Harry HAVELETT (HABLETT)

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HAVELETT (HABLETT), Harry

Service Number: 3498
Enlisted: 24 January 1917, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Alice Springs, Northern Territory, December 1897
Home Town: Barrow Creek, Barkly, Northern Territory
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Stockman
Died: Died of wounds, France, 8 July 1918
Cemetery: Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Jan 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3498, Adelaide, South Australia
10 Feb 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3498, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide
10 Feb 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3498, 50th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Jul 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3498, 50th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front", Shell wound (thigh)

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Harry was born to George Hablett and Polly, an Indigenous Arrernte lady, whose name has not been confirmed by any record. At the time, Alice Springs, where he was born, was in South Australia. He went south to school in South Australia to either Quorn or Cradock [northeast of Port Augusta] according to a letter written by his father on 10 September 1918 from Barrow Creek answering an inquiry regarding his son's name from the military. It appears his surname had been inadvertently changed when he went to school to Havelett. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 24 January 1917 in Adelaide, giving his name as Harry Havelett and his next of kin as his father, whose name was written down on the record as George Havelett, of Barrow Creek, South Australia (now in the Northern Territory). He gave his occupation as a Stockman of Port Augusta but it is thought he was working in the Maree area. His service number was 3498 when he joined the 50th Regiment, 9th Reinforcement as a Private. His unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 10 February 1917. Full details of his war record are in this document, including that he died from wounds sustained on active service on 8 July 1918 the day after he was wounded, and was buried in Daours Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row D, Grave No. 17), France. He received the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal." - SOURCE (www.wikitree.com)

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