Herbert Edward BOOKER

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BOOKER, Herbert Edward

Service Number: 1905
Enlisted: 1 March 1915, Place of Enlistment, Cairns, Queensland.
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia, 17 January 1894
Home Town: Cairns, Cairns, Queensland
Schooling: Brisbane Grammar School Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 8 August 1915, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Brisbane Grammar School Memorial Library WW1 Honour Board 1, Bundaberg War Memorial, Cairns Cenotaph, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

1 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1905, 15th Infantry Battalion, Place of Enlistment, Cairns, Queensland.
16 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1905, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
16 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1905, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
8 Aug 1915: Involvement Corporal, SN 1905, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

Herbert Edward Booker

Herbert Edward Booker was born on the 17 January 1894 in Port Douglas, the second of 3 children of Arthur Sidney Booker and Elizabeth Rose Hurley. His brother Arthur John born 1896 and sister Mabel Rose 1893.

Prior to his enlistment he was mobilized by war service in August 1914 and embarked Cairns on 6 August for Thursday Island War Station Garrison Duty. He enlisted on 14 August for service outside Australia. He re-embarked at Thursday Island on 16 August on the Troopship “Kanowna” to take part in the capture of German New Guinea. He was taken on strength of the A.N. & M.E.F. on 6 September 1914. The ship returned to Townsville on 18 September on account on the trouble caused by the firemen on the troop ship and did not participate in the capture of German New Guinea. He was discharged on 18 September 1914.

He again enlisted in Cairns on 13 February 1915, he was 21 years of age, occupation a Clerk, and next of kin his father Arthur S Booker, Sub Collector Customs, Cairns. He was 5 feet 6 inches in height, weighed 140 pounds with a fair complexion, grey eyes and dark brown hair. He was Church of England. His brother, Arthur John Booker, No. 2574 enlisted on 19 May 1915 and by coincidence embarked on the same ship on 16 August 1915. He returned to Australia on 20 May 1919.

Herbert joined the 15 Infantry Battalion and embarked from Brisbane on the HMAT Kyarra for the Gallipoli Peninsula landing on 13 July 1915 and was killed in action just over a month later on 16 August 1915. He is remembered at Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey. In the Roll of Honour in the Queenslander Newspaper, Brisbane of 16 October 1915, he is listed as A- Q.M.S. H E Booker (Acting Quarter Master Sergeant) but he had reverted to rank just prior to his death.
Courtesy of The Cairns District Family History Society.

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