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Harold Charles HINCKFUSS

Regimental number640
Place of birthBrisbane, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelephone mechanic
Address35 William Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22.2
Height5' 10"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinFather, Charles Hickfuss, 35 William Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed for 1 year 2 months in Engineer Signallers, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date10 June 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Division Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 3 March 1919

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 66
Date: 2 May 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'During the attack East of VILLERS BRETONNEUX, near AMIENS on the morning of the 8th August 1918, this N.C.O. was in charge of lines. On arrival of the Brigade Forward Party at their objective, it was found that the lines had been cut behind them. Sergeant HINCKFUSS immediately set out himself with his Corporal, and personally mended these lines under a heavy enemy barrage. During the attack on the afternoon of the 9th August 1918, he took charge of the Brigade Forward Station. While the positions of Battalions were still obscure, Sergeant HINCKFUSS set out to find them and then returned, superintending the laying of all lines under heavy shell fire. It was entirely dur to this N.C.O. with the assistance of Corporal ALLSOPP, that communication was obtained to Battalions.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Discharge date19 July 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6584 2nd Corporal William Henry HINCKFUSS, 2nd Divisional Signal Company, returned to Australia, 22 September 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Euripides', 3 March 1919; arrived Melbourne, 20 April 1919, to disembark Brisbane; discharged (medically unfit), Brisbane, 19 July 1919.

Medals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HINCKFUSS Harold Charles

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