Henry Willis McNair

First Name: 
Henry
Middle Name: 
Willis
Last Name: 
McNair
Mother's Name: 
Martha (nee Morton)
Father's Name: 
Samuel McNair
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, March 2, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
56th Battalion
Company: 
C
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, September 26, 1917
Place of Death: 
Polygon Wood
Cause of Death: 
Died of wounds
Details: 

Private Henry McNair (Service no. 1943) was born in Temora, N.S.W. circa 1895. At the time of enlistment he was a single 21 year old working as a butcher.   

Henry embarked on HMAT A37 Barambah on 23rd June, 1916 with 56th Battalion 3rd Reinforcements. He saw service on the Western Front as a signaller and on 25th September, 1917 while engaged in the Polygon Wood battle he was hit by a shell and wounded.

He was evacuated to Clapham Junction Dressing Station severely wounded in the leg. At about 1am on 26th September, 1917 he died of his wounds.

Henry has no known grave and is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium. His brother Samuel was killed at Gallipoli.

Sources: 
NAA:B2455, MCNAIR H W

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