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metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.title: Harry Henty
Also known as: Henty, Harry
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: 2119
Place of Birth: Adelaide (S.A.)
Next of Kin: Mary Anne Henty - Mother ; Meadows South, S.A.
Biographical notes: Henty worked as a Telegraph operator at Tennant Creek prior to the war. He returned to the region after the war and became a stockman/pastoralist. Henty was killed by Willaberta Jack in 1928 and his daughter Claire was removed to Croker Island Mission - an institution for Aboriginal children of mixed descent. Claire Henty-Gebert wrote her life story in "Paint me black".
Occupation: Stockman
Date of Enlistment: 2-Mar-1915
Age at Enlistment: 23
Place of Enlistment: Keswick (S.A.)
Unit: 12th Battalion
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Date of Death: 1928-12-15
Place of Death: Barrow Creek (N.T.)
Place of Burial: Barrow Creek (N.T.)
Honours and Awards: Military Medal
Service History: Henty embarked from Australia on 23 June 1915 per HMAT A30 'Borda'. He served first at Gallipoli and then went to France via Alexandria. He was injured on many occasions and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Henty was recommended for award on 15 May 1917 for his efforts in maintaining command of a bomb post which was under heavy fire at operations east of Bullecourt. Although injured Henty kept the position secure and assisted in driving the enemy back until he was relieved. He was awarded the Military Medal on 2 July 1917. Henty was also recommended for award for his actions during the attack on Polygon Wood on 25 September 1917 where he kept his platoon organised following the wounding of his Commander. His actions were recorded as being of 'an exceptionally high standard' and 'greatly inspired his men'. Henty returned to Australia per ‘Llanstephan Castle’ on 10 February 1918.
Related link: Military Medal
"Tribute to Mr. Harry Henty", The Register, 21 December 1928: p.13.
"Funeral Notice", The Register, 19 December 1928: p.10.
Telegraph Operators at Tennant Creek c1912, State Library of South Australia B19123
"The Late Mr. Harry Henty - Photograph", The Register, 19 December 1928: p.11.
Willaberta Jack created by David J. Tranter, et.al. Sydney : ABC, 2007.
Embarkation Roll - HMAT A30 'Borda'
Paint me black : memories of Croker Island and other journeys by Claire Henty-Gebert. Canberra : Aboriginal Studies Press, 2005.
Sunset of an era: the Heffernan's of Ti-Tree, a true account of station life in the outback based on taperecorded interviews, letters and newspaper reports by Philipp A. Scherer. Tanunda, S. A. : P.A. Scherer, 1993: p. 24-25.
The story of the twelfth : a record of the 12th Battalion, A.I.F. during the Great War of 1914-1918 by L.M. Newton. East Sussex : Naval & Military Press, 2010.
Service Record
Nominal Roll
"Wilberta Jack Acquitted of Murder of Harry Henty", Northern Standard, 2 August 1929: p.5.
Military Medal - Recommendation
Unit War Diary
metadata.territoryanzacs.dc.subject.*: ANZAC
World War, 1914-1918 -- Northern Territory
Australia. Army. Australian and New Zealand Army Corps -- History
Appears in Collections:Returned ANZACs

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