Joseph Henry Klause

First Name: 
Joseph
Middle Name: 
Henry
Last Name: 
Klause
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, November 9, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
13th Battalion
Company: 
C Company
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, August 8, 1918
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Joseph Klause (Service No 7130) was born in Warwick, Queensland about 1893. At the time of his enlistment he was a single 23 year old labourer from Stanwell Park and had spent time in the Militia. Joseph embarked on HMAT A72 Beltana on 25th November 1916 with 23rd Reinforcements, 13th Battalion.

He arrived in France on 7th May 1917 but Army life did not suit him and he has a number of offences recorded against him while in the field. These resulted in Court Martial and Joseph was sentenced to 2 years hard labour in a field prison. On 18th February 1918 his sentence was ended early and he joined his unit at the front.

Joseph was killed in action near Hamel on 8th August 1918 and is buried in Heath Cemetery, Plot VII, Row I, Grave 2. His brother William was named as next of kin.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, KLAUSE JOSEPH HENRY

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