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Born in Geelong, Victoria and a miner by trade, Harold Hereward Bieske was 25 years and married when enlisted on the 3rd of November 1915 in the 26th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. His Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A50 'Itonus' on the 8th of August 1916. On the 28th of March 1917 wounded in action in France and on the 30th of March 1919 promoted Lieutenant. On the 31st of March 1917 Gunshot wound right leg comp fracture; admitted to CCS (Casualty Clearing Station), France and on the 13th of April as per AIF orders placed on Seconded List. On the 14th of May 1917 Gunshot wound Left Leg amputated, Wandsworth. On the 26th of June 1917 Lieutenant placed on supernumerary list, England and transferred to Sobham Hall, England. Invalidated boat roll and returned to Australia per 'H.T. D12' Gunshot wound right Leg on the 7th of June 1918 and struck off strength and appointment terminated on the 20th of August 1918. Tree No.3580