Horace Paul Sullivan

September 6, 2015

SULLIVAN, Horace Paul- – – SPC 1908

DoB:- – 1892, Yarrawonga, VIC

Father:- – James Walter Sullivan

Mother:- – Amy Constance, nee Coleman

Service No:- 3255

Rank:- – Private, Corporal, Lance Sergeant

Unit:- – 57th Battalion

Horace Paul Sullivan enlisted on 20 July 1915. He was 23 years and one month old, a single man who worked as a bank clerk. He was five feet, six and a half inches tall, with a fair complexion, green eyes and fair hair.

He embarked from Australia on 26 November 1915 for overseas service. He was allotted to and proceeded to join the 58th Infantry Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir, on 23 February 1916. The following month he was attached to the 57th Battalion.

Private Sullivan was admitted to hospital in April 1916, suffering initially from influenza, but soon after from pyrexia (a fever with an unknown cause). He was diagnosed with pleurisy by the end of April. He was considered well enough to rejoin his unit on 2 May, and then embark for France on 17 June. He disembarked at Marseilles and was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in France on 23 October 1916.

After taking leave in England early in 1917, he returned to France where he was wounded in action, sustaining a gunshot wound in the face on 25 September 1917. He was admitted to hospital at Rouen for treatment. After rejoining his unit on 28 October, he was wounded again in August 1918, sustaining gunshot wounds to his knee, arm, cheek and abdomen. He died of these wounds on 16 August 1918. He was 36 years old.

He is remembered at Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France.