Pte
Henry Thomas Wilkie

Information about birth

Year of birth:
1891
Place of birth:
St Peters, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

General information

Profession:
Wood Machinist

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
4278
Enlistment date:
20/09/1915
Enlistment place:
Holsworthy, New South Wales, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 2nd Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
21/09/1917
Place of death:
Polygon Wood, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
26

Cemetery

Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood
Plot: XXIV
Row: D
Grave: 10

Distinctions and medals 2

Additional information

Private Henry Thomas Wilkie served as a Lewis gunner in “D” Company of the Australian Infantry 2nd Battalion, part of the 1st Australian Brigade, of the 1st Australian Division. The Division participated in the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge (20 September - 25 September 1917), a stage in the Third Battle of Ypres. The attack of the Division was carried by the 2nd and 3rd Australian Brigades.
On the 20th of September 1917 the 1st Australian Division attacked through Glencorse Wood and the Nonne Bosschen. It captured all its objectives and consolidated a line in Polygon Wood, just west of the former Racecourse. In the meanwhile 2nd Battalion took up positions in the Nonne Bosschen.
During the following night the 2nd Battalion relieved the 9th and 10th Battalions in Polygon Wood. “D” Company took up positions in the new frontline. The Battalion’s Headquarter was located near Glencorse Wood. Just when the relief commenced the alert German artillery started shelling the Polygon Wood area, heavily interfering the relief.
Private Henry Thomas Wilkie killed in action on the 21st of September 1917. The 26-year old possibly fell, due to German shelling on the new frontline in Polygon Wood. His remains were exhumed after the war and were interred in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood.

Files 2

Sources 7

"Nulli Secundus: A History of the Second Battalion, A.IF. 1914-1919", Taylor F.W. and Cusack T.A. (eds.), Swanbourne, John Burridge Military Antiques, 1992, pg. 259.
Sources used
"Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Uniform, 2018, pg. 80-81.
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Australian War Memorial
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P10269619
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CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/480499/wilkie,-henry/
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National Archives of Australia
http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/SearchScreens/BasicSearch.aspx
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The Long, Long Trail
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/
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War Diary Australian Infantry 2nd Bn.
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1338583
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