• Harry Edward Rickenberg

Army / Flying Corps
  • 26th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 7th Brigade
  • Private

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  • Birth

    Maryborough QLD 4650, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Maryborough QLD 4650, Australia

Stories and comments
    • AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Sunday, 30 September 2018

    Roll of Honour Harry Edward Rickenberg Service number 155 Rank Private Unit 26th Australian Infantry Battalion Service Australian Imperial Force Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918 Conflict Eligibility Date First World War, 1914-1921 Date of Death 19 July 1917 Place of Death United Kingdom Age at Death 21 Place of Association Pialba, Queensland, Australia Cemetery or Memorial Details Bulford Church Cemetery, Bulford, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom Source AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

    • AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Sunday, 30 September 2018

    RICKENBERG Death

    RICKENBERG Death
    • Mergd RICKENBERG H.E. DOD & L.W.AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Sunday, 30 September 2018

    RICKENBERG H.E. DOD & L.W.

    Mergd RICKENBERG H.E. DOD & L.W.AWM
    • The Men of "A" Company, 26th Battalion
    • Posted by jaydsydaus121, Tuesday, 14 January 2020

    Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947) Mon 30 Jul 1917 Page 2 Another Pialba boy has given his life for his country, and we sympathise with Mr. and Mrs. L. Rickenberg the parents of the late Private Harry Rickenberg, in the great loss they have sustained by the untimely death of their son. He enlisted very early in the war, and had been ill for a long time before his death. The flag was half masted at the Pialba Sate School on Wednesday when the deceased was a pupil in his school days. Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947) Wed 15 Aug 1917 Page 4 MR. and MRS. L. RICKENBERG and FAMILY wish to sincerely THANK the members of the Methodist Church Guild, Pialba, also W.M.,Officers, and Brethren of Lodge Pialba, No. 3446, E.G. and all others who sent messages of sympathy by cards and letters to them on the recent loss of their dear son and brother. Pte.Harry Rickenberg, who died of illness in England, 19/7/'17. His duty done. Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947) Tue 18 Sep 1917 Page 5 THE LATE PRIVATE HARRY RICKENBERG. Miss V. Baxter has received a letter, dated England, 11th July, from Private Harry Rickenberg (son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Rickenberg, of Pialba), whose sad death from illness in England was recently reported, in the course of which he says :—"I have been in hospital over in England practically since last Christmas, but I am getting on well, and am expecting to go back into the field sometime before next Christmas ; but I am looking forward for it to finish before that, as things are going on well for us on all fronts now. I suppose you have heard about Paddy getting his right leg taken off above the knee, and as far as I have heard he will be back in Australia at any time now, so you will not be able to have a dance with Paddy any more. Frank is still on the western front boxing on, and he has been a marvel to me, the way he has stuck to it for over 28 months. I tell you it is no joke being in the fields of a winter time especially when it is snowing and raining week in and week out, and bogging up to our necks in mud and water. When our infantry hopped over the top the ground was so soft and muddy from the artillery that our chaps used to get stuck in the mud and they would never have got out if somebody did not help them. When I left France you could hardly walk amongst the dead men in the field, and it used to make me feel a bit funny for a start ; but I take no notice of seeing pieces of one another lying about now. I have just seen the best part of this country here, which is worth seeing, and Scotland is my pick of the lot. It is just like being at home when you get amongst the Scotch people, as they think a lot of the Australian boys, and while I was up in Glasgow on furlough I always got an invitation to some private place for Sunday night's tea, and of course if there were any young lasses in the family I could not see my way clear to get away early after tea. Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947) Tue 13 Nov 1917 Page 6 PIALBA. (From Our Own Correspondent.) November 9. Councillor W. Whitaker, chairman Pialba Send-off and Reception Committee, presided over a very large attendance at the Public Hall on Thursday night, when the residents of the district assembled to co honor to Private A. Martens. The ladies had the tables nicely decorated. The loyal toast was musically observed, and the usual toast list enthusiastically honored, Messrs. Whitaker, Councillor Micklesen. Powell, Beddows, Richardson, M. Murphy, Councillor H. Bashford, and Messrs. G. Willey and F. Roffe being the chief speakers. The toast 'Our Dead Heroes' was observed, the audience standing silently, and Miss Cairncross sang 'He wipes the tear from every eye.' It was a touching memorial to those who have made the final sacrifice Private A. Martens was presented with a gold medal, fittingly inscribed, to show the appreciation of the district. Councillor W. Whitaker made the presentation, and nicely expressed the sentiments of the gathering. Rev. K. Powell responded on behalf of Private A. Martens. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Rickenberg were presented by the Send-off and Reception Committee with a framed enlarged photo of their son, Harry, who died of illness some months back, after many months in the fighting line. Cr. Whitaker gave a brief sketch of his work as a soldier. He was a mate of Private A. Martens, and carried him into the dressing station when he (Private Martens) was wounded, at great risk to himself. Rev. B. Powell responded for Mr. and Mrs. Rickenberg. Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947) Fri 19 Jul 1918 Page 2 RICKENBERG:—In loving memory of Private Harry Edward Rickenberg, who died of illness in England on 19th July, 1917, aged 21 years and 8 months. No mother's love did him attend, Nor o'er him did a father bend; No sister by to shed a tear. No brother his last words to hear. Sick and dying in a far-off land. Not one friend to take his hand; No comrades near to close his eyes, Far from his native land he lies. God be with you till we meet again. (Inserted by his loving parents and sisters, Lil., Violet, Ivy, and brother Frank, on Active Service.) RICKENBERG.—In loving memory of Private Harry Edward Rickenberg, who died of illness in England on 19th July, 1917, aged 21 years and 8 months. "Somewhere in England" where poppies mark The last home of the brave, In fancy's thought, methinks I see My soldier brother's grave. Somewhere ! O, cruel, cruel fate To bring such grief and pain, And tell me that I ne'er shall see His smiling face again. (Inserted by his loving sister, Lil.)