Lancelot Vicary Horniman

First Name: 
Lancelot
Middle Name: 
Vicary
Last Name: 
Horniman
Mother's Name: 
Mary (nee Cameron)
Father's Name: 
David Horniman
Date Enlisted: 
Friday, April 16, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lieutenant
Unit: 
2nd Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, September 1, 1918
Place of Death: 
Peronne France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Lancelot Horniman was born about 1894. He attended West Kempsey and Shellharbour Public Schools before attending Sydney University for Arts and Law degrees. At the time of enlistment he was a single 21 year old clerk working for the Justice Department in Sydney.

He embarked on HMAT A 63 Karoola on 16th June 1915 with 6th Reinforcements, 2nd Battalion.
Lancelot arrived on Gallipoli on 8th October 1915 and saw service there till the evacuation. Back in Egypt he was transferred to 54th Battalion on 14th February 1916. On 24th May 1916 he was promoted to Sergeant. He went to France and was wounded in action at Fromelle on 20th July 1916 with a gun shot wound to his thigh. Lancelot was evacuated to hospital for treatment. In April 1917 he was commissioned and on 17th May 1917 posted as 2nd Lieutenant to 55th Battalion. On 22nd October 1917 he was promoted to Lieutenant.

In August and September 1918 55th Battalion were taking part in the battles for Peronne and St Quentin. On 1st September Lieutenant Horniman was sitting in a shell hole observing when he was hit in the head by a machine gun bullet killing him instantly. He is buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery Plot I,Row C, Grave 24.

His brother Captain R Horniman of 4th Battalion was awarded the Military Cross.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, HORNIMAN L V LIEUTENANT/2146

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