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Corporal Harry Moffatt

Service No.:
183
Unit:
5th Division Salvage Company
Tree No.:
N163
Planted by:
H Moffatt (Father)
Image of plaque on tree N163 for Harry Moffatt
See Notes (1) (2)
Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal

Harry was born at Bacchus Marsh, VIC in 1895 to William Herbert Moffatt(3) and Lily Maria Dannock. Harry had a brother, Percy and a brother-in-law, Harry Ruddick, who are also remembered in the Avenue.

Image of the decoration
Example of a Victory Medal 1914-18 with Mention in Despatches (British) oak leaf spray

Harry was a a coach builder when he enlisted at Bacchus Marsh, VIC in the AIF on the 18th of March 1916, aged 21 - he was previously in the citizens forces, 65th Battalion at Bacchus Marsh. Harry embarked aboard the HMAT A64 Demosthenes in May, with the 5th Division Cyclist Company, and disembarked in England in July.

In September 1916 Harry transferred to the 6th Battalion and proceeded to France where he transferred to the 59th Battalion and in late November was detached for duty with the 5th Division Salvage Company - transferring to that unit in January 1917. In July he was promoted to Lance Corporal and had several periods of leave before being promoted to Temporary Corporal in November 1918.

Harry was Mentioned in Dispatches - London Gazette: 11 July 1919 Page 8830, position 14.

For consistant good work in the Field L/Cpl Moffatt has during the past two years set a fine example of discipline and leadership to his section and gained the respect and confidence of every man who has served under him. He also showed great initiative on many occasions in the Field when difficult tasks were allotted to him. L/Cpl Moffatt has at all times carried out his duties in a most efficient and able manner and is worthy of of the highest praise.

Recommendation: Mention in despatches

He embarked aboard the Baranga in September 1919, returning to Australia in late October and was discharged from the AIF in December. Harry died in July 1949, aged 54.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh and also the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour held by the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Bacchus Marsh.

Notes

  1. He was in the 59th Battalion but transferred to the 5th Division Salvage Company.
  2. He was promoted to Corporal.
  3. Herbert was a Carriage and Buggy builder at Bacchus Marsh
    - The Bacchus Marsh Express 4 Apr 1908
  4. A soldiers letter - The Bacchus Marsh Express 13 Jul 1918

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