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51st Battalion, Australian Imperial Force

21st Nov 1916 Salvage

26th Nov 1916 Reliefs Completed

15th Feb 1917 Preparing for Reliefs

16th Feb 1917 Ammunition Dump Targeted

16th Dec 1917 Football

2nd Apr 1917 Attack Made

11th Apr 1917 On the Move

22nd Apr 1917 On Leave

3rd May 1917 Courts Martial

9th Jun 1917 Pushing Forwards

10th Jun 1917 Pushing Forwards

15th Jun 1917 Cricket Match

19th Jun 1917 Courts Martial

1st Jul 1917 Cricket Match

2nd Jul 1917 General Killed

16th Jul 1917 Strongpoint Captured

26th Jul 1917 Route March

27th Jul 1917 Inspection

6th Aug 1917 On Stand by

16th Sep 1917 Brigade Sports

17th Sep 1917 Lecture

19th Sep 1917 Training

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51st Battalion, Australian Imperial Force

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Harford David Bernard. Pte. (d.31st Mar 1917 )

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Pte. David Bernard Harford 28th Infantry Battalion (d.31st Mar 1917 )

David Bernard Harford was born at Albany, Western Australia, on 28 October 1886. His mother would later state that "he was born in a spring cart at Albany after us doing a journey of [fourteen] hundred miles." Previous to the First World War, Harford had distinguished himself as a capable rifleman, winning several prizes in rifle club competitions while also taking up work as a miner and general labourer. The 28-year-old enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 14 July 1915 and departed Fremantle with the 28th Infantry Battalion aboard HMAT Miltiades on 12 February 1916.

On arriving in Egypt Harford noted in his diary his surprise at seeing gum trees lining some of the streets in Cairo. After being sent to England for further training he was deployed to the Western Front with the 51st Infantry Battalion. The unit fought its first major battle at Mouquet Farm in August and September where it suffered huge casualties. For the remainder of 1916 and throughout the bleak winter Harford and his battalion alternated between front-line duty, training, and labouring behind the line. During this time he continued to document his experiences at the front in his diary. Early the next year the Australian forces in France cautiously pursued the German Army as it withdrew to the heavily fortified Hindenburg Line. On 31 March 1917 Harford sustained a gunshot wound and died that same day whilst being treated by the 5th Australian Field Ambulance. David Bernard Harford is buried at Pozières British Cemetery at Ovillers-La Boisselle, France.

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