Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Henry Ernest KEATING


Born: 1895

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 5072

Birthplace: Toolern Vale, Victoria

Parents: Edward Symonds Keating (1855-1934)
Mary Ann Jane Morand (1857-1946)

Died: 16 April, 1918

Cause: Killed In Action

Burial place: Nieppe Bois British Cemetery, Plot 1, Row B 24, Vieux-Berquin

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal
  • 1914-1918 Memorial Plaque


60th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement



Regimental Service Number: 3418

Enlistment date: 19 May, 1917 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 19 years 3 months

Address at enlistment: Rockbank, Victoria

Religion: Roman Catholic

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Father: Edward Symonds Keating, c/- Rockbank Post Office

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Weight: 137 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks: Scar thumb, left hand

Embarkation ship: HMAT A16 Port Melbourne.

Rank: Private

War Service Summary

09/05/1917 - Enlisted; at Broadmeadows Depot
06/07/1917 - Embarked for duty overseas aboard HMAT A16 Port Melbourne from Sydney
16/09/1917 - Disembarked Liverpool; marched in to Hurdcott
08/01/1918 - Proceeded overseas to France
11/01/1918 - Marched out to unit
14/01/1918 - Joined 60th Battalion
20/02/1918 - Transferred to 2nd Machine Gun Company, 60th Battalion, in the field
01/04/1918 - Designation changed to 1st Machine Gun Company
16/04/1918 - Reported Wounded in Action but amended to Killed in Action

War Service Commemerated

Killed in action.

Date: 16 April, 1918

Red Cross Report:
“Just after dinner the enemy started shelling again and after about half an hour – between 12 and 1 p.m. a shell landed right by the side of the men on shift. Pte. H.E. Keating was nearest to it and was very severely wounded. Shell pieces struck him in many places and he was picked up unconscious. He was immediately carried away on a stretcher but never regained consciousness. We can therefore believe that he would not suffer at all.” Lieut. D.S. Baird

16/04/1918 – Buried: Bois D’Aval Military Cemetery, 3 miles South East Hazelbrouck

Buried: Nieppe Bois British Cemetery, Plot 1, Row B 24, Vieux-Berquin

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Area location: Panel 175

Effects returned via Australcrag:
Diary, religious book, rosary, bone brooch

Additional Information

The Bacchus Marsh Express
5 May, 1917, p. 2

Mr. and Mrs. E. Keating, of Rockbank, have been officially informed that their son, W. D. Keating, has been wounded. H. D. Keating has recently enlisted, making three sons from this family.

The Argus
12 April, 1919, p. 13

KEATING. - In sad but loving memory of our dear son and brother, Private H. E. (Harry)
Keating, No, 3418, 2nd Machine Gun Company (formerly 60th Battalion), killed in action in France, April 14, 1918.
Death will find us soon or later.
On the deck or in the cot;
And we cannot meet it better
Than in working out our lot.
Our brave brown-eyed laddie.
- (Inserted by his sorrowing but proud father, mother, brothers, and sisters, Rockbank.)


Australian War Memorial
Service Record
Newspaper accounts