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Hagar, Roy A (3840)

Place of Birth: Wangnui, New Zealand

Age: 20 years

Enlistment Details: Monday, 19 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 3840 view online service record

Yarra Grange,
Bond Street
Abbotsford, VIC

Next of Kin:
Elizabeth Hagar (mother)
Yarra Grange,
Bond Street
Abbotsford, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 23 November 1915
Ship: HMAT Ceramic A40
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion – 12th Reinforcements

KIA: Saturday, 10 August 1918
Place: France

Awards: MM

1918 ‘ELECTRIC SPARKS’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 7 September, p. 2. , viewed 11 Oct 2019,

1914 – 1918 Memorial Scroll, Sgt Roy Hagar MM

According to the Australian War Memorial site, Memorial scrolls were presented to the next of kin of soldiers, sailors and nurses who died on service during WWI. The framed scroll, above commemorates Sgt Roy Hagar, MM, 5th Battalion, AIF. The final page of Roy’s service record (see below) indicates that this scroll was sent to his mother, Elizabeth Hagar, on 27 Oct 1921 and was notified on 15 Nov 1922 that a Memorial Plaque (also known as a Death Penny) was available.

Final Page (detail), Service Record, B2455, Hagar, R. National Archives of Australia


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted October 22, 2019 12.58 pm 0Likes

    Parents James Arthur (late) and Elizabeth HAGAR (nee McKAY), born New Zealand, educated Albert Park SS. He enlisted as a 20 year-old photographer from Abbotsford. Cousin, Captain Robert Murdoch HOOPER killed in action 9 August, 1915. A Death Notice suggested his mother was in Punt Road, Richmond, brother Arthur born New Zealand, sister Vera born Johannesburg but there is no trace of their father’s death in Victorian registrations. He was recommended for the higher Distinguished Conduct Medal, instead awarded Military Medal, gazetted in Australia, 7 March 1918)

    “I do not remember his number, but he was in “B” Coy, and in charge of No. 5 Platoon when he was killed. i found his dead body alongside H. Beadle, 440, and he had been shot through the forehead, so that death had been instantaneous … he was a very fine chap, and was very brave and was a Military Medallist. I buried him near Lihons in the same grave as Beadle …”. (L/Cpl F. W. Jackson, 770, B Coy., 5th Battn)

    Recommendation for Military Medal: ‘During the operations east of YPRES on 20th September 1917, Sgt. HAGAR, who, owing to heavy officer casualties during the advance, became responsible for the consolidation and organisation of the left flank of his Company, displayed the greatest coolness in organising his men and keeping them well controlled throughout the trying bombardment of 20th and 21st. He was wounded rather severely during the last hour of the heavy bombardment directed on our position on 21st instant.’ Source: ‘Commonwealth Gazette’ No. 31, date: 7 March 1918

    HAGAR.- After two years and nine months’ active service, killed in action, in France, August 10, 1918, Sgt. Roy Hagar, M.M., 5th Batt., dearly loved eldest son of Mrs. Hagar, 443 Punt road, Richmond, and loving brother of Arthur and Vera, aged 23 years.

    A little while and we, too, all shall dwell
    in God’s own glory indivisible.
    Good-night, good-night, good-night.

    (Inserted by his mother, sister, and brother)

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