2nd Lieutenant H. F. Tippet, AIF
Died of wounds
18th September 1915
at Sea, aboard Hospital Ship 'Maheno'
24th Battalion, A.I.F.
Previously served in Senior Cadets, 3 years 8 months.
Joined AIF 22 March 1915. Embarked as C.S.M., B Coy. Promoted Lieut. 21 Sep 1915 (after death). Wounded 18 Sep 1915.
Birth Certificate reference states Father; Thomas. Mother; Fanny (nee Edwards). Registered Horsham.
Sister; Flossie, aged 4.5.
Brother; Bergen Stanley, aged 3.
Father was a school teacher.
CWGC lists: TIPPETT, 2nd Lt. Harold Freeman. 24th Bn. Died of wounds at sea 18th Sept., 1915. 66.
19 years, 10 months old at time of death. Education details supplied by father. 'He was a model son and a very generous friend to needy ones - but we (his parents) have his eulogy in our hearts and do not want it elsewhere.' (AWM 131 Informant father, who strongly emphasised that the spelling of his last name was with a single 't' at the end).
'Our section has lost three killed and two wounded out of 30 men, so we have not done too badly. This afternoon has been very quiet so far. Yesterday morning they got a major, a captain, and a sergeant-major [Tippet]. Up to 3 o'clock it was so quiet it seemed like a picnic, and at 5 o'clock it was hell for an hour.' (Letter to mother, dated 19 Sep 1915, Gaba Tepe, from Driver J. O. Pain, Machine Gun Section, 24th Battalion, in Melbourne Herald 18 Nov 1915 p1).
'18th & 19th - Lone Pine. Sniping, bombing, and preparations to meet possible attack. Lieut. Tippet killed, six men wounded.' (Extract from 'record of operations' in Harvey WJ p30).
Father signed consent to join AIF. Appointed to rank of 2nd Lieutenant three days after death. Died from effects of bullet wound to head. Buried at sea off Gallipoli by Chaplain W. E. Gilham. (Papers in dossier).
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