Oswald Harry (Jack) CURREY

CURREY, Oswald Harry

Service Number: 10139
Enlisted: 1 September 1915
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 5th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 21 June 1883
Home Town: West Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Sheep expert
Died: Adamstown, New South Wales, Australia, 12 February 1951, aged 67 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
ANGLICAN 3-186. 58
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World War 1 Service

1 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 10139, 5th Field Artillery Brigade
17 Dec 1915: Embarked Gunner, SN 10139, 5th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Berrima, Sydney
17 Dec 1915: Involvement Gunner, SN 10139, 5th Field Artillery Brigade
16 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Driver, 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column
25 Jan 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 5th Field Artillery Brigade
16 May 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 10139, 5th Field Artillery Brigade , Penetrating SW to back
19 Apr 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 10139, 5th Field Artillery Brigade , 2nd MD

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
A Forgotten Digger of The Great War not resting peacefully at Sandgate Cemetery.

70 years ago today, on the Wednesday morning of the 14th February 1951, Gunner Oswald Harry (Jack) Currey, 5th Australian Field Artillery Brigade (105th Australian Howitzer Battery, Reg No-10139), sheep expert from Campbell's Hill, West Maitland, New South Wales and 472 Glebe Road, Adamstown, N.S.W., was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 67. ANGLICAN 3-186. 58.

Born at Newcastle, New South Wales on the 21st June 1883 to Samuel and Louisa Jane Currey, Jack enlisted September 1915 at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Wounded in action - 16.5.1918 (penetrating GSW wound to back, severe), Jack was invalided home February 1919, being discharged on the 9th April 1919.

Mr Currey’s name has been inscribed on the Maitland & District Municipal Roll of Honor (photo, unveiled date unknown, located at 3 Cathedral Street, Maitland, N.S.W.), and was a member of the Newcastle Operative Painters & Decorators Union.
Upon locating Jack resting at an unmarked grave, forgotten, I placed a cross adorned with poppies on the gravesite June 2016, taken a photo of the grave and uploaded the photo onto the Northern Cemetery website as a permanent record of his service.

Younger brother Harold Slater (5th Australian Field Ambulance, Reg No-2789, born 1887, died 1976, Albury, N.S.W.) also served 1st A.I.F.

I shall be submitting an application to DVA asking for a Commonwealth War Graves Plaque, curbing and marble chip to restore honour and dignity to Mr Currey.
Lest We Forget.