 6th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Forty-One, Newcastle
16 Oct 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Trooper, 950, 6th Light Horse Regiment, 2nd MD, Medically unfit due to wounding

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Served and suffered during The Great War, resting at Sandgate Cemetery.

87 years ago today, on the Wednesday morning of the 16th September 1936, Trooper Peter Ignatius Harkin, 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment (Reg No-950), tailor’s presser from Hamilton Street or Road, Hamilton North, New South Wales and 4 Dalton Road, Mosman, N.S.W. and Ridge Street, Merewether, N.S.W., father of two (Dorothy and Verona), was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 43. CATHOLIC 2-32. 109.

Born at Newcastle, New South Wales about 1893 to James and Sarah Harkin nee Duffy; husband of Ella Harkin nee Starr (married 1915, Sydney, N.S.W. as HARKINS, of 336 Crown Street, Surrey Hills, N.S.W., died?) and Dorothy L Harkin nee Hart (married 1922, Merewether, N.S.W. as HARKINS, died?), Pete enlisted on the 18th January 1915 at Liverpool, N.S.W. as HARKINS.

Unit embarked from Newcastle, New South Wales on board HMAT A41 Forty-One on the 22nd May 1915.
Wounded in action - 8.12.1915 (GSW left foot, severe).

Pete returned home on the 10th March 1916, being discharged medically unfit on the 16th October 1916.

Mr. Harkin’s name has been inscribed on the Hamilton (Gregson Park) War Memorial as HARKINS, Hamilton Municipal District Roll of Honor as HARKINS, Newcastle Surf Club & Life-Saving Brigade Honor Roll as HARKINS and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall as HARKINS.

I have placed poppies at Pete’s gravesite in remembrance of his service and sacrifice for God, King & Country.

Not officially commemorated.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.