Harry Kernick

First Name: 
Harry
Last Name: 
Kernick
Mother's Name: 
Isabella Kernick
Father's Name: 
John Kernick
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, June 15, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
17th Battalion
Company: 
A
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Details: 

Harry Kernick (Service No 1959), was born in Sydney, N.S.W., around 1883.

At enlistment, he was 32 years old, single, worked as a labourer and lived in Helensburgh, N.S.W.

Harry embarked on HMAT A54 Runic, with the 17th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement, on 9th August 1915. He disembarked in Egypt, and was sent to Gallipoli, Turkey, on 13th November 1915, where he joined A Company. Harry remained there until the evacuation.

He then went to France, arriving on 23rd June 1916, Harry saw service on the Western Front, until he was wounded in action on 2nd March 1917. He was evacuated to hospital, for treatment of a gun shot wound to his right hand. Harry returned to duty on 15th October 1917, and was promoted to Corporal, on 13th November 1917.

Harry was wounded a second time, on 31st May 1918, and treated for a shrapnel wound to his shoulder. He returned to duty on 15th June 1918, and was promoted to Lance Sergeant, on 27th August 1918. Harry was returned to Australia in April 1919, and discharged medically unfit, on 16th May 1919. 

Harry died in Randwick, N.S.W., in 1973,  aged 78.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, KERNICK HARRY

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