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Gershun Harbert

Born:
30 Shevat 5648 (12 February 1888)
Died:
18 Tammuz 5676 (19 July 1916)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
HAR9914
Other first name:
Gershom
Other surname:
Harbett
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
30 Shevat 5648 (12 February 1888)
Place of birth:
Warsaw, Poland

Death

Date of death:
18 Tammuz 5676 (19 July 1916)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
Sugar-loaf Salient, France
Cause of death:
Killed in Action
Burial place:
V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles

Places

Other Organisations

Name:
Jewish Lads' Brigade
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From "Russian Anzacs in Australian History"

The three killed [at Sugar-loaf salient in July 1916] were Boris Soans from Estonia and Arthur John Savolainen from Finland, both former seamen, and Gershun Harbert, a Polish Jew. Harbert, a former tailor, had fallen sick on Gallipoli; then in Egypt, when his division made its infamous three-day march across the desert in full kit, he suffered heat-stroke. Despite his poor health he went to the Western Front, where he lasted only a few days. During the attack his 15th Brigade was in the worst position and had to cross the widest part of no-man's-land under the German tempest of fire. Harbert found his end somewhere there among its ditches and furrows. He was reported 'missing in action'. We shall never know what made him join the AIF, probably devotion to his new homeland. A human grain of sand, doing his bit ...

Family

Siblings

Zelda Posner (female)

Homefront

Military Record

Military service:
Australian Infantry Forces
Military record no.:
2173
Date enlisted/conscripted:
13 May 1915
Date discharged/death:
19 July 1916
Rank at discharge/death:
Private
Assignments
Battalion/unit:
59th Battalion
Posting:
Gallipoli 1915
Western Front 1916

Roll of Honour

G. HARBERT, 19 July 1916

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Private
Date of Death:
19/07/1916
Age:
Regiment / service:
59th Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Cemetery:
Grave reference:
16.
Additional information:

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Tailor

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