Henry Selwyn Ziems

First Name: 
Henry
Middle Name: 
Selwyn
Last Name: 
Ziems
Mother's Name: 
Sophia Ziems nee Fryer
Father's Name: 
Henry Ziems
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, July 12, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Trooper
Rank at Discharge: 
Trooper
Unit: 
12th Light Horse
Company: 
B Squadron
Service: 
Cavalry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Thursday, November 7, 1985
Details: 

Henry Ziems (Service No 1590) was born in Albion Park, N.S.W. around 1897.

When Henry enlisted he was single, 18 years old, and employed as a draper.  Henry had served for 3 months in the Militia.

He embarked from Sydney on RMS Moldavia with 6th Reinforcements, 12th Light Horse on 2nd October 1915, and the troops saw service in the Middle East.  Henry was with B Squadron of the 12th Light Horse when they took part in the Beersheeba Charge.  

Henry was admitted to hospital on 14th October 1918 with influenza.

Henry was returned to Australia in March 1919 as an invalid and was discharged on 7th November 1919.

On 29th December 1920 he married Mercia Bondfield at Manly, N.S.W.

Henry owned the Great Western Garage at Katoomba after the war.

In November 1935 Henry wrote to the Army making enquiries about a particular incident that took place either at the time of the Charge, as well as the Tel-el-Sheria actions.  He did not state the exact issue and was referred to Vol VII of the Official War History of Australia "available at most Public Libraries.".

Henry's name appears on the Albion Park Anglican Church 1914 - 1919 memorial.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, ZIEMS H S

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