Harold Bartrop – Roger (bass)
Service number 6283
Private 15th Reinforcements 1st Field Company Engineers
Enlisted 14 December 1915 Victoria Barracks Sydney
Embarked 21 March 1916 HMAT Aramadale
Arrived in Alexandria 24 April 1916, and joined Misc Reinforcements at Tel-el-Kebir
Proceeded to England and then France, joining his unit there on 6 August 1916
Transferred to 13th Field Company of Engineers 14 August 1916
Accidentally wounded 28 March 1917 whilst making wire entanglements at the front line, admitted to the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station then 9th General Hospital, finally to the 2nd Convalescent Depot; discharged to 55th Infantry Base Depot, Etaples
Rejoined unit 27 April 1917
Awarded the Military Medal 4 October 1917 ‘for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty’ in the Ypres sector
Appointed Lance Corporal France Corporal 5 November 1917
Promoted Temp 2nd corporal 14 January 1918
Promoted to 2nd Corporal 14 April 1918
Returned to Australia 12 May 1919 per Pt Napier
Born in the parish of Leichhardt, Sydney NSW
Pre-war lived at Homewood, Victoria St Centennial Park
Occupation – bricklayer, having joined his father in the family building business working in the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs in Sydney
Appearance 5’81/2” blue eyes, brown hair
Age 23 at enlistment
Service commemorated at Waverly Soldiers Memorial 1914-1918, Bondi Road, Waverley Park
“Harold was the second of the Bartrop brothers to enlist, on 14 December 1915. He also underwent further training in Cairo near the Sphinx and in Belgium.
He suffered quite a bit with the incessant shelling and spent the rest of the War in an uninterrupted manner in the mud and filth.
On 4th October 1917 Harold was commended for building a path and carrying engineer stores through ‘no man’s land’ one night, while being strafed and shelled out in the open, and setting ‘ a splendid example’; then made several trips carrying wounded men from the front trenches to the casualty clearing station, in front of machine gun emplacements. He was awarded the Military Medal. He returned to Australia on 12th May 1919. He married quite late, and I was born to quite elderley parents. He died at a respectable age: he never discussed the War, though was inseparable from his wartime friends. However the army magazines issued to the troops were only disposed of late in his life, after being stored out of sight in our garage.