Lance Corporal Herbert Austin West

Service number 5914
Ranks Held Lance Corporal, Private
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Death Date 1917-10-08
Death Place Belgium
Final Rank Lance Corporal
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 20th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Lance Corporal Herbert Austin West (5914, 20th Battalion) from Botany, NSW was working in a parcel room before he enlisted in August 1916. He was wounded in the second battle of Bullecourt (3 May) and promoted to Lance Corporal in June. He was wounded again on 6 October and died two days later. He is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. His mother later wrote that he had enlisted at the age of 14 years 8 months without the consent of his parents, and was 16 years 1 month at the time of his death. Herbert had two older brothers who both served in the AIF, Harry Walter West and Clifford Sydney West.



Date of enlistment 13 May 1916
Date of embarkation 07 October 1916
Date of death 08 October 1917
Date of fate 08 October 1917