Harrie Alexander (Harry) HARLEY


HARLEY, Harrie Alexander

Service Numbers: 52827, V13240
Enlisted: 11 February 1918, 2nd General Service Reinforcements (Egypt) (Victoria)
Last Rank: Staff Sergeant
Last Unit: 8th Light Horse Regiment
Born: South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 12 July 1889
Home Town: Dandenong, Greater Dandenong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Illness , Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 23 April 1944, aged 54 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
Springvale War Cemetery, Springvale, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

11 Feb 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 52827, 2nd General Service Reinforcements (Egypt) (Victoria)
22 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 52827, 8th Light Horse Regiment, 3rd MD

World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN V13240
16 Apr 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Staff Sergeant, SN V13240

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served
The final resting place for; - 52827 & V13240 Staff Sergeant Harrie (aka Harry) Alexander Harley of South Melbourne and Dandenong, Victoria who had been engaged in farming when he enlisted for War Service on the 11th of February 1918.

Harrie was allocated to the 2nd General Service Reinforcements 1st AIF and was embarked for Egypt and further training on the 10th of June.

Having arrived safely, Harrie was taken on strength with the 8th Light Horse Regiment on the 4th of September.
With the War against Turkey coming to its end, Harrie served with his Regiment in the final days of the campaign and remained on duty following the end of the War, during which his service in the field would be continuous, aside a short period of hospitalization due to sickness.

Harrie began his repatriation back to Australia on the 3rd of July 1919, and following his return back to Australia he received his official discharge from the 1st AIF for his re-entry into civilian life on the 28th of August 1919.

With the outbreak of a Second World War, Harrie again presented himself for service with the Australian Military Forces on the 16th of April 1941, and was accepted for full-time duty with the Australian Army Pay Corps.

Promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant, Harrie was taken on strength with the Australian Army Pay Corps Accounts Office Victoria Line of Communication 3rd Military District, with which he would serve continuously until he was evacuated due to sickness.

Whilst still being hospitalized, Harrie succumbed to sickness on the 23rd of April 1944, at the age of 54.
Following his passing Staff Sergeant Harrie Harley, a veteran of two World Wars, and who had died whilst again in the service of the Australian Military Forces, was formally interred within Springvale War Cemetery, Victoria.