Henry James SAWYER MM

Badge Number: S4085, Sub Branch: Kimba/Pt Lincoln

SAWYER, Henry James

Service Number: 1982
Enlisted: 23 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Beverley, South Australia, 21 March 1896
Home Town: Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fisherman
Died: Natural causes, Poonindie, South Australia, 22 December 1938, aged 42 years
Cemetery: Happy Valley Cemetery, Port Lincoln
Section: RSL, Grave: 10 Row: A
Memorials: Port Lincoln & District Honor Roll WW1
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World War 1 Service

23 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1982, Adelaide, South Australia
13 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1982, 48th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1982, 48th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Adelaide
28 Mar 1918: Honoured Military Medal, Dernancourt/Ancre
28 Mar 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1982, 48th Infantry Battalion, Dernancourt/Ancre, GSW (neck)
29 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

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Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

"SAWYER. — On December 22, Henry James Sawyer, dearest loved husband of Abi, and loving father of Elliott, Freddie, Betty and Valmai. So sadly missed."from the Port Lincoln Times 06 Jan 1939 (nla.gov.au)   


Mr. Henry James Sawyer, who died at Poonindie on December 22, was a grandson of the original Joseph Sawyer, at one time owner of Spilsby Island. His father left Port Lincoln in his younger days and was for years in the Adelaide Hills, but later came back to the district and purchased land on the banks of the Tod River, where he was successful with gardening and dairying. The late Henry James Sawyer carried on the same industry after his father's death. He left a widow, two sons (Elliot and Fred) and two daughters (Betty and Valmai). Mr. Sawyer was a comparatively young man. The following is an appreciation from the Poonindie school children: — "It was in shocked surprise that we scholars of the Poonindie School learnt of the death of one of our most zealous committee members. The deceased was well known and respected throughout the district and has been on our committee for some years. It has been a pleasure to note his enthusiasm and activities in all school functions, picnics, euchre parties, etc., and we cannot forget the numerous gifts of fruit and sweets we have received from him. Perhaps we children realise more fully than most of the adults in the district, his true   character and many kindnesses. We   deeply regret that Mr. Sawyer was   called "home" at such a time, when rejoicing was the order of the season. We convey our most heartfelt sympathy to his widow and children." - from the Port Lincoln Times 06 Jan 1939 (nla.gov.au)

"Mr. H. J. Sawyer 

The death occurred at Poonindie of Mr. Henry James Sawyer, a grandson of the late Joseph Sawyer, at one time owner of Spilsby Island. The late Mr. Sawyer's father purchased land on the banks of the Tod River, where he successfully engaged in dairying and gardening. On his death Mr. H. J. Sawyer carried on the work. He was a returned soldier, and left a widow, two sons (Elliot and Fred), and two daughters (Betty and Valmai)." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 19 Jan 1939 (nla.gov.au)