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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Portrait of Q.M.S Killingsworth Horseman. Seymour c 6 July 1915.  Killingsworth was a Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant prior to embarkation, but embarked with the 38th Inf Btn as a Lance Corporal.


Killingsworth H L     L Cpl    498    Harry Leslie               38 Inf Bn    27    Agent    Married    Bap       

Address:    Essendon, Elder Pde   

Next of Kin:    Killingsworth, Blanche, Mrs, wife, Elder Pde, Essendon   

Enlisted:    12 Feb 1915       

Embarked:     A54 Runic 20 Jun 1916


Relatives on Active Service:

Edgerton-E-H-D-Pte-1524A  cousin, KIA



Date of death: 28/05/1917  Second Lieutenant

CWGC: "Son of James Fernie Killingsworth and Bertha Ellen Killingsworth; husband of B. L. Killingsworth,

of 141, Canterbury Rd., Middle Park, Victoria. Born at Newmarket, Victoria".



Extracts from Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiries Bureau Correspondence


38th Australian Imperial Force       Killingsworth 2nd Lt H L
M. May 28/1917

2nd Lieut Killingsworth was killed at Ploegstreet (Belgium) on May 28th.  The stretcher bearers brought his body back about 3 days later.
Eye-witness:  No.  The stretcher bearers - Cody was the name of one
Informant:   R W Bullen, 1128
D Coy, 14th Pltn, 38th Aus I Force
Bermondsey Milit Hospt
London SE
Home address: Moonee Ponds, Melbourne.   
Ivy Gerrard.

At Ploeg Street Armentiers on 28th May 1917, a raid was made on the enemy tranches, in the body of which 38th Btn took part.  The next morning the body of 2/Lieut Killingsworth was carried in by the stretcher bearers.  I do not know where Lieut Killingsworths' body was buried.
Dated at Westham this 24th day of August
Sgd  R W Bullen

I am quite sure Lt Killingsworth is a prisoner of war in Germany.  On May 28th '17 our battalion made a raid on the German trenches opposite Plug St, Wood, in Belgium, near Armentieres.  They were very badly cut up, and out of 57 who went over from my company, only 15 returned.  Where possible, the bodies were brought back to our trenches, and a corporal from each company went along to identify them.  I attended for A Coy, and knowing Lt Killingsworth well, looked to see if his body was amongst the number.  It was not, and everything points to him having been captured as a prisoner.  We came over from Melbourne together on the Transport "Runic" leaving on June 20th '16
Witness: Dalgleish A S 263 (Cpl)
A Coy, 38th Batt.

Prisoner of War Information Bureau Berlin.  Card exists.  Buried 28.5.17 at Warneton (left property) Enquiries are being made from Army Corps concerned as to cause and date of death and also exact location of grave at Warneton.  Left Property Office reports that the only thing sent in was his disc.
Capt Mills report 22.3.19







War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall F-L

Newmarket Baptist Church *


In Memoriam


KILLINGSWORTH -In loving memory of my dear   
son and brother Lieut Harry Leslie, who made the
supreme sacrifice on May 28, 1917
Ever in our memory 
-(Inserted by his loving mother, sisters, and brothers. )

KILLINGSWORTH-In loving remembrance of my   
dear Harry (Lieutenant, 38th Batt ) who was taken
prisoner of war on May 28, 1917, at Messines, and
died the same day.
So loved and missed  
Family Notices. (1918, May 28). The Argus, p. 1.


KILLINGSWORTH In loving memory of our dear 
son and brother Harry, late Lieut, 38th Battalion,        
AIF, who died of wounds while prisoner of war,   
May 28, 1917
Sadly missed by a loving mother, sisters,
and brothers.

KILLIlNGSWORTH - In loving remembrance of my
dear Harry, Lieutenant 38th Battalion, who was taken
prisoner of war, and died on May 28, 1917.
Sweet memories linger -(Louie )
Family Notices. (1919, May 28). The Argus, p. 1.


loving remembrance of our dear son, Lieutenant Eric
H. D. Edgerton, D.S.O., M.M., and Bar, 24th Battalion,
killed in action in France, August 11, 1918, aged 21
years; also our loved nephew, Lieutenant, Harry L
Killingsworth, 38th Battalion, M.G. Section, wounded
and died a prisoner of war, May 28, 1917; also our
dear nephew, Private Percy J. Young, 6th Reinforcements,
8th Battalion, killed in action at Lone Pine, Gallipoli,
August 6, 1915.
Heroes all!
And so our home shall see them nevermore!
And only tender memories remain;
And loving pride that takes the sting from pain,
Making them dearer than they were before.
And nearer, for they breathe a quickening
Of inspiration into every soul
That enters here, and point us to a goal
That they have won, beyond the reach of
-(The Priory, Glen Eira road, Elsternwick.)

Family Notices. (1919, August 11). The Argus, p. 1.


KILLINGSWORTH.—In loving remembrance of my
dear one, Harry, lieut. 38th Batt., who died whilst
prisoner of war on May 28, 1917.
So dearly loved. -(Louie.)

KILLINGSWORTH.—In loving memory of our dear
son and brother, Lieutenant Harry Leslie, who died a
prisoner of war, 28th May, 1917.
To memory ever dear.

Family Notices. (1921, May 28). The Argus p. 13. 



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