Harry Ernest HORTON

HORTON, Harry Ernest

Service Numbers: 6120, 20091
Enlisted: 26 June 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Sea Transport Staff
Born: Islington, New South Wales, 6 September 1891
Home Town: Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm labourer/Waiter
Died: Randwick, New South Wales, 12 December 1923, aged 32 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Rookwood Independent Cemetery
Memorials: Sydney Memorial (Sydney War Cemetery) Rookwood
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World War 1 Service

26 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6120, Sydney, New South Wales
25 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6120, 20th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Sydney
25 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6120, 20th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6120, 20th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
30 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6120, 20th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages
2 Feb 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 6120, 20th Infantry Battalion
8 Apr 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 20091, Sydney, New South Wales
8 May 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 20091, Sea Transport Staff, RMS Osterley, Sydney
8 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 20091, Sea Transport Staff, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
28 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 20091, Sea Transport Staff

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Biography

Harry was born as Harold Ernest Owen Farquharson.

Mother Alice Farquharson married Edward Lloyd Horton  in 1897.

Harold adopted his step-fathers name ('Horton'), and Mother Alice Horton (nee Farquaharson),
living at 51 Marshall Street, Moore Park, NSW.

Siblings:
Reg Horton, Alice Horton, Lloyd Horton and Fred Horton.

26/6/1916        completed medical at Victoria Barracks, Sydney, NSW

8/7/1916          Dubbo Depot Battalion, Dubbo

25/8/1916        20th Battalion, Liverpool, NSW

25/10/1916      Embarked Sydney, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius
28/12/1916      disembarked into Devonport, England 

29/12/1916       marched in to No.5 Training Battalion, Rollestone, England

29/5/1917         proceeded overseas to France, ex Southampton

In 1917, the 20th was involved in one of four battalions to defeat a counter-stroke by a German force, almost five times as strong, at Lagnicourt. The Battalion took part in the  battle at Bullecourt  in France.

19/6/1917         marched out to unit (20th Battalion), Havre, France
22/6/1917         rejoined 20th Battalion in the field (from hospital), Etaples, France

15/7/1917         reported sick with pains all over body and legs, sweats and shivers
                        sent to hospital and cardial condition found unsatisfactory

18/7/1917         admitted to Field Ambulance sick, France

27/7/1917         embarked on board Aberdonian, for England
28/7/1917         admitted to University War Hospital, Southampton, England

31/10/1917       sick with trench fever
                        embarked from England on board HMAT A35 Berrima, for return to Australia
31/12/1917       disembarked into Australia

2/2/1918           discharged from service in AIF

Described on enlisting as 26 years 7 months old; single; 5' 8" tall; 136 lbs;
dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair; Church of England.

24 years 9 months old; single; 5' 8 3/4" tall; 127 lbs;
medium complexion; brown eyes; dark brown hair; Church of England.

Living with mother Mrs A Norton at 51 Marshall Street, Moore Park, New South Wales.

10/4/1918         Enlisted at Victoria Barracks, Sydney, New South Wales

11/4/1918         Commanding Officer appointe Harry to Army Medical Corps, Liverpool, NSW

8/5/1918           Appointed to No.2 Section Sea Transport Staff

8/5/1918           Re-Embarked from Sydney on board RMS Osterley
                        as a Private, No.2 Sea Transport Staff
10/7/1918          disembarked to hospital (Influenza) in Liverpool, England

10/12/1918        returned home to Australia on board HS Somali, ex England
10/2/1919          disembarked into Australia

22/2/1919          discharged from service in AIF

Medals:
British war medal (59464) and Victory medal (57641)

12/12/1923       Harry passed away  (32 years)
                        in the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW
buried in:          Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood, NSW
                        Sydney War Cemetery
                        Wall 10; Row 10; Panel A.

On behalf of Ron Horton.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  21/4/2015.  Lest we forget.

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