1916 mmmmmmm Gunshot Wound

Name: Henry James Pike


Birth Date: 1893 Where: Victoria
Died: Where:
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill Age: 22
Serial Number: 1032 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Private

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal, Mentioned In Despatches



 Service Details:



25 February, 1915

1915                      Blackboy Hill Training camp

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle


1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

29 July

1916 mmmmmmmGunshot Wound

17 August

1916                      Rejoined Battalion

6 September

1916                      Belgium


1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt


1917                      Warlencourt


1917                      Attack on Malt Trench


1917                      Battle of Bullecourt (Hindenburg Line)

1 June

1917                      Mentioned in Despatches


1917                      Bapaume


1917                      Cassel

18 September

1917                      Ypres


1917                      Broodseine & Passchendale

26 October

1917                      Battle of Passchendale (Ypres)


1917                      Red Lodge

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre


1918                      Morlancourt

8 June

1918 mmmmmmmBomb Wound

11 November

1918                      Armistice

28 February

1919 mmmmmmmReturned to Australia

10 June

1919 mmmmmmmDischarged




Biographical Details:

Henry Pike was born in Goldsborough Victoria in 1893 to John Pike and Ann Rayson. It is not known if he had any siblings.
Henry enlisted in the 28th Battalion in May 1916 at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. On his application he listed his calling as labourer. Other records show that he was employed at the Ivanhoe Gold mine and also that, for a while, he was a horse driver
Henry’s military career was punctuated with many highs and lows. He served in Gallipoli, volunteered for the Trench Raid, was awarded a Mention in Despatches and promoted T/Corporal. He was wounded twice – on the second occasion in the legs and testicles - and was found guilty of being AWL on eight occasions. His punishments included forfeiture of pay, Field Punishment No. 2 and loss of rank. Despite being involved in some of the bloodiest battles of World War 1 Henry survived.
As one of the 28th Battalion’s scouts, Henry was selected for the June 6/7th Trench Raid. This was a role he excelled in because in April 1917 Henry was recommended for a Mention in Dispatches which was awarded in June 1917.
Henry’s Recommendation for the Mention in Despatches reads:
A Battalion scout who has done excellent work for the past twelve months. He has shown absolute disregard for personal safety and has obtained much useful and valuable information.
In June 1918 Henry was wounded at Morlancourt. He was treated in England but was not returned to France until after Armistice. He returned to Australia in 1919 and was discharged in June 1919.
After the war, Henry returned to WA.  In 1934 he married Minnie Roach.  It is not known if they had children. At some stage Henry returned to Victoria where, in 1967, he applied for the ANZAC Medal. He died in 1970.