Albert Kenneth HEALY
Year of Birth: 1894
Place of Birth: Percyville, Queensland
Date of Enlistment: 8 March 1916
Date and Place of Embarkation: 16 August 1916, Brisbane, Queensland
Ship: HMAT Boorara A42
Unit(s): 46th Australian Infantry Battalion
Regimental Number: 2178a
Died: 8 August 1918
Bert was born 18 June 1894 to Phillip Shaw Healy and Annie Hodge and the youngest of 14 children. Mary Isabella born 1871, Ethel Eliza 1873, Bertha Augusta 1874, Gertrude Francis, 1876, Clara June 1878, Philip Ernest 1880, Jeremiah Charles 1882, Elenor Grace 1882, Alexander Fletcher 1884, Oscar Stanley 1886, Wilfred Cecil 1888, Annie May 1890, Jack Galloway 1892 and then Albert Kenneth 1894.
Bert’s father died in 1904, his brother Jack Galloway Healy served in the war and was killed in action 11 April 1917.
On his enlistment in Cairns, Albert states he was born in Percyville, Queensland, his age was 21 years 8 months, occupation a miner and next of kin his mother, Mrs Annie Healy, Wolfram, Queensland. His height was 5 feet 10 inches, weighed 1578 pounds with fair complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair. His religion was Church of England. Bert attended school in Mareeba.
After disembarking he was taken to hospital sick on 3 November 1916, returned to duties and again spent time in hospital during April 1917 to June 1917. Rejoined his Battalion in Belgium on the 29 June 1917 and was once again admitted to hospital sick 21 December 1917. Bert had also attained the rank of Corporal but reverted to Private at his own request. After rejoining his Battalion he was awarded the Military Medal on the 6 May 1918.
Bert Healy was killed in action in France on the 8 August 1918 most likely in the Battle for Amiens in which the 46th Battalion took part. He is remembered on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France.
HMAT Booraro A42 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial
NAA B2455 – Military Medal Award
NAA B2455 letter to his mother re his burial
Cairns Post 1 October 1918 p4
Northern Herald (Cairns) 9 May 1919 p50
Ed Healy Collection
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