HONEYCHURCH, Hector George

Service Numbers: 595, 595B
Enlisted: 23 February 1916, Wangaratta
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wandiligong via Bright, Victoria, Australia, 1896
Home Town: Bright, Alpine, Victoria
Schooling: State School Wandiligong, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Driver
Died: Killed in Action, France, 23 August 1918
Cemetery: Heath Cemetery, Picardie
Plot V, Row D, Grave 17,
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bright Memorial Clock Tower
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World War 1 Service

23 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 595, 37th Infantry Battalion, Wangaratta
3 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, 595, 37th Infantry Battalion
3 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, 595, 37th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Persic, Melbourne
15 Sep 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 5th Infantry Battalion
4 Nov 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 595, Wounded & suffering shell shock Admitted to 12th General Hospital
1 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 595, Gun shot wound to right thigh
26 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 595, Abrasions to back after being buried by a shell
23 Aug 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 595, 5th Infantry Battalion, Died from his wounds
23 Aug 1918: Involvement Private, 595B, 5th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Hector George HONEYCHURCH was born in Wandiligong via Bright in Victoria in 1896

His parents were William Frederick HONEYCHURCH & Isabel Forsyth BROWN

He had previously served in the Senior Cadets & the Citizens Forces for 4 years before he enlisted in Wangaratta on 23rd February, 1916 and embarked with the 37th Infantry Battalion, B Company on 3rd June 1916 from Melbourne on HMAT Persic - he was transferred to the 5th Infantry Battalion on 15th September, 1916

Hector was wounded on 4 occasions & died on 23rd August, 1918 near Harbonnieres in France - he is buried in the Heath Cemetery in Picardie France (Plot V, Row D, Grave 17)

The inscription on his grave reads


Medals:  British War Medal & Victory Medal


Two of his brothers also served in WW1

1. William HONEYCHURCH (SN 4117) - returned to Australia in 1919

2. Henry HONEYCHURCH ( SN 206) Killed in Action on 27.4.1915