52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #21 Military

Yesterday, since the topic for Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun was to write about what your father loved to do, I decided to use my post for week 24 of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series.  Since I had fallen behind with this series, today I am catching up by writing a post for Week 21 Military.

Harrie Alexander Harley was my grandmother, Ivy May Harley’s brother.  Harrie was born 12 July 1889 at South Melbourne, the first child of Alexander Alexander Harley and Henrietta Louisa Russell.  When Harrie was only a small boy, his father selected land at West Gippsland, and Harrie then grew up on the family’s dairy farm at Woolamai.

Harrie married Olive Shine Dixon in 1913, and they had 6 children:

  • Jean Louisa Harley (1914-1989)
  • Ivy Henrietta Harley (1915-1998)
  • Alexander Aubrey Harley (1917-1975)
  • Harrie Dixon Harley (1924-1981)
  • Cynthia Olive Harley (1930-1993)
  • Noel George Harley (1923-1993)

Harrie was married with 3 children when he enlisted for service on 9th October 1917.  He passed the Light Riding Test at Broadmeadows on 8 March 1918.  Harrie embarked at Sydney on the HT Wiltshire on 10 June 1918, and disembarked at Suez on 17 July 1918.  Details about his various postings can be found in his service file, which is available on the National Archives Australia website, He was discharged on 28 August 1919.

Harrie re-enlisted on 16 April 1941.  At the time he was living at Poowong.  He was a Staff Sergeant in the 3 District Account Office at the time of his death from illness on 23 April 1944.  He was buried at the Springvale War Cemetery in Melbourne.

Sources of information for his military service

  1. National Archives Australia, “Record Search,” database and images, National Archives Australia (http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx : accessed Jun 17, 2018); Harrie Alexander Harley Service Number 52827; Series B2455 – https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=4968901
  2. National Archives Australia, “Record Search,” database and images, National Archives Australia (http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/search/index.aspx : accessed Jun 17, 2018); Harrie Alexander Harley Service Number V13240; B884.
  3. Commonwealth War Graves Commission, “Find War Dead & Cemeteries,” database, Commonwealth War Graves Commission (https://www.cwgc.org/ : accessed Jun 17, 2018), Harrie Alexander Harley Service Number V13240.
  4. Australian War Memorial, “People,” database, Australian War Memorial (https://www.awm.gov.au/ : accessed Jun 17, 2018), Harrie Alexander Harley Roll of Honour Service number V13240; https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R1705448 .
  5. Australian War Memorial, “People,” database, Australian War Memorial (https://www.awm.gov.au/ : accessed Jun 17, 2018), Harrie Alexander Harley First World War Nominal Roll Service number 52827; https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/R2195011

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