Henry Claude LADYMAN

LADYMAN, Henry Claude

Service Number: 2882
Enlisted: 29 March 1916, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 10th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Huddlestone, South Australia, 16 March 1890
Home Town: Katanning, Western Australia
Schooling: Perth Modern School, Western Australia, 1911
Occupation: Wool classer/Farmer
Died: Died of Wounds, El Arish, Palestine, 10 January 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Jerusalem Memorial, Kings Park 10th Light Horse Regiment Memorial WA, Subiaco Perth Modern School WW1Honour Board, Subiaco Perth Modern School War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

29 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2882, 10th Light Horse Regiment, Perth, Western Australia
31 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2882, 10th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '3' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: RMS Malwa embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
31 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2882, 10th Light Horse Regiment, RMS Malwa, Fremantle
9 Jan 1917: Wounded Battle of Magdhaba, Shell wound (left leg)
10 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, 2882, 10th Light Horse Regiment, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2882 awm_unit: 10 Light Horse Regiment awm_rank: Trooper awm_died_date: 1917-01-10

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Son of Henry LADYMAN & Sarah CARTER

Biography contributed by Robert Johnson

Henry Claude  Ladyman was born on 27 March 1890 in Huddleston, South Australia, to parents Henry and Sarah.  The family was farming near Katanning, WA, when Henry, aged 20, commenced at Modern School on 1 February 1911.  After five months he left to become an Agricultural Cadet and later became a wool classer.

Henry enlisted in the 10th Light Horse Regiment on 29 March 1916, two days after his 26th birthday.  His group, the 20th Reinforcements, embarked from Fremantle on 31 July 1916.  After seven weeks in the Suez Canal area, Henry joined the Regiment near Romani on 12 October. 

In July 1916, Turkish forces from Palestine attempted to capture the ground north of the Suez Canal to control passage through it.   British forces defending the Canal, which included the Australian Light Horse, stopped the Turks at the Battle of Romani in August.  Since then the Turks had been pushed back towards Palestine in a series of actions.  At Magdhaba on 23 December the Regiment distinguished itself by charging through very heavy Turkish fire to secure critical water supplies. 

Henry survived Magdhaba but lost his life two weeks later.  On 9 January 1917 the Regiment was ordered to capture a group of Turkish trenches eight kilometres south of Rafah.  At 1:30pm the Regiment charged and at 4:35pm the enemy surrendered.  During this time, Henry was wounded in the lower left leg by shellfire.  He was evacuated to the Field Hospital at El Arish and died there the next day.  His burial service was conducted by the Chaplain; however, his grave could not later be located.

Trooper Henry Ladyman is remembered on the Memorial to the Missing in the Jerusalem War Memorial Cemetery.  He was 26 when he died. 


Perth Modern School records

AWM https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1641847

NAA https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7375472&S=1