Name: Hubert John Harris Tozer

Birth Date: 1892 Where: Melbourne, Victoria
Died: Where:
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill, Western Australia Age: 23
Serial Number: 1886 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Lieutenant

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal, Military Medal, Military Cross

 

Photograph Tozer

Service Details:

 

 

16 June

1915                      Blackboy Hill Training camp

29 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle

17 Oct. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

18 February

1916                      Promoted Corporal

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

7 June

1916                      Recommended for Military Medal

8 July .

1916                      Injured

9 December

1916                      Rejoined Unit

February

1917                      Warlencourt

10 February

1917                      T/CSM

March

1917                      Attack on Malt Trench

17 April

1917                      Appointed 2nd Lieutenant

May

1917                      Battle of Bullecourt (Hindenburg Line)

June

1917                      Bapaume

August

1917                      Cassel

18 September

1917                      Ypres

October

1917                      Broodseine & Passchendale

26 October

1917                      Battle of Passchendale (Ypres)

December

1917                      Red Lodge

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre

May

1918                      Morlancourt

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

29 August

1918                      Somme

2 Sept

1918                      Mont St. Quentin

5 October

1918                      Wounded

11 November

1918                      Armistice

1 February

1919                      Awarded Military Cross (29/8/18 action)

23 August

1919                      Returned to Australia.

 

 

 

 

Biographical Details:

Not a great deal is known about Hubert Tozer. Although born in Victoria in 1892 he was living in Perth with his brother Edgar, whom he had nominated as Next of Kin, when he enlisted with the 3rd Reinforcement of the 28th Battalion.
A clerk by profession Hubert enlisted at the Blackboy Hill Training Camp in June 1915.  His application was prominently marked: unfit. Flat feet deformed toes.   An officer intervened on Hubert’s behalf to ensure his enlistment.
Hubert served at Gallipoli and was promoted to Corporal in February 1916, the rank he held as Lieutenant Gill’s senior NCO during the Trench Raid. Hubert is No. 39 in the Black ANZACs’ group photograph.
 Hubert was awarded the Military Medal for his role in the raid:
On the night of the 5th/6th June he showed great courage, coolness & devotion to duty while cutting wire within a few feet of enemy trenches. On the following night when a raid was made on the enemy trenches he showed great initiative and courage.

 Hubert was injured in July 1916 but soon after returning to the field he was made Temporary Company Sergeant Major (T/CSM) and then, 2 months later, 2nd Lieutenant. In September he was recommended for a Military Cross:

'When the advance south of Peronne, on 29th August 1918, was held up at the Somme Canal, he went forward, and at great personal risk made a daring reconnaissance of the bridges over the canal. Despite the fact that he was continually fired on by snipers, he completed his task, gaining valuable information.'

Soon after his recommendation for the Military Cross Hubert was promoted Lieutenant and, a week later, was wounded. He was transferred to England for treatment and perhaps it was then that he met Evaline Burnett from Glasgow, whom he married in July 1919.
Hubert returned to Perth with his wife in 1919. It is unknown if they had children.
Hubert enlisted again during World War 2. He assumed his rank of Lieutenant, was promoted Captain at Northam Training and then to Major with the 10th Garrison Battalion at Rottnest and Swanbourne. He was subsequently awarded the Efficiency Decoration (ED) for service.
Hubert Tozer died in 1965.  His widow applied for his Gallipoli Medallion in 1967.

      Northam Training Camp 1941 where Tozer was stationed


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176  Date: 30 November 1916

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67     Date: 3 June 1919