Harry Thomas WESTALL


WESTALL , Harry Thomas

Service Numbers: 560, 762
Enlisted: 26 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 20th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glanville, South Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Largs Bay, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Flinders Street School, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died from wounds (received at Gallipoli), At Sea aboard Hospital Ship Maheno, 5 September 1915, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No Known Grave.
Memorials: Adelaide Holy Trinity Church WW1 Honour Board 1, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

26 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 560, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 560, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
10 Apr 1915: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 560, 10th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia: Discharged for disciplinary reasons
26 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Liverpool, New South Wales
25 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 762, 20th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 762, 20th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Berrima, Sydney
3 Sep 1915: Wounded Private, SN 762, 20th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, Gun-shot wound (general shrapnel wound?) Left Arm

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Harry Thomas Westall enlisted at Morphettville, South Australia on 26 August 1914. He embarked with the 10th Battalion at Adelaide on 20 October 1914. Between 26 October and 31 October 1914, Harry Westall went AWL (absent without leave) on the mainland when the first convey of troopships heading to the Middle East were forming up in Western Australian waters. After being rounded up by fellow soldiers he forfeited 6 days’ pay and was confined to detention for 20 - 80 hours. It was then seen fit to return him to Adelaide where he would be discharged. He was discharged on disciplinary grounds on 10 April 1915.    

Harry then travelled to Sydney, NSW and re-enlisted a few weeks later as Harry Thomas Stone at Liverpool, NSW on 26 May 1915. He embarked with the 20th Battalion and landed at Gallipoli. He was wounded in the left arm on 3 September 1915 and was transferred to a hospital ship, however, on 5 September 1915 he died of his wounds. 



Private H. T. Westall, of the 20th Battalion, who died of wounds on September 5, 1915, at the Dardanelles, was the only son of Mr. T. Westall, of Sefton-street, Largs Bay. He was 24 years of age, and had spent most of his life in the country and the other States. He was a noted rifle shot, and when only 15 years of age he tied for the kingship of the Kersbrook Rifle Club with Mr. Nepean Smith, one of the crack shots of the district. He was one of two to make the possible at his first rifle test at Morphettville, when he joined, out of nearly one hundred competitors. He was of a genial disposition, and his death is greatly regretted." from the Adelaide Chronicle 16 Oct 1915 (nla.gov.au)