Biography

Birth date: 1891
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Wilcannia
Death date: 17 August 1917
Death place: Western Front: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Ypres
Final rank: Sergeant
Service number: 871 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • 3rd Australian Field Artillery Battery

Herbert Alexander Affleck was born on a station near Wilcannia, New South Wales. He completed his schooling at Armadale State School before commencing tertiary studies at the Working Men's College of Melbourne (the predecessor of RMIT University). At the outbreak of the First World War, Affleck was working as an Architects pupil in Armadale, Melbourne and had spent time with a reserve regiment.

Affleck enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 19 September 1914. He was assigned to the 1st Field Artillery Brigade and departed Melbourne aboard HMAT Shropshire on 20 October 1914. He was stationed briefly in Egypt before being deployed to Gallipoli.

Affleck was wounded on 6 August 1915 and subsequently transferred from Gallipoli to a rest camp on Lemnos. He re-joined his unit at Gallipoli on 6 October 1915 but was transferred to a hospital on Mudros due to appendicitis on 9 December 1915. After Gallipoli, Affleck spent time at Tel-el-Kebir in Egypt recuperating and preparing for the Western Front. He left Alexandria on 22 March 1916 and arrived in Marseilles on 28 March 1916.
Affleck's brother, William Lindsay, also served with him as a gunner in the 3rd battery of the 1st Field Artillery Brigade. Their commanding officer said that Affleck was a good man and 'had he lived he would have received a decoration'. Herbert Affleck was killed in action while trying to rescue the wounded on 17 August 1917 and is buried at Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Lance Sergeant
  • Date of Death: 17 August 1917
  • Unit: 3rd Australian Field Artillery Battery

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Gunner
  • Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Lance Sergeant
  • Unit: 1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade

Collection Items

Private Record

Affleck, Herbert Alexander (Sergeant, b.1891 - d.1917)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 871 Sergeant Herbert Alexander Affleck, 3 Battery, 1 Artillery Brigade, Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front, 1914-1917. Collection consists of four diaries which detail Affleck's service in Broadmeadows training camp; landing at Gallipoli (25 April... Maker: Affleck, Herbert Alexander

1DRL/0026 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Diary of Herbert Alexander Affleck, 1914

Diary relating to the First World War service of 871 Gunner Herbert Alexander Affleck 3rd Battery, 1st Artillery Brigade. The diary was written between 1 January and 31 December 1914, and contains brief entries describing civilian life in Melbourne, his time spent at Broadmeadows military training...

RCDIG0000534

Diary of Herbert Alexander Affleck, 1915

Diary relating to the First World War service of 871 Gunner Herbert Alexander Affleck 3rd Battery, 1st Artillery Brigade. The diary was written between 1 January and 31 December 1915, and describes the training at Mena Camp, Lemnos harbour and provides an extensive description of the landing at...

RCDIG0000535

Diary of Herbert Alexander Affleck, 1916

Diary relating to the First World War service of 871 Corporal Herbert Alexander Affleck 3rd Battery, 1st Artillery Brigade. The diary was kept between 1 January and 31 December 1916, and records Herbert Affleck's convalescence in Malta, his repeated ear troubles, his return to Alexandria and a...

RCDIG0000536

Diary of Herbert Alexander Affleck, 1917

Diary relating to the First World War service of 871 Sergeant Herbert Alexander Affleck 3rd Battery, 1st Artillery Brigade. The diary was written between 1 January and 14 August 1917, and contains only brief entries describing Herbert Affleck's movement along the wagon line and the placement of...

RCDIG0000537

Timeline

Date of birth 1891
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1914-08-19 1st Field Artillery Brigade.
Date of embarkation 1914-10-20
Date of death 1917-08-17