Private Harry Lacey

Australian Infantry AIF - WWI


Service Number: 3815

29th Bn Australian Infantry

Born: December 1897 in Chardstock, Devon, England

Date of death: 26 September 1917,  age 20

Status: KIA


Buried in Buttes New British Cemetery, Belgium Plot XVIII. C. 5.


Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal


Harry was the 4th of 6 children of Charles Absalom Lacey ° 1865 - May 11, 1908 and

Elizabeth Lane, °1868 Thorncombe, Dorset, England - 10 Sep 1955  Honiton, Devonshire, England


3 brothers and 2 sisters

  1. Thomas William Lacey (1893–1972) Wisham, Somerset, England
  2. James Lacey (1895–1987) Wisham, Somerset, England
  3. George Lacey (1896–1978) Chardstock, Devon, England
  4. Harry Lacey (1897-1917) Chardstock, Devon, England
  5. Florence Anna Lacey (1899–1996) Chardstock, Devon, England
  6. Amy Amelia Lacey (1908-)


He worked as a farm labourer and was single.  Since his father died his mother Elizabeth was the NOK.



11th July 1916, enlisted into the AIF, at the age of 18 years and 8 months, in Melbourne, Vic

Height: 5 feet 3/4 inches (1,75m)

Weight: 140 lbs (63,50 kg)

Fresh complexion

Eyes: grey

Hair: fair


18 Jul 1916: S.M.O. Camp Geelong


19 Sept 1916: embarked in Melbourne on the "S.S. Commonwealth"

14 Nov 1916:  disembarked in Plymouth, UK


17 Dec 1916: Proceeding overseas to France per "S.S. Golden Eagle", from Folkstone

18 Dec 1916: marched in from England - Etaples

23 Dec 1916: marched out to unit and taken on strength 29th Bn, Ex 9th Reinforcement 29th Bn



23 March 1917: wounded in action and admitted with GSW to his back to C.C. Station

25 March 1917: admitted to the 4th Ambulance Train

26 March 1917: admitted with GSW to his back to Conv. Depot, Rouen

15 - 18 April 1917: admitted to Base Depot - Rouen

21 April 1917: marched in from Rouen - Etaples

26 May 1917: marched out to unit - Etaples

26 May 1917: Rejoined unit, Ex Wounded

26 Sept 1917: Posted Missing in Action


"Patricia Camp" near Abeele, received his paybook, wallet and false teeth.  They were handed in by a man from A. Company, all this was sent to "Chesire Camp".



4 March 1918: "Pte - Previously reported MISSING now pronounced KILLED IN ACTION by Court of Inquiry.

On Tuesday 26 September 2017 I attended the Australian ceremonies for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood and planted a tree in the "Wood of Peace" in honour of Private Harry Lacey, a very moving moment.




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