Henry Allwright BETTS


BETTS, Henry Allwright

Service Number: 12
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 1st Tasmanian Mounted Infantry Contingent
Born: Hobart, Tasmania, 23 January 1878
Home Town: Hobart, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Teacher's assistant (Macquarie State School)
Died: Killed in Action, Dohnerpoch, South Africa, 20 June 1900, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Diamond Hill Cemetery, Cullinan, South Africa
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Hobart Boer War Memorial, Launceston Boer War Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, SN 12, 1st Tasmanian Mounted Infantry Contingent
20 Jun 1900: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Lance Corporal, SN 12, 1st Tasmanian Mounted Infantry Contingent

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Henry Allwright BETTS was born on 23rd January 1878 in Hobart Tasmania

His parents were John Richard BETTS and Fanny Elizabeth WILKINSON

He enlisted with the First Tasmanian Mounted Infantry Contingent which left Launceston Tasmania on 27th October 1899 on board the transport ship MEDIC and arrived in Cape Town on 26th November

Henry was an assistant school teacher at Macquarie State School and also a Private in the Brighton Detachment when he took time off to enlist with the Mounted Infantry - he was promoted from Private to Lance Corporal

He was killed in action  while in patrol duty near Dohnerpoch on 20th June, 1900 and is buried in Diamond Hill Memorial Cemetery Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

BURIAL INFORMATION - Diamond Hill Cemetery (www.findagrave.com)

PHOTO OF HIS MEMORIAL TABLET (monumentaustralia.org.au)

TROVE ARTICLE about Henrys Father (trove.nla.gov.au)who was also in the Military and info about his Memorial plaque




The Mercury Hobart 28th June, 1900

"Death of a Tasmanian Soldier

His Excellency the Governor has received the following cablegram from Sir Alfred Milnor - regret to inform you that Corporal H A Betts was killed near Dohnerpoch on June 20,  H A Betts was previously a Private in the Brighton detachment. He was 21 years of age, a native of Hobart as was also is his father J R Betts , sometime adjuncant in the Tasmanian Rifle Regiment .  Corpora Betts was on leave from his position as assistant teacher at Macquarie State School."

The Mercury Hobart 20th June 1902

"In Memoriam

BETTS - In memory of Henry Allwright Betts, Lance Corporal, First Tasmanian Contingent to South Africa, killed on patrol duty near Edendale, Transvaal on June 20, 1900.  Commended by Lieutenant Colonel Cameron for devotion to duty and conduct in the action near Karee." 

He received the South African medal and four clasps

PHOTO of Henry and article of interest on the following site (www.gravesoftas.com.au)