Horace George Frederick WISEMAN


WISEMAN, Horace George Frederick

Service Number: 2870
Enlisted: 4 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Machine Gun Company
Born: North Adelaide, South Australia, 9 August 1894
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Sturt Street Public School
Occupation: Salesman/Softgoods assistant
Died: Died of wounds (gas shell), Thistledump Dressing Station, Belgium, 27 October 1916, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Thistle Dump Cemetery, High Wood, Longueval
Row E, Grave 26
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, CowellHB1*, CowellM*
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World War 1 Service

4 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2870, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2870, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2870, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Aug 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 8th Machine Gun Company
27 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2870, 8th Machine Gun Company, Polygon Wood
27 Oct 1916: Wounded Private, SN 2870, 8th Machine Gun Company, Polygon Wood, Gas shell

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Horace George Frederick WISEMAN was born on 9th August, 1894 in North Adelaide, South Australia

His parents were Samuel WISEMAN and Evelyn Grace Whitehead HAINES who married on 28th September,1893 in the Wesleyan Church, Londsdale Street, Melbourne

Horace had previous service with the 78th Battalion (Senior Cadets) & then transferred to the Citizens Forces - after a stint in the NCO Training School he rapidly rose through the ranks to Sergeant Major

He enlisted on 4th August, 1915 in Adelaide and embarked with the 32nd Infantry Battalion, 6th Reinforcements on 11th April, 1916

Horace died on 27th October 1916 at the Thistledump Dressing Station of Gas Poisoning  - he is buried in Thistle Dump Cemetery, Longueval, Picardie, France and his name is also memorialised on the Australian War Memorial

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal


Article from the Journal, Adelaide, Monday 19th March, 1917

Late Sergeant Major Horace WISEMAN

On Saturday news was received that Sgt-Major Horace Wiseman, eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. S. Wiseman (senior) of Cowell, had died of gas poisoning at the dressing station in France on Oct.27th 1916.  He was 22 years of age last August 1915 and entered the Non Commissioned Officers Training School and quickly rose to the rank of Sergeant Major.  He left Australia on April 11th, 1916 attached to the 32nd Battalion.

On arriving in France he joined the 8th Machine Gun Company and owing to the scarcity of men, volunteered as a Private.  In November last, Mr. Wiseman received word that his son had been wounded and although diligent enquiries were made through various sources, nothing further could be learned until news of the soldiers death was received, nearly four months afterwards.  The late Sgt Major Wiseman lived for the greater part of his life in Adelaide and went to Cowell with his parents 3 years ago.  He took a keen interest in the Methodist Church and was a member of the choir and taught a class of boys at Sunday School.  he also took an active interest in the Boy Scout Movement and was assistant scoutmaster of the Cowell Troop.