Biography

Birth date: 1895
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Death date: 11 April 1917
Death place: France: Seine Maritime, Rouen
Final rank: Corporal
Service number: 1445 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion

Henry Ernest Wyatt was born at Surrey Hills, Sydney in 1895 and worked as both a boundary rider and as a labourer. At the time of enlisting, Wyatt was working in the machine room of the Sydney newspaper, the Evening News, alongside his brother, Albert Wyatt, whom he listed as his next of kin. Henry Wyatt joined the war effort at Liverpool camp, enlisting on 26 November 1914 and was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Battalion. He embarked for Egypt aboard HMAT Seang Bee, but was slowed when the vessel hit part of the Great Barrier Reef on its way out of Australian waters.

After a short period of training in Egypt, Wyatt was sent to Gallipoli. He participated in the entire campaign, from the landing on 25 April 1915 until the evacuation in December 1915. After the evacuation, Wyatt returned to Egypt with his unit and then went to France. He fought on the Somme during 1916 and earned promotion to the rank of corporal in October of that year. In early April 1917 Henry Wyatt was fatally wounded in fighting in the Bullecourt area, succumbing to his wounds on 11th April 1917 and is buried at St. Sever Cemetery in Rouen, France.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of Death: 11 April 1917
  • Unit: 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 11 February 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Collection Items

Private Record

Wyatt, Henry Ernest (Corporal, b.? - d.1917)

Collection relating to the service of 1445 Corporal Henry Ernest Wyatt, 2 Battalion, AIF, Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front, 1915-1917. Collection consists of two pocket diaries in which Corporal Wyatt made brief entries during 1915 and 1917. Maker: Wyatt, Henry Ernest

1DRL/0608 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Diary of Henry Ernest Wyatt, 4 February 1915 - 31 December 1915

Diary relating to First World War service of 1445 Corporal Henry Ernest Wyatt, 2nd Infantry Battalion. This diary contains entries dating from 4 February 1915 - 31 December 1915. Most entries are very short, but Wyatt descibes his experience of the landing at Anzac Cove in some detail.

RCDIG0000185

Diary of Henry Ernest Wyatt, 1 January 1917 - 3 April 1917

Diary relating to First World War service of 1445 Corporal Henry Ernest Wyatt, 2nd Infantry Battalion. This diary contains entries ranging from 1 January 1917-3 April 1917. The entries are very short, factual notes about day-to-day activities.

RCDIG0000186

Timeline

Date of birth 1895
Date of embarkation 1915-02-11
Date of death 1917-04-11