Horace Bair

Horace BlairName   Horace Bair

 Number      Lance corporal 756

 Battalion      8th Battalion  

 Place of Birth   Mirboo North

 Next of Kin   His brother, Arthur Bair of the Otago Hotel Leongatha

 Date and place of enlistment   Broadmeadows 2/9/1914

 Physical details on enlistment   Age 26 years 8 months 5’8”, 155 pounds, grey eyes and light brown hair

 Religion   Presbyterian

Occupation   Horse breaker

 Date and place of death

Horace was so badly affected by the war that he was sent home in September 1917. He died in 1926 aged 38.

Location of grave or memorial

Horace has his name on the White Marble Honour Roll in the Leongatha Memorial Hall. He is buried in the Leongatha Cemetery

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

A member of the Bair family of Leongatha

 Military History

  • Horace was a horse breaker according to his file and his next of kin was his brother Arthur of the Otago Hotel Leongatha.
  • 19/10/14 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Benalla
  • 25/4/1915 He was at the Gallipoli landing with the 8th Battalion
  • 17/7/1915 He was admitted to hospital with influenza.
  • 21/7/1915 He returned to Anzac but he was ill again and went to Lemnos.
  • 5/9/1915 He becomes a Lance Corporal
  • 23/10/15 He was sick in hospital
  • 3/11/1915 He was moved to Mudros then left Mudros and went to England on the Aquitana
  • 5/12/15 He was admitted to the South General Hospital Egbaston Birmingham with jaundice and nervous breakdown
  • 10/12/15 He was discharged
  • From January 1916 he continued to be ill in England
  • 17/5/16. Horace went to France where he got mumps and was admitted to hospital.
  • From February 1917 he was in and out of hospital
  • He was admitted to Larkhill Hospital
  • Finally in September 1917 Horace is sent home a victim of DAH a serious heart problem.
  • He was granted a pension for his disability of 20/- a fortnight, his wife received 10/-. He was in Leongatha and she Warrandyte

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