Henry James (Harry) BEZER


BEZER, Henry James

Service Number: 28053
Enlisted: 5 September 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 7th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Taralga, New South Wales, 5 December 1897
Home Town: Taralga, Upper Lachlan Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Woowin School
Occupation: Wool Classer
Died: Killed in action, Mallard Valley, France, 22 August 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
Originally buried Chipilly Cemetry, France on 22 Aug 1918. Then re-interred at Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, France - Plot IX, Row C, Grave No. 5 on 29 Aug 1918
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Taralga War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

5 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sydney, New South Wales
25 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 28053, 5th Field Artillery Brigade
25 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 28053, 5th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Ascanius, Sydney
22 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 28053, 7th Field Artillery Brigade

Henry - Villers-Brettoneux

Burial on 22 Aug 1918 at Chipilly Cemetry, Vaux Sur Somme, Northern France. According to records Henry was first buried at Chipilly with two other men, and then later moved to Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery.

Burial on 29 Aug 1918 Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, France - Plot IX, Row C, Grave No. 5

Henry James Bezer

Parents - Alfred John Ernest Bezer (Jack) and Helena Mullins

Henry was the only surviving child of Jack, the lone teacher at Woowin school (NSW) for 30 years, and his wife.

Henry's sister, Phyllis had passed away as a young infant when the family all contracted the measles. Jack was an active member in conscripting men for the war effort.

Henry was a farmhand before enlistment.

Military from 25 Oct 1916
Age: 18
Embarked for service aboard HMS Ascanius

Death on 22 Aug 1918, aged 20
Mallard Valley, Northern France;

Henry was working the guns (he was a Gunner), when he was struck by an enemy shell. Henry was between 5'10 and 6', weighed 13 st, hair fair to brown hair, fair complexion and it was said he "was a happy chap well liked by everyone."

After Henry's death, his father Jack was heartbroken and resigned as a teacher. Then in 1919 Jack travelled to France to go looking for Henry's grave at Villers-Brettenoux.

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