• OTOOLE Harry : Service Number - 2368 : Place of Birth - Beaconsfield TAS : Place of Enlistment - Claremont TAS : Next of Kin - (Mother) RILEY Bessie

OTOOLE Harry : Service Number - 2368 : Place of Birth - Beaconsfield TAS : Place of Enlistment - Claremont TAS : Next of Kin - (Mother) RILEY Bessie
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    • KenW6720
    • Wednesday, 14 August 2019

    Henry LLewellyn O'Toole from Beaconsfield Tasmania served in WW1 as part of 4th Reinforcement 40th Battalion AIF He is also listed in the National Archives of Australia under the following: Series A9301 Control Symbol 86010 Barcode 4963491 - Date of Birth shown as 21 Jun 1898 with his wife as Edith O'Toole (my wife's Grandmother) Series B884 Control Symbol W27652 Barcode 6506538 - Date of Birth 22 Jun 1899 with his wife Edith O'Toole (as above) His daughter (my wifes Aunt) Alice Gwendoline O'Toole is also listed in the archives Series B884 Control symbol WF96155 Barcode 6484334 - Date of Birth 22 Feb 1924 (her next of Kin is shown as Harry O'Toole) To all his relatives after the first war Harry was always known as 'Jacky'. As part of the records in the archives there are a number of original letters (refer to related person tab on this record) sent by 'Jacky' to both his mother and sister detailing some of his injuries and bombings whilst on the Western Front at Messine and onward. It also details the injuries to a his friend Bill ANDERSON (believed 2174) and the death of his mate Alf JONES (believed regimental number 2349) also of 40th Battalion who was killed next to him on 7.6.1917. During one of his stays in hospital in England (1918) his sister only discovered his injury from reading the newspaper lists and contacted his originating barracks to find out further details. It was then the AIF discovered that the reason 'Jacky's' letters could not be delivered to his next of kin was that his listed mother Bessie RILEY had passed away. At around the time of his being advised of his mother's death whilst in hospital it appears 'Jacky' was caught smoking on the grounds against regulations and when chatted about it made disparaging responses to the officer concerned. He was subsequently charged and docked 4 days pay for the offences. After his service in WW1 'Jacky' returned to Australia and ended up marrying Edith Margaret ADAMS and the two of them lived in Kalgoorlie where they raised their children, Alice, Maureen (my wifes mother) and Patricia. When WW2 came along 'Jacky enlisted to do his bit. The dual record as outlined above slightly confuses me as his family only recalls him enlisted in the RAAF as airfield security, which we believe he conducted at Kalgoorlie the other enlistment or attempt to enlist requires clarification. His eldest daughter Alice also enlisted as outlined above. The related person link below has accurate record of his letters and one of his service photographs. Harry passed away in Perth on 6 April 1965 and is buried at Karrakatta Cemetery together with his wife Edith.