Herbert Edward Lascelles RYRIE


RYRIE, Herbert Edward Lascelles

Service Numbers: NX5459, 5459
Enlisted: 3 November 1939, Narromine, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/1st Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Dubbo, New South Wales, 20 August 1901
Home Town: Narromine, Narromine, New South Wales
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Killed In Action, Crete, Greece, 21 May 1941, aged 39 years
Cemetery: Suda Bay War Cemetery (Souda Bay) Greece
Plot 1, Row C, Grave 19
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Narromine War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, SN NX5459
3 Nov 1939: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 5459, 2nd/1st Machine Gun Battalion, Narromine, NSW
3 Nov 1939: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN NX5459, 2nd/1st Machine Gun Battalion
10 Jan 1940: Embarked Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 5459, 2nd/1st Machine Gun Battalion, Ship Orford
21 May 1941: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 5459, 2nd/1st Machine Gun Battalion, "Operation Lustre" Greece 1941

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Herbert Edward Lascelles RYRIE was born on 20th August, 1901 in Dubbo, New South Wales - his war record states 1905 which is incorrect 

His parents were Francis Lascelles RYRIE and Constance Margaret Amelia BAKER

He enlisted to serve in WW2 on 3rd November, 1939 in Narromine, NSW - he was a Private with the 2nd/1st Machine Gun Battalion which embarked for overseas on 10th January, 1940 on the ship Orford

Herbert was Killed in Action on 21st May, 1941 in Crete, and is buried in the Suda Bay War Cemetery 

Inscription on his headstone reads:


His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial, The Roll of Honour in Narromine and a memorial headstone in Narromine General Cemetery, NSW


Three of his brothers also served in WW2

1. Alexander Lascelles RYRIE (NX10003) discharged 1945

2. Douglas Lascelles RYRIE (NX16414)& (N472419) discharged 1943

3. Nelson Lascelles RYRIE (NX22458) & ( NX58406) discharged 1944