Harrie Colin Booth

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Booth, Private Harry Colin, no.837.

8th Light Trench Mortar Battery, formerly 30th Battalion.

Beamish Street, Campsie.

Ship’s Steward.

Born 1896, at Bourke, son of William Percy and Jessie Maria Booth.

Educated at Canterbury.

Son of the 1st Master & Treasurer of Canterbury District Ambulance Corps.

Enlisted at Campsie 17/7/1915.

Casualty list DT 2/1/1917 - Returned to duty.

Casualty list SMH 9/7/1918 - Died of Wounds Wounded at Morlancourt, died aged 22 years 10 months.


AWM File IDRL428 Letters to the British Red Cross re Australian servicemen:

Sergeant C.H. Last no.731 8th Light Trench Mortar Battery, No. 5 General Hospital, Rouen:

He joined us when the battery was formed in July 1916, and got wounded straight away at Fromelles; he was then away from the Battery for 12 months.

Private E. Turley no.9477, No. 11 Convalescent Camp, Buchy, near Rouen. 14/9/1918: At 3.30 am. Booth was wounded by a Minewerfer in the trench at Morlancourt. The Germans raided us, coming within 50 yards and we knocked them back with our machine guns; Booth was taken back & landed at the casualty clearing station at Vignacourt where he died at 4.10 a.m. the next morning. I saw him hit being only 50 yards away, his grave is in the military cemetery at Vignacourt (Plot 3 E.E. 16). I visited it on 7/7/1918. Booth's home is in Beamish Street, Campsie near Sydney. He came with the 30th Battalion in October or November 1915, aged about 19.

O/C 61st Casualty Clearing Station, 6/8/1918: Private Booth was admitted to this CCS on 17 June, suffering from Shell Wound of the Chest penetrating Abdomen. His condition on admission was grave, and offered little hope of his recovery. He died at 4.10 am on 19 June quite peacefully, and unconscious of his condition. The burial took place in the local Military Cemetery on 20 June.

Walter Neilson 8th Light Trench Mortar Battery, 3rd Southern General Hospital, The Base, Oxford: I have seen the grave of Private Booth. He died at the 61st CCS at Vignacourt, and was buried at the cemetery there. He was severely wounded by a Minewerfer during a bombardment, while we were holding the line on the left of Sailly le Sec in June. Single, young, and out all the time.

Died of wounds 19th June 1918.

Age 21.

Buried Vignacourt British Cemetery, France grave no. III.E.16.

From March 1918, Vignacourt became the site of the 20th and 61st Casualty Clearing Stations.

Roll of Honour, Canterbury District Monument, Canterbury Public School (Booth, C)

Anzac Memorial has 8th Light Trench Mortar Battery.

Tele/Mirror 11/11/1993 Killed in action.

10/6/1918 (of Sydney)

Australian War Memorial record available at: https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1941342/ [accessed 22/07/2016]

Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.

Note

An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.

Reference

Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002