John William Murray Hartley

(02/12/1891 - 09/01/1917)

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Born: 02/12/1891 at Waterview, Victoria Tce, Rockhampton, Qld Certified Father: Stewart Williamson Hartley (00/00/1850 - 25/09/1909)
Died: 09/01/1917 of wounds in war Certified Mother: Sarah Ann Buzacott (00/00/1858 - 30/11/1942)
Children: Siblings: Charles Stewart Buzacott Hartley (30/04/1880 - 15/09/1902)
Emily Christiana Hartley (13/11/1881 - 27/02/1923)
Sarah Isobel Hartley (25/09/1883 - 05/10/1885)
Robert Lister Whiteford Hartley (08/08/1885 - 00/09/1976)
George Williamson Hartley (05/01/1888 - 23/06/1917)
Jane Verney Hartley (15/11/1889 - 10/06/1930)
Sarah Louise Esther Hartley (16/01/1897 - 02/12/1984)



Birth Ref: 92/010315
Born at the family residence "Waterview" on Victoria Terrace, Rockhampton, Qld, Australia.

Occupation: Bank Clerk

Complexion: Fair

Eye Colour: Grey

Hair Colour: Brown

Height: 6 Feet, 1.5 inches

Religion: Methodist

Resided: Hall Estate, Rockhampton

According to - Death: 09 Jan 1917 Of Geudecourt, France

Gravestone says:
2nd Lieut. 12th Machine Gun Coy. Died of wounds received near Geudecourt, France on January 9, 1917, interred in Heily Cemetery, France. Aged 25 years.

From the Roll of Honour:

Hartley, John William Murray
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant [2 Lt]
Unit: 12th Coy Australian Machine Gun Corps
Service: Army
Conflict: 1914-1918
Date of Death: 09/01/1917
Place of Death:
Cause of Death: Died of wounds
Memorial Panel: 178
Cemetery or Memorial Details: FRANCE 833 Heilly Station Cemetery Mericourt-L'Abbe
Next Of Kin:
Place Of Enlistment: Brisbane, QLD
Native Place:
Notes: HARTLEY, 2nd Lt. John William Murray. 12th Coy. Australian Machine Gun Corps. Died of wounds 9th Jan., 1917. Age 25. Son of Stewart W. and Sarah Anne Hartley, of Rundle St., Rockhampton, Queensland. VI. A. 8.

Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

(Just outside the Memorial's Hall of Memory, where the remains of the Unknown Soldier rest, there is a long series of bronze panels recording the names of Australia's war dead. This is known as the Roll of Honour.)

Grave/Memorial Reference: VI. A. 8.
Mericourt-l'Abbe is a village approximately 19 kilometres north-east of Amiens and 10 kilometres south-west of Albert. Heilly Station Cemetery is about 2 kilometres south-west of Mericourt-l'Abbe, on the south side of the road to Corbie.

Historical Information:

The 36th Casualty Clearing Station was at Heilly from April 1916. It was joined in May by the 38th, and in July by the 2/2nd London, but these hospitals had all moved on by early June 1917. The cemetery was begun in May 1916 and was used by the three medical units until April 1917. From March to May 1918, it was used by Australian units, and in the early autumn for further hospital burials when the 20th Casualty Clearing Station was there briefly in August and September 1918. The last burial was made in May 1919.

There are now 2,890 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. Only 12 of the burials are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 21 casualties whose graves in the cemetery could not be exactly located. The cemetery also contains 83 German graves. The burials in this cemetery were carried out under extreme pressure and many of the graves are either too close together to be marked individually, or they contain multiple burials. Some headstones carry as many as three sets of casualty details, and in these cases, regimental badges have had to be omitted. Instead, these badges, 117 in all, have been carved on a cloister wall on the north side of the cemetery. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Cemetery Plans:

Title: [Australian War Memorial registry file:] Mrs S.A. Hartley, Rockhampton, Qld [Request for donation of private records of Private George Williamson Hartley and Lieutenant John William Murray Hartley]
Item barcode: 997948
Series number: AWM93
Series accession number: AWM93
Control symbol: 12/11/4284
Contents date range: 1930 - 1931
Location: Australian War Memorial
Access status: Open
Reason for restriction: Date of decision: 14 May 1997

Title HARTLEY John William Murray : Service Number - Lieutenant and 2384 : Place of Birth - Queensland : Place of Enlistment - Brisbane Qld : Next of Kin - (Mother) HARTLEY S A
Series number: B2455
Control symbol: HARTLEY J W M
Contents date range: circa 1914 - circa 1920
Access status: Open
Location: Canberra
Barcode no: 4735436

Source = (National Archives of Australia)

Death Ref: 22/003764 AIF

Further details regarding death:

He was severly wounded in the knee / leg by shrapnel while taking a (gun) section across open country at Flers Front / Guedecourt Wood on the night of January 9th, a very cold night. They were going to relieve others who were going off. After going 250 yards from support trench towards front line, a high explosive shell burst amongst the team. Lieut. Hartley was wounded in both legs. When asked if he was badly injured, Mr Hartley said "Yes". His wounds were then dressed. When the stretcher bearers came, he asked them to "attend to the boys first". This was done and then he was taken to a dressing station as soon as possible. He died after being in hospital (56th?? Casualty Clearing Station) for 24 hours, shortly after the amputation of his right leg and he is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery 2.5 miles NNE of Corbie. Lieut. T R Jack, 12th Machine Gun Coy. was with him when he died in the dressing station.

Hartley, John William Murray
Display Record (PDF File)
Service Number: 2384
Rank/Calling: Private
Unit: 25 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 8 Reinforcements (June 1915 - January 1916)
Ship Name: HMAT Warilda
Ship Number: A69
Date of Embarkation: 5/10/1915
Place of Embarkation: Brisbane

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