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Horace Chamberlain KING

Regimental number461
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
SchoolClaremont Government School, Western Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationSalesman
AddressQueen's Street, Claremont, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19.5
Height5' 7.5"
Weight149 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas King, Queen's Street, Claremont, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Naval Reserve, North Fremantle.
Enlistment date8 March 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name28th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 29 June 1915
Two ships sailed from Fremantle carrying men from the 28th Battalion Headquarters, and Companies A, B, C and D. From embarkation records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship each man sailed on. They are: 30 officers and 982 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A11, 'Ascanius', on 29 June 1915 and 12 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A36, 'Thirty-Six, on 12 July 1916.
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll28th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 28th Battalion
Promotion date: 14 March 1916

Captain


Unit: 28th Battalion
Promotion date: 12 March 1917

Lieutenant


Promotion date: 21 August 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (Altered to Military Cross)


Recommendation date: 16 August 1916

Bar to Military Cross (Altered to Mention in Despatches)


Recommendation date: 24 September 1917"

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateDied of wounds 7 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialDoullens Communal Cemetery Extension No. 1 (Plot VI, Row A, Grave No. 31), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
113
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas O'Glesby and Charlotte KING, Claremont, Western Australia
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. When his senior officers had become casualties, he took command and led his company with great coolness and skill under very heavy fire. On another occasion he led a party of about twenty five against the enemy, took twenty seven prisoners, and, charging forward, enetered the next enemy trench and captured it with 100 prisoners.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 21 March 1916.

Appointed 2nd Lt, 14 March 1916.

Promoted Lt, 21 August 1916.

Awarded the Military Cross for services rendered during the fighting at Pozieres.

Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, 1 November 1916 (scabies).

Admitted to No 1 Red Cross Hospital, 2 November 1916 (gonorrhoea); transferred to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 4 November 1916; discharged to Base Depot, 16 January 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 77 days; rejoined Bn, in the field, 27 January 1917.

Promoted Captain, 12 March 1917.

On leave to England, 5 April 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 19 April 1917.

Appointed to perform the duties of Adjutant, 24 July 1917.

Attached to 7th Brigade Headquarters, 24 August 1917; rejoined Bn from detachment, 30 August 1917.

Wounded in action, 4 October 1917 (gun shot wound, right arm), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred same day to 17th Casualty Clearing Station; to No 1 Red Cross Hospital, Le Treport, 5 October 1917; to England, 9 November 1917, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 17 December 1917; discharged to Overseas Training Bn, 5 February 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 16 February 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 24 February 1918.

Appointed Adjutant, 28 February 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 7 April 1918 (gun shot/shell wound, neck and shoulder), and admitted to 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital.

Died of wounds, 7 April 1918.

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFather's second given name incorrectly entered on CWGC site as O'Glasby.
SourcesNAA: B2455, KING Horace Chamberlain

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