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Henry Minter

Male 1891 - 1915  (~ 24 years)


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  • Name Henry Minter 
    Born Mar 1891  Westgate on Sea, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 2441 
    _UID 0AB0F64484D641A9A22586D0AA19A4CB8702 
    Died 11 Aug 1915  WW1 casualty at Gallipoli Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Henry evidently went to Australia. The following is from the National Archives of Australia:
      MINTER Henry : Service Number - 758 : Place of Birth - Westgate on Sea England : Place of Enlistment - Toowoomba QLD : Next of Kin - (Father) MINTER William [WW1].
      Service record is at National Archives of Australia.

      The following was sent to me by Cliff Minter, April 2008:

      HENRY MINTER
      Research notes obtained on MINTER, Henry.
      Rank in the Australian Imperial Forces: Private
      Regimental Number. 758
      Age: 24 years and 10 months on enlistment
      Place of Birth: Westgate On Sea, Kent, England
      Occupation prior to enlistment: Labourer
      Marital Status: Single
      Description: 70 Inches tall, 10 stone and 6 pounds in weight, chest 34 to 36 inches, fair
      complexion, grey eyes and fair flair.
      Address:
      Father. Mr William MINTER
      26 Brier's Avenue,
      Margate, England
      Religion: Church of England
      Service Outline in the A.I.F:
      Henry had served three years and 10 months with the East Anglian Territorials,
      Royal Engineers, prior to coming to Australia.
      He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces in Toowoomba, Queensland on the
      20th October, 1914 and was sent to a camp at Enoggera with Queensland's 15th
      Battalion.
      The 15th Battalion were sent to a camp in Broadmeadows, Victoria in November of
      1914.
      On the 22nd December, 1914, E Company, 15th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st
      Division, AIF, embarked for the Middle East from Melboume aboard the
      Transport Ship A40 'Ceramic'.
      On the 2nd February, 1915, Henry disembarked at Alexandria and his battallion
      were sent to Aerodrome Camp, 9 miles from Cairo, followed by training near Tel El
      Kebir.
      Returning to Alexandria in early April, the 15th Bn embarked on the Transport Ship
      'Australind' for Lemnos Island for further training and landing practice.
      On the 24th April, 1915, the 'Australind' embarked Lemnos bound for the
      Dardenalles straits.
      At dawn on the 25th April, Australian troops landed on the beaches of what is now
      known as Anzac Cove., located on the coast of the sma town of Gallipoli, Turkey.
      From the landing, operations were conducted around Shrapnel Gully and the beach
      area as the Australian's attempted to obtain a foothold.

      After the initial confusion, the 15th Battalion were positioned at Pope's Hill on
      the 30th, April, 1915, under constant enemy machine gun fire. The position was
      assaulted and the 15th Bn held for two days until ordered to retire on the 4th May
      for a day's rest.
      Two days later, they returned to the front line at Quinns Post which was only 15
      yards from enemy trenches. The Turkish positions were attached successfully on the
      9th May, 1915 but the 15th Bn were ordered to retire the next day due to
      outflanking by the enemy.
      On the 20th May, 1915, the enemy counter attacked on Quinn's Post. This action
      left 5000 enemy dead in front of Quinns Post. Three days later on the 23rd May, an
      Armistice was held to recover casualties and bury the dead. Australians and Turks
      fraternised
      The 15th Bn were moved to a 'rest area', 300 yards to the rear on the 30th May,
      with a rapid return the next day to Quinns Post to repel enemy in the process of
      wrestling the old defensive positions from holding troops with underground mines
      and assaults,
      They returned to the 'rest area' near the Beach on the 2nd June, 1915.
      Mid June 1915, saw them tasked with digging communications trenches towards
      the left flank from Walter's Ridge Reserve Position.
      AUGUST OFFENSIVE -The Breakout
      The allies attempted to launch major attacks to help the British forces landing at
      Suvla Bay and to push the Turks back in an attempt to break the stalemate.
      The 15th Bn attempted a night move on the 6th August, 1915 to the left flank
      through the Aghyle Dere gully against constant opposition, in anticipation of the
      major friendly attacks at Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Chunuk Bair and the Nek.
      Further nights moves were conducted towards key enemy positions of Abdel
      Rahman Bair and thence Hill 971 on the 7th August, 1915, with continuing stiff
      resistance and close quarter fighting for several days. (The 15th Battalion's
      casualties on these two night moves were, 103 killed, 262 wounded and 95 missing.)
      On the 8th August, 1915, Henry MINTER was wounded in action with gunshot
      wounds to his left shoulder and neck. He was taken by stretcher to the 4th field
      Ambulance.
      Henry Minter died of wounds three days later at the 13th Casualty Clearing
      Station, Gallipoli on the 11th August, 1915.
      REMARKS:
      Buried at the Embarkation Pier Cemetery, Support Memorial C.23, Gallipoli by
      Reverend J. C GIBSON.
      Awarded 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal 1914-19 plus
      Memorial Plaque and scroll. All sent to Mr. W MINTER.
    Person ID I2441  Ash, Kent
    Last Modified 3 Jun 2016 

    Father William Minter,   b. 16 Feb 1855, Sheldwich, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1943, Canterbury, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Adelaide Pratt MURTON,   b. Dec 1852, Faversham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1910, Thanet RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Married 17 Oct 1878  St Mary of Charity, Faversham, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • William Minter, 23, bachelor draper of Croydon, Surrey, father Thomas Minter farmer and Adelaide Poatt (sic) Murton, 25, spinster of Faversham, father William Murton grocer, by banns, sign/sign (signs Adelaide P Murton). Thomas Gillett (sign), Thomas Minter (sign), Jn H Murton (sign), H Minter Jnr (sign), H Minter (sign), Thomas (Dixon) senr (sign) witnesses.
    Family ID F218  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S3] BMD index (Reliability: 3).
      Q1 1891 Thanet 2a/943

    2. [S6] Merrilyn Minter (Reliability: 3).
      Henry enlisted in the 15th Battalion [Regt No 758] 20 October 1914 and died of wounds received at Gallipoli, 11 August 1915, aged 25. His name is on the South Australian War memorial.

    3. [S173] Cliff Minter, from St Mary of Charity, Faversham PR, April 2010, Q4 1878 Faversham 2a/1361. (Reliability: 3).