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27th Infantry Battalion
Pozieres, France
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SRG 76/1/332

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Herbert Horace Yeend Reg. No. 2004 was the son of George Yeend and Louisa McKim Yeend, nee Smith. He was born in Kent Town South Australia, and lived at Colton Avenue Magill. He was 29 years and 9 months old when he enlisted in 1916. His employment was listed as concrete worker, and his enlistment papers show he was an apprentice for 5 years with Lennard Adelaide.
He embarked from Adelaide, via the RMS Morea, on 23rd August 1915. He was taken on strength in Tel-El-Kebir on 14th January 1916. Just about a month later he was hospitalised in Ismailia, and returned to his unit on the 19th of February 1916. In March of that year he joined the British Expeditionary Force in Alexandria, and was attached to the Anzac HQ. France. He joined the 27th Battalion in France, and was again hospitalised with “trench foot”. In France he witnessed the death of another soldier, and was able to confirm to the family, who had been advised their son was wounded and missing in action. He stated that, “he new private Alfred Charles Figg, and saw him in no man’s land, near Pozieres. He was under a heavy bombardment, and was badly wounded. No one could get to him, and he would have died there”. On the 4th of October 1918, he was wounded in action, and admitted to hospital in Rouen, with a gunshot wound to the right elbow. From Rouen he was taken to a hospital in England. On the 3rd of January 1919, he was returned to Australia via the Marmari, and was discharged as medically unfit on the 30th March 1919. He had been in the army for 3 years and 317 days. 3 years and 172 days had been spent overseas.
He died in 1965 at 76 years of age, and he is buried in the AIF cemetery, West Terrace Adelaide, Section KO, Road 23A, Site No 17. His brother Charles Alexander Yeend, a farmer of Bull’s Creek also served in France.


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