Centenary of WW1; Kilmore Remembers: Harold Valentine Wortley


Harold was born at Kilmore on 1 June 1890, the son of Francis Walwyn Wortley and Elizabeth Ann Hammond. He attended Brighton Grammar School, where he joined the cadets.  Harold then served in the 15th Battalion, Australian Light Horse for four years, reaching the rank of corporal.  He listed his occupation as grocer and storekeeper of Kilmore.

Harold volunteered for overseas service on 17 July 1915, promoted to sergeant and after attending Officer Training School and applied on 22 January 1916 for a commission in the AIF. His application was approved and he was appointed Second Lieutenant in the 7/29th Reinforcements on 6 March 1916. On 15 June 1916 he married Daisey Kathleen Keep at St Kilda.

Harold embarked on 4 July 1916 in Melbourne on the HMAT Berrima bound for England.  He proceeded to France on 9 November 1916 and after receiving a knee injury returned to England for treatment in April 1917.  He returned to France in May 1917 but had recurring trouble with his knee and was posted for duty with the 8th Training Battalion. returned to England in June 1917, and posted back to 29th Battalion in France in February 1918.   Harold became sick with mumps in May 1918 and returned to his Battalion in June 1918.

Harold returned to Australia on the liner Port Melbourne arriving in Melbourne on 20 August 1919 and his appointment was terminated in Melbourne on 4 October 1919.

He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. In early November 1919 Harold was appointed by the Kilmore Shire Council as Inspector of Nuisances.  He served in World War 2 and died in Sydney on 25 July 1955.

Harold is listed on the Kilmore Shire Honour Roll, Kilmore State School Honour Roll and the Kilmore Presbyterian Church Honour Roll.

Harold Valentine Wortley c. 9 May 1916 (Photo: Australian War Memorial)
Harold Valentine Wortley c. 9 May 1916 (Photo: Australian War Memorial)


Reproduced in the North Central Review, 29 July 2014, p11

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