Henry Venn KING

KING, Henry Venn

Service Number: Commissioned Officer
Enlisted: 24 September 1915
Last Rank: Colonel
Last Unit: 2nd Remount Unit
Born: Sydney, NSW, 7 December 1842
Home Town: Kingsthorpe, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Sydney Grammar School
Occupation: Grazier and Colliery Owner
Died: Kingsthorpe, Toowoomba, Queensland, 1929, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery, Queensland
Memorials: Toowoomba Roll of Honour WW1
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World War 1 Service

24 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Colonel, Commissioned Officer, 2nd Remount Unit
10 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Colonel, Commissioned Officer, 2nd Remount Unit, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '24' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Orsova embarkation_ship_number: A67 public_note: ''

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Henry Venn King, grazier and colliery owner, had been an officer with the colonial-era Darling Downs Mounted Infantry volunteers since 1889. After Federation he was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel commanding Toowoomba’s 14th Regiment Australian Light Horse. In August 1914 he was appointed Assistant Director of Remounts for Queensland to acquire 300 horses suitable for artillery and light transport. In September 1915 he was commissioned Colonel in command of the 2nd Remount Unit and arrived in Egypt in December. He commanded about 500 officers and others ranks with responsibility for thousands of horses. In March 1916 his unit was reduced by half and merged with the similarly halved 1st Remounts to create a single unit known as the Remount Depot led by Colonel Duncan McLeash. He returned to Australia and his appointment was terminated in June.