Wilfred Lukin HARPER

HARPER, Wilfred Lukin

Service Number: 114
Enlisted: 5 October 1914, Guildford, Western Australia
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 10th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Guildford, Western Australia, 1890
Home Town: Guildford, Swan, Western Australia
Schooling: Guildford Grammar School, Western Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 7 August 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel 10 Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Gingin ANZAC Centennial Wall of Remembrance, Guildford Grammar School War Memorial, Guildford St. Matthew's Anglican Church Honour Roll, Guildford St. Matthew's Anglican Church Men Who Laid Down Their Lives Honour Roll, Guildford War Memorial, Guildford and District Roll of Honour, Kings Park 10th Light Horse Regiment Memorial WA, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

5 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 114, 10th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 114, Guildford, Western Australia
8 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, 114, 10th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Mashobra, Fremantle
16 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, 114, 10th Light Horse Regiment, ANZAC / Gallipoli
7 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, 114, 10th Light Horse Regiment, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Stephen Diver

Enlisted on the same day as his brother Pte Gresley HARPER. They were allocated sequential numbers 113 (Gresley) and 114. They were both attached to 10th Light Horse Regiment and were sadly killed in action, 7 August 1915. HIs Younger brother Pte. Prescot Henry Harper (3346) enlisted on 5 March 1917 and returned to Australia as a Lieutenant in June 1919.

NB His Story is Detailed in Author  Bill Gammage's Seminal and Timeless Work 'The Broken Years'. Bill also Wrote the Novel based on the Australian Movie 'Gallipoli' which is much more Detailed and Faithfull to His Real Story then the Movie itself was. The Novel Also had a Character in it Cut from the Film who was An Australian Army Nurse, and Detailed the Final Fate of those who Survived The Nek. For Example The Character Portrayed by Mel Gibson Survives the War, Opens a Shop to Sell Motor Vehicles in, has 2 Sons after getting Married who then are both Killed in the Next War.

As well as being Shown in Frank Lamberts Painting of the Attack on The Nek in 1915 and Mentioned in Charles Beans History of the Campagin, both Brothers were the Inspiration for the Movie Characters Archy and Frank, Archy's Final Horrifying Death Scene being based on both Lamberts Masterful Painting and Beans Emotion Fueled Words.


Original Obituary 

The West Australian 

25 August 1915

http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/harper-wilfred-lukin-13771 (oa.anu.edu.au)

Article Written on Both Brothers and the Connection between the Film etc

Strongest Sons Ran Towards Certain Death

The West Australian 

25 April 2014

https://thewest.com.au/news/strongest-sons-ran-towards-certain-death-ng-ya-369830 (thewest.com.au)