Are you related to Herbert Henry KURTZ from Dubbo, New South Wales?
I am searching for the descendants of Corporal Herbert Henry KURTZ who served with the 3rd Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force during the Great War. He was born at Dubbo, New South Wales and lists his civil occupation as “Traveller” prior to joining he Australian Imperial Force. His service number was 143 and he left Australia aboard HMAT Euripides (A14) from Port Sydney on 20 October, 1914 according to the First World War Embarkation Roll. Herbert Henry KURTZ landed at Gallipoli on or around 25th April with the 3rd Battalion and according to his service record as per the National Archives of Australia, he was wounded during the August offensive. Having sustained a gun shot wound to his leg, it is highly likely that he received this wound during the battle for Lone Pine where the 3rd Infantry Battalion was heavily engaged.
IMAGE RIGHT: The British War Medal and Victory Medal, similar to that awarded to Corporal Herbert Henry KURTZ. He is also entitled to the 1914-1915 Star.
As a result of his injury and a bout of dysentery, Herbert Henry KURTZ was evacuated to Mudros and then sent to England for further treatment. Perhaps as a result of his injury, he transferred to the Australian Army Pay Corps where he served for the remainder of the war.
Herbert Henry KURTZ may be related to F.A. KURTZ who served in the Merchant Navy during the Great War. If you are related to this person, could you please contact the Medals Gone Missing Administrator.
IMAGE LEFT: The ‘brown over green’ color patch of the 3rd Infantry Battalion, Australian Imperial Force.
Gary Traynor is the volunteer Administrator of the Militaria based website MEDALSGONEMISSING. The aim of this "NOT FOR PROFIT" website is to reunite families, with lost War Medals and other items of militaria. Anything from medals to items of uniform. What Gary refers to as their "lost heritage". He has been actively involved in the Militaria world and researching of Military History for well over 30 years. As a result, Gary also conducts valuations and offers advice on all items of militaria. He has acted as advisor to a number of television and Foxtel productions; including Sir Tony Robinson's "Tour of Duty" series which featured on the History Channel. Gary is a field historian and conducts tours to Gallipoli, The Western Front, Kokoda and many other major battle sites around the world. He was a member of the Australian Army Reserve (UNSWR & 4/3 RNSWR) and served for 23 years with the New South Wales Police Force. He is perhaps the only person who has been employed at the Australian War Memorial in all three capacities .... as a volunteer, part time and full time employee .... starting as a qualified tour guide, working in the public galleries as an Information Assistant and finally Assistant Curator in Military Heraldry & Technology.
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