William Valentine HERBERT AFC

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HERBERT, William Valentine

Service Numbers: 622, 2151
Enlisted: 25 January 1915, Deans Marsh, Victoria
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 8 Elementary Flying Training School
Born: Ocean Grove, Victoria, 28 July 1893
Home Town: Lorne, Surf Coast, Victoria
Schooling: Trinity Grammar School
Occupation: Station overseer/Grazier/Agriculture Dept. field officer
Died: Fell from Cliff, Newport, New South Wales, 21 September 1941, aged 48 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
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Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lorne Residents of Lorne District Roll of Honor, Lorne School Honor Roll, Lorne War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

25 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 622, Deans Marsh, Victoria
11 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 622, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Karroo, Melbourne
11 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 622, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 622, 9th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
3 Mar 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 622, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Melbourne, Victoria
23 Dec 1916: Enlisted Second Lieutenant, No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Melbourne, Victoria
17 Jan 1917: Embarked Second Lieutenant, No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, RMS Omrah, Melbourne
17 Jan 1917: Involvement Second Lieutenant, No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Oct 1917: Promoted Lieutenant
17 Oct 1918: Promoted Captain, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
17 Nov 1919: Discharged Captain, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)

World War 2 Service

1 Mar 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, SN 2151
21 Sep 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 2151, No. 8 Elementary Flying Training School, Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

FELL OVER CLIFF
Flying Officer Killed
ACCIDENT DURING HOLIDAY.
SYDNEY. Sunday.
William Valentine Herbert, 48, R.A.A.F. flying officer, was fatally injured today When he fell 35 feet over a cliff at Newport. He suffered a fractured skull and died while ambulance men were forcing a path through dense bush in an effort to reach him. Herbert, who was attached to the Narellan flying training school, had been holidaying with his sons at Newport. His son, William George Herbert, 17, was with him when he fell and he ran a mile for assistance. The body lodged on a rock ledge.

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