Harold Egerton MALPAS


MALPAS, Harold Egerton

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 1 March 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 7th Machine Gun Company
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 30 October 1894
Home Town: Unley, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Gilles Street School, Hoggs Commercial College
Occupation: Draftsman
Died: Killed in Action, Picardie, France, 7 August 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps
(I. JJ. 19.) Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide St Mary Magdalene Church Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

1 Mar 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 7th Machine Gun Company, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
29 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, SN Officer, HMAT A2 Geelong
27 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 7th Machine Gun Company, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Battle for Pozières

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The death is announced from France of Lieut. H. E. Malpas, son of Mr. and Mrs. W G. Malpas, of Miller street, North Unley. The deceased soldier was in his 22nd year. He was educated at the Gilles street School and at Hogg's Commercial College, and entered the public service in the Survey Department about five years ago. He was keenly interested in military work, and received his commission as lieutenant in the cadets, which qualified him for a transfer to commissioned rank in the Citizen Forces. He became officer commanding the machine gun section of the 74th Battalion. He was chosen by Lieut.-Col. Dollman to command a machine gun section for active service, and left South Australia in May of last year.

He was an earnest worker at St. Mary Magdalene, the church of the St. Peters College Mission, not only as altar server but also as Secretary of the Sunday school and of the tennis club. For some years he identified himself thoroughly with all the varied interests of the mission, and few were better known or more highly esteemed than he.

He served for some tune at Gallipoli, and was invalided to England with enteric fever, and, after about eight months on the sick list, he was recommended by a military board to return to Australia on six months' light work. He thought it his duty, however, to go back to his men in the firing lines and applied to be sent to France, where he met his death on August 7. There is one brother, Cyril, employed in the State Bank." - from the Adelaide Register 02 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)