DAVIES, Harold

Service Number: 184
Enlisted: 17 August 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: North Fitzroy, Victoria, December 1894
Home Town: Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria
Schooling: Victoria Park State School and Melbourne High School
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Died of wounds, Ebblinghem, France, 18 April 1918
Cemetery: Ebblinghem Military Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 184, Melbourne, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 184, 6th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 184, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 184, 6th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
17 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 184, 6th Infantry Battalion, GSW (back)

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Biography contributed by Richard Horton

Harold was an original ANZAC who took part in the original landing at Gallipoli as part of the second wave. He was first wounded during this action and was subsequently sent to hospital in Alexandria.

Harols was later transferred for service in France and ultimately passed away as a result of wounds suffered from the impact of a HE shell whilst returning from HQ on the 18th April 1918 nearly three years after being involved at the original landing at Gallipoli 

"184 Private Harold Davies, 6th Battalion of North Fitzroy, Victoria, an Anzac... A school teacher prior to enlisting, he embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Hororata (A20) on 19 October 1914. On 17 April 1918, as he was returning to battalion headquarters and when in La Motte Wood, France, Pte Davies was mortally wounded by a high explosive shell which landed near him. He died of wounds on 18 April 1918 at the 15th Casualty Clearing Station, Ebblinghem, France, aged 23 years. He is buried in the Ebblinghem Military Cemetery, France."SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)