Hubert Leigh (Bert) STARR

STARR, Hubert Leigh

Service Number: 517
Enlisted: 8 February 1915, Enlisted at Townsville, QLD
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 25th Infantry Battalion
Born: Young, New South Wales, Australia, 1888
Home Town: Young, Young, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Grocer
Died: Dysentery, At sea (HS Gascon), 29 September 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, buried at sea Captain R.H. Beasley of HS Gascon officiated Panel 67, Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cowra & District Great War Honor Roll, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

8 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 517, 25th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Townsville, QLD
29 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, 517, 25th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
29 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, 517, 25th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Brisbane

More About Hubert

Hubert enlisted at 27 years 4 months of age. He was 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. He was a Methodist and served with the 29th Battallion of the AIF.

Hubert fell ill on 30 September 1915 while on the Gallipoli Peninsula and on 3/10/1915 was admitted to the 7th Field Ambulance and on the same day (or on 2 October 1915) was received by HS Gascon from Command Malta. His burial at see report was made on 26 October 1915.

Notification of Hubert's death was sent to his brother AJ Starr, Commercial Public School, Mosman, NSW (Hubert's only surviving brother, his parents being deceased) , as were his personal effects (disc, pipe, purse, testament, torchlights, photo, scissors, notebook, and book) from Egypt.


A Bit About Bert

LANCE-CORPORAL H. L. STARR. Lance-Corporal Hubert L. (Bert) Starr (died of illness on hospital ship Gascon, buried at sea on September 23) was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Starr, of "The Pines," Young. For some years he held a clerical position on the stall of the Public Works Department, during which time he took a prominent part in the North Shore Rowing Club. For the past two years he had been in Queensland, where he enlisted, sailing for Egypt on July 7 last with the 25th Battalion.

Daily Telegraph, Sydney, Saturday 16 October 1915

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Next of kin given as his brother A.J. Starr of 'The Pines', Young, NSW

Medals: 1914-15 Starr, British War Medal, Victory Medal