Henry James Vivian PRIESTLEY

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PRIESTLEY, Henry James Vivian

Service Number: 335
Enlisted: 2 September 1914, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 11th Infantry Battalion
Born: Westbury, Tasmania, 7 July 1887
Home Town: Leederville, Vincent, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Draftsman
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Baby 700 Cemetery, Anzac
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hampton RSL Gallipoli Memorial Gardens, West Leederville St Barnabas Anglican Church Honour WW1 Board, West Leederville St Barnabas Anglican Church Priestly Plaque, West Leederville War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

2 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 335, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
2 Nov 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 335, 11th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Nov 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 335, 11th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Fremantle
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 335, 11th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Rosemary Ritorto

Henry James Vivian Priestley married Janet Nicola Tomkins in Leederville, Western Australia 1913. Registration Number: 51

(Births, Deaths and Marriages, Department of Justice, Government of Western Australia)

Priestley Lane, West Leederville, Western Australia is named in honour of Private H. J. V. Priestley.

(Cheah, Leesa [2011?], Dunny Runs, Heroes and Heroines: Historical Laneways of West Leederville and Wembley, Town of Cambridge, Floreat, Western Australia. p. 63)

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Perkins

Vivian was the 17th child of 18 children born to Major George and Catherine Priestley. He grew up on a farm in Westbury, N.W. Tasmania. He moved to Perth W.A. after his father died and joined the 11th Bn A.I.F. on 17th Aug 1914. He was photographed in the famous WWI photo of the 703 men on the Pyramids in Egypt, on 10th Jan 1915. The Western Australian Genealogical Society wanted to name as many as they could on the Pyramid for 100th Anniversary of ANZAC Day - 2015. He is No.592 on their graph! It took his family 4 years to finally discover what had happened to Vivian at Gallipoli, at first being told he was a POW of the Turks. His name is on the "First To Fall" Register.

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