Herbert John GEE MC, MiD


GEE, Herbert John

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 1 April 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 11th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Oxford, England, 2 June 1877
Home Town: Atherton, Tablelands, Queensland
Schooling: Oxford High School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, Palestine, 25 September 1918, aged 41 years
Cemetery: Haifa War Cemetery
Haifa War Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 62), Palestine
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

1 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 11th Light Horse Regiment, Brisbane, Queensland
2 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 11th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 11th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Borda, Brisbane
29 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 5th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
25 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 11th Light Horse Regiment, Megiddo - Syria 1918

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Biography contributed by Aberfoyle Park High School

Herbert was born in Oxford, England on the 2nd of June 1877 and was a Christian. He studied at Oxford High School. At 21 years of age he decided to join the 15 Hussars and served 12 years. 5 of those years he served as a Sergeant. At the age of 33 he decided to go to Australia. He then decided to become a farmer in East Barron, Atherton, Queensland.

When the war came around he enlisted on the 29th of December 1914. He then embarked as 2nd Lieutenant on the 11th Light Horse Regiment. He was then involved in the ANZAC Gallipoli campaign in the 5th Light Horse Regiment. He was then promoted to Captain in Syria 1918.

Later in Palestine 1918 he was unfortunately killed in action aged 43 years old. He died unmarried and had no children. His body is currently buried in the Haifa War Cemetery and is named in the Australian War Memorial and The Roll of Honour. He was awarded the Military Cross, British War Medal and The Victory Medal.