William Henry (Harry) DUNCAN

11th Depot Unit of Supply A.A.S.C., A.I.F.

Private, Regimental No: 11328.

Died of Illness , 16 February 1919, France.







Biographical Details

Born: 16 March 1886 at Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

Father: Charles DUNCAN.

Mother: Margaret MARKS.

Marital Status: Married,

Education: Eton State School, QLD.

Occupation: Butcher.


Service and Enlistment Details

Enlisted on 5 February 1916 at Rockhampton, QLD.

Address at Enlistment: Mackay, QLD.

Embarkation Details: Embarked Overseas on

18 May 1916 with 11th  Depot Unit of Supply, Australian Army Service Corps at Sydney, NSW on Ship H.M.A.T. A64 "Demosthenes".

Cause of Death: Died of Illness on

16 February 1919 while serving with

11th  Depot Unit of Supply, Australian Army Service Corps in France at the age of 32 years.

Burial place: Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, France, Portion VIII, Row D,

Grave No. 4A0.

Next of Kin:  Wife, Mrs. A. Duncan, Pinnacle via Mackay, QLD.

Religion: Church of England.


William Henry (Harry) Duncan was born 16 March 1886 at Bulimba Road, Stretton, Brisbane, the oldest of 9 children born to Charles and Margaret Duncan (nee Marks).

The family moved to the Mackay area in the late 1880's when his father, Charles, was appointed Postmaster at Walkerston.  The younger children were all born at Walkerston.

Harry and his brother, Lionel Charles (Charlie), were butchers by trade, and worked as a team at various abattoirs  in the general area, breaking down beef carcasses following slaughter.

On 13 June 1909, Harry married Annie Vaughan, and their only child, Henry Thomas (Harry), was born 5 September 1910.

On 5 February 1916, Harry enlisted in the AIF at Rockhampton, and was deployed to the 11th Depot Unit of Supply.   His Unit embarked on the “Demosthenes”, 17 May 1916 arriving at Plymouth, England 29 July 1916, and then on to France aboard the “City of Dunkirk” on 21 Nov 1916.  He was stationed in France during the entire period of his service - Calais, Boulogne, Wimereaux and Etaples, and, on 14 February 1919, was admitted to the 30th General Hospital suffering from Spanish Influenza. Listed as dangerously ill the following day, he died on 16 February 1919.  He is buried at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais, France.

Commemorative Details

Panel 181, Australian War Memorial;
Mackay Old Town Hall Honour Board

Other Sources/Acknowledgements:

Julia Duncan


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