BUSWELL, Henry George “ Harry “ (MM)

Service Number –   859.

Rank –    Sergeant.

Unit / Division –   11th  Battalion.

Enlistment Date –   7  September  1914.

Address on Enlistment –   Wittenoom  Street,  Bunbury,  W. A.

Occupation on Enlistment –   Lumper.

Next of Kin on Enlistment –   Mrs  Bridget  Barrow,  Wittenoom  Street,  Bunbury,  W. A.


Religion –   Roman  Catholic.

Embarkation Details –   From  Fremantle  on  2  November  1914  on  Transport  A11  “ Ascanius “.

KIA / Mortally Wounded –

Date –   22  July  1916.

Place –   Villers- Brettoneux,  France.

Age at Death –   33.

Burial Location / Commemoration Details –   Villers- Brettoneux  Memorial,  Somme,  France.

Panel Number, Roll of Honour (Australian War Memorial) –   61.


Sergeant Buswell was recommended award of the Military Medal- ‘ For conspicuous gallantry. During a hand to hand attack on the enemy’s trenches he took up an exposed position commanding a communication trench from whence, by cutting down the fuses, he used bombs with such deadly effect that he entirely frustrated the efforts of the enemy to reinforce their ranks by that channel. Although exposed to fire from the enemy he stood his ground until the position was consolidated. “

Date of London Gazette :- 27 October 1916.

Location in London Gazette :-  Page 10486,  Position 37.

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette :- 19 April 1917.

Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette :- Page 918,  Position 95.