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King, Henry James


Born 5th September 1889 Penguin Tasmania the son of Henry Herbert and Lucy Jane King (nee Hales) a blacksmith he embarked Melbourne 18th February 1916 on board “HMAT Ballarat” with the 12th Infantry Battalion. 

He was killed in action 28th July 1918 in France and is commemorated in the Borre British Cemetery, Hazebrouck, Nord Pas de Calais, France

Military Medal Recommendation.

In the attack on Polygon Wood East of Ypres on the 20/21st September 1917, Pte’s Leonard, Huxley King, Jack and Burford were employed as runners and set a high standard of coolness and devotion to duty.  The front line was comparatively free from shell fire but the ridge where Battalion Headquarters was situated was continuously shelled, as were the areas between it and Brigade Forward Report Centre.  These men ran continuously with messages through intense barrages between the various companies, Battalion Headquarters Brigade and units on our flank

For some reason these recommendations were not awarded


KING.— Killed in action in France Pte. Henry James King, M.M. (Harry), dearly beloved eldest son of Henry and Lucy King - aged 28 years. Deeply regretted. He nobly answered his country's call.






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