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
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
- Thomas William Lacey (1893–1972) Wisham, Somerset, England
- James Lacey (1895–1987) Wisham, Somerset, England
- George Lacey (1896–1978) Chardstock, Devon, England
- Harry Lacey (1897-1917) Chardstock, Devon, England
- Florence Anna Lacey (1899–1996) Chardstock, Devon, England
- 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)
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.