Henry James KANE


KANE, Henry James

Service Numbers: 2827, V12703
Enlisted: 22 November 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 38th Infantry Battalion
Born: Maryborough, Victoria, Australia, 15 December 1897
Home Town: Richmond (V), Yarra, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bootmaker
Died: Illness, Australian Camp Staff at Puckapunyal, Victoria, 3 December 1942, aged 44 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

22 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2827, 38th Infantry Battalion
16 Dec 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2827, 38th Infantry Battalion
16 Dec 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2827, 38th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Medic, Melbourne

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN V12703

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

How We Served
Springvale War Cemetery, the final resting place for; - 2827, VX10411 & V12703 Corporal Henry James Kane of Maryborough, Richmond South and St. Kilda, Victoria who at the time of his enlistment for War Service on the 13th of November 1916 had been employed as a boot maker.

Henry was allocated to reinforcements for the 38th Battalion 1st AIF, and was embarked for England and further training on the 16th of December.

Disembarked on arrival in England on the 18th of February 1917, Henry entered into camp with the 10th Australian Overseas Training Battalion, before being shipped over to France where he arrived on the 3rd of November 1917, and was officially taken on strength with his Battalion in the field on the 8th of November.

Henry’s service in the trenches was to be continuous until he was evacuated sick on the 17th of June 1918 suffering from debility, and was returned to England where he was admitted into hospital on the 24th of June.

Following a period of hospitalization, then convalescence, Henry was retained in England where he served with Overseas Training Battalions, until he was transferred to AIF Headquarters in London on the 28th of December 1918.

With the War now over, Henry began his repatriation back to Australia, departing England on the 9th of August 1919. Following his return to Australia, Henry received his official discharge from the 1st AIF on the 4th of November for his re-entry into civilian life.

With the start of a second World War, Henry again presented himself for enlistment, dropping his age by seven years so as to be accepted for overseas service, on the 22nd of February 1940, and was taken on strength with the Australian Corps of Signals.

Henry was discharged from the 2nd AIF on the 25th of March 1941, and almost immediately re-joined the Australian Military Forces under his correct age, on the 7th of April. Posted to the Australian Camp Staff at Puckapunyal, Henry continued to serve until his death due to illness occurred on the 3rd of December 1942, at the age of 44.

Following his premature passing whilst on service with the Australian Military Forces, Corporal Henry Kane, a veteran of two Wars, was formally laid to rest within Springvale War Cemetery, Victoria.