Harold John Arthur 'Jack' West

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WEST, Harold John Arthur ‘Jack’

Service no: 2478 [1]

Place of birth: Orange, 1892

Address: Balmoral, Canobolas, later 89 March Street, Orange

Occupation: Orchardist

Next of kin: William West (father), Balmoral, Canobolas

Date of enlistment: 25 November 1915

Place of enlistment: Casula

Age at enlistment: 23

Fate: Embarked A30 Port Macquarie, Sydney 26 April 1916. Appointed Driver 1 August 1916. Hospitalised in Hassaniya, Egypt 10 December 1916. Hospitalised 1 September 1918 suffering from malaria. Appointed Lance Corporal 7 November 1918. Returned to Australia 3 August 1919. Discharged 17 September 1919.

Date of death: 27 April 1977

Buried: Orange Cemetery

Harold ‘Jack’ West was an orchardist from Canobolas who enlisted in November 1915. He embarked from Sydney in April 1916, a Private with the 7th Light Horse Brigade, Machine Gun Squadron. Stationed in Egypt, Jack was hospitalised several times during the war, most seriously in September 1918 suffering from malaria. In November 1918 he was promoted to Lance Corporal. He returned to Australia in August 1919.

In April 1920 Jack married Ellen ‘Nell’ Farrell, the youngest daughter of James Farrell of Emmaville Orchard at Rosedale. The couple had three sons and four daughters.

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