Henry Joseph LACY

LACY, Henry Joseph

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 26 May 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Moreton Island, Queensland, Australia, 20 July 1860
Home Town: Red Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Book-keeper
Died: Natural causes, Toowong, Queensland, 22 October 1927, aged 67 years
Cemetery: Toowong (Brisbane General) Cemetery, Queensland
Plot 7A, Row 194, Grave No. 25
Memorials: Brisbane Logan & Albert 9th Battalion Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

26 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Brisbane, Queensland
29 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 26th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Brisbane embarkation_ship: HMAT Aeneas embarkation_ship_number: A60 public_note: ''
29 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Brisbane
4 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 26th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
29 Mar 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 26th Infantry Battalion, Appointment terminated in Australia due to illness and debility

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor


A large circle of friends will regret to learn of the death of Captain Henry Joseph Lacy, last Saturday, after a long illness. The funeral took place yesterday to the Toowong Cemetery, and was largely attended by relatives and by comrades of the Defence Department. The deceased, who was born at Bulwer Pilot Station, Moreton Island, in 1860, had a long military career. He enlisted at the age of 14 years in the Artillery Band, which, at that time, had rooms where the Supreme Court buildings now stand. After three years' service he resigned, and in June, 1879, enlisted in C Company of the Queensland Volunteer Rifles, in which he served until June, 1884, as sergeant under the command of Captain G. E. Smith.

After 10 years' service he left the army, and became an express rider in North Queensland, and was the first man to convey mails from Cairns to Herberton. Later, Mr. Lacy returned to Brisbane, and in 1896 joined the Field Artillery, as a gunner, under the command of Major Foxton. He attained the rank of Brigade-quartermaster, and later lieutenant, and, on August 1, 1906, was presented with the long service medal. He continued his service with the artillery until 1914, when he was transferred to the 9th Infantry, under the command of Lieut.-Col. G. H. Ferguson.

In 1915 he enlisted for active service, and was attached to the 26th Battalion, 7th Brigade, leaving Australia in July of that year. After serving in Egypt and Gallipoli he was invalided to Australia, and later was called for duty and attached to Frasers' Paddock Camp. Shortly afterwards he was appointed adjutant at the Sergeants' School of Instruction. Later he was commanding officer at Lytton, an appointment he held until 1918. The deceased gentleman was employed by Messrs. Watson, Ferguson, and Co. for more than 40 years. He leaves his widow, a married daughter (Mrs. S. Crombie, Blackbutt), and two sons (Messrs. E. L. Lacy and O. I. Lacy, the latter of whom also served with the Australian Forces in France).' from The Brisbane Courier 25 Oct 1927 (nla.gov.au)