Memorial appeal over WWI soldier

The Returned Services League in Australia wants has appealed for relatives of a Kettering-born man who died in WWI to get in touch ahead of the unveiling of a new Anzac memorial
The Returned Services League in Australia wants has appealed for relatives of a Kettering-born man who died in WWI to get in touch ahead of the unveiling of a new Anzac memorial
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A veterans’ association in Australia has appealed for help tracing a photo of a Kettering-born soldier who enlisted in the Australian Army and died during the First World War.

Harold Hales, son of George and Emma Jane Hales and brother of Edward Percy, Beatrice Marian, Charlie Herbert and Bernard Sargeant Hales, travelled to the Australian state of Victoria in 1914.

His next of kin address when he signed up aged 18 in January 1915 was for his mother at 40 Argyll Street, Kettering. He served with the Aussie forces for 18 months before dying of injuries in July 1916 in France. His sacrifice has been remembered via a plaque in Emerald, Victoria.

In April 2015, the Returned Services’ League branch will open an Anzac Walk, featuring plaques with a personal and military history plus a photo of the 32 local men who died.

Organisers want to find relatives who can supply a photograph of Harold before August 31. Email janealogy@westnet.com.au or the president of the Emerald RSL Peter Maloney via www.emeraldrsl.com.au.