Herbert Ryan


General Reinforcements, AIF


Date/Place of Birth: 22 September 1895, Bailey Park, St Marys NSW
Date/Place of Death: 6 February 1919, Sutton Veny, England

Biographical details: Herbert Ryan was born on 22 September 1895 at Bailey Park St Marys, the son of John Napoleon and Mary Hills (nee Morphett) Ryan. After completing his schooling at St Marys Public School, Ryan worked as a fencing contractor before enlisting in the AIF.
Service details: Ryan enlisted on 4 June 1918 and completed his initial training with a composite battalion at Liverpool. He was allocated to the 13th General Service Reinforcements and embarked for the war on aboard A30 HMAT Borda on 17 July 1918. On 20 July 1918 while in transit, Ryan was found guilty of smoking below decks and admonished. On 23 September 1918, Ryan disembarked in England and was admitted to the Fort Pitt Central Military Hospital at Chatham with mumps. On 14 October 1918, Ryan was discharged to No 1 Command Depot at Sutton Veny before being transferred to the 1st Training Battalion on 31 October 1918. On 29 January 1919, Ryan was admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital with influenza and died on 6 February 1919 from broncho pneumonia. He was buried in Grave 68, Military Section of St John the Evangelist Church, Sutton Veny.
Memorial Details: Ryan is commemorated on Memorial Panel 185, 167 Sutton Veny (St John) Churchyard, Wiltshire, England and the Honor Roll at Victoria Park, St Marys.
Australian War Memorial First World War Nominal Roll
Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
NAA: B2455, RYAN H 59584

Nepean Times 28 June 1919, p2, c2

The Late Pte H Ryan: Mrs J N Ryan, of Bailey Park, St Marys, has received the following communication from Base Records Office, Melbourne, under date June 7:-

With reference to the report of the regrettable loss of your son, the late No 59584, Private H Ryan, General Service Reinforcements, I am now in receipt of advice which shows that he was admitted to the 1st Australian General Hospital, Sutton Veny, England, on 29 January, 1919, suffering with influenza (dangerously ill), where he died on 6th February, from broncho pneumonia. He was buried on the 11th ideam in St John the Evangelist Church-yard, Sutton Veny, England, separate single grave in virgin soil, consecrated ground, Chaplain the Rev T McKeown (Church of England) officiating. The deceased soldier was buried with full military honors, the coffin (elm with brass mounts) draped with the Australian flag, being borne to the graveside on a gun-carriage, preceded by a firing party from No 1 Australian Command Depot. The pall was supported by six members of deceased’s ;ate unit. The funeral was attended by two officers and about eighty non-commissioned officers and men who followed the remains and were present at the graveside ceremony. Headquarters AIF depots in United Kingdom were represented at the funeral. The utmost care and attention is being devoted where possible to the graves of our soldiers. It is understood that photographs are being taken as soon as is possible, and these will be transmitted to next-of-kin when available. These additional details are furnished by direction, it being the policy of the department to forward all information received in connection with deaths of members of the Australian Imperial Force.