Harold Hampden (Billie) DONKIN


DONKIN, Harold Hampden

Service Number: 2627
Enlisted: 2 August 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wingham, New South Wales, 23 October 1884
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Private Tuition
Occupation: Civil servant
Died: Killed in Action, France, 26 July 1916, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

2 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2627, Liverpool, New South Wales
2 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2627, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2627, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
15 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 17th Infantry Battalion
26 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2627, 17th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography contributed by Paul Trevor

'Lance-Corporal Harold Hampden Donkin was born at Rye Hill and educated at Wingham, and is the son of the late Edward Donkin, of Rye Hill, via Wingham. He is 32 years of age, and enlisted at Manly, Sydney, in 1915. He trained at Liverpool Camp and sailed for Egypt on 2nd November, 1917, per s.s. "Euripides." He went on to France in April, 1916, and went into action at Fleurbaix. He was killed in action at Pozieres on 26th July, 1916.' from Australia's Fighting Sons of the Empire


Rev. H. Kitley received a wire on Wednesday night requesting him to
communicate to the Donkin family the death in battle in France of Sergeant Harold Donkin. The death took place some weeks ago.' 
from The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer 9 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)


Lance-Corporal H. H. Donkin, to whose death in France we briefly referred last week, was the youngest son of the late Edward and Mrs. Donkin, of Rye Hill, Karaak Flat. Deceased was born on October 23rd, 1884. He enlisted in June, 1915, and sailed in the Eurypides on Nov. 2nd, 1915, 6th Reinforcements, 17th Battalion. He was killed in action between July 26th and August 7th. Before leaving N.S.W., Lance-Cpl. Donkin occupied a position in the Government Supply Department, being head of the Stationery Department. He was Secretary of the North Steyne Surfing Club, and also a great tennis player. Deceased was a member of the Neutral Bay Masonic Lodge, and all who had the privilege of his acquaintance will keenly regret his demise.' from The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer 13 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)


DONKIN.- Killed in action, France, between July 26 and August 7, 1916, Harold H. Donkin, late of Manly. Inserted by Geo. D. and E. Donkin, Narbethong, Manly.' from The Sydney Morning Herald 14 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)

'Australian Heroes.

A service in memoriam the late Lance-Corporal H. H. Donkin will be
conducted in St. Matthew's Church of England, Wingham, at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday.' from The Northern Champion 16 Sep 1916 (nla.gov.au)