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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

Humphries, Joseph Henry (4654)

Place of Birth: Lancashire, England

Age: 21 years

Enlistment Details: Thursday, 15 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 4654            view online service record

419 Bay Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
D Humphries (wife)
419 Bay Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Friday, 28 January 1916
Ship: HMAT Themistocles A32
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 7th Infantry Battalion – 14th Reinforcements

KIA: Wednesday, 19 July 1916
Place: France

Private, 60 Infantry, killed in action 19 July, 1916, France, aged 22, commemorated VC Corner Australian Cemetery, France.

Wife: Mrs Dagmar HUMPHRIES, born Lancashire, England. He enlisted as a 21-year-old stevedore with his wife at 419 Bay Street, no circular returned and neither his arrival in Australia nor his education is known. It was however noted on Attestation that he had spent four years on a Royal Navy ship which suggests that, given his young age, he had only been in Australia for a few years at most.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 16, 2017 7.40 am 0Likes

    “There was a Humphries in my section, I think, It was about this number for I used to hear him and Cpl. Dugdale arguing about their numbers. He was a married man. He was very dark – we used to call him “Sichead” ? (some Egyptian word I can’t spell) he was so dark. Medium height. He was shot alongside me, fell flat down with a groan and never moved, this was in No Man’s Land. I went further on before I was hit and managed to get back to our lines next day. We did not take the ground, it remained in No Man’s Land” (Scivell, 4217)

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