David Bernard HARFORD

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HARFORD, David Bernard

Service Number: 3844
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of wounds, France, 31 March 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

12 Feb 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3844, 28th Infantry Battalion
12 Feb 1916: Embarked Private, SN 3844, 28th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Fremantle
31 Mar 1917: Involvement Private, SN 3844, 51st Infantry Battalion

Sniper at Flers

Private D.B. Harford wrote:

‘At six o’clock this morning I shot a Hun, an observer, at 400 yards. I happened to spot him with a pair of field glasses I had borrowed. He was all alone, looking through a pair of field glasses with his head and shoulders above the parapet (foolish fellow). My loophole was well hidden, a plate of steel (or iron, I am not certain which). About three eighths of an inch thick, set into the parapet, with a hole just big enough to put the rifle through. There was a big bush of giant nettles growing around the loophole, which added to its invisibility. Took careful but quick aim and pulled the trigger. He spread his arms out and fell backwards, throwing his glasses in the air as he fell. When I saw him fall a queer thrill shot through me, it was a different feeling to that which I had when I shot my first kangaroo, when I was a boy. For one instant I felt sick and faint, but the feeling soon passed and I was my normal self again and looking for more shots, which I did not get that day.’

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