Reginald Grove Sexty MID

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A Record of War Service - 28th Battalion p.97
Personal Information
Date of Birth unknown
Place of Birth Ross, Herefordshire, England
Death 9 Apr 1966, aged 79
Place of Death Kelmscott, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 30 years, 3 months
Description 5'9" (1.75m) tall; weight 144 lbs (65.3 kg); fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair.
Occupation Inspector SCPA (now RSPCA)
Religion Church of England
Address Beaumont street, South Perth, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife Mrs Nelly Sexty
Military Information
Reg Number 776
Date of Enlistment 5 Jan 1915
Rank Captain
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, C Company / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division
Date of Embarkation 9 Jun 1915 - 30 Jun 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A11 Ascanius
Date of Return 18 Oct 1917 - 3 Dec 1917
Ship Returned On HMAT A72 Beltana
Fate Returned to Australia (medical)
Medals Mentioned in Despatches
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Reg married Nellie Davenport in 1914. Nellie died in 1965.

War Service

Original Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant of the 28th Battalion. Promoted 2nd Lieutenant on 1 Mar 1916, Lieutenant on 21 Aug 1916; then Captain on 12 Mar 1917. Served as the Transport Officer 1916-1917. With the rest of the 28th Battalion, Reg sailed for Egypt from Fremantle aboard HMAT A11 Ascanius on 9 Jun 1915, arriving at Port Tewfik, Egypt on 2 Jul 1915 and, after travelling in a convoy of four trains with other units, concentrated along with the rest of the 7th Brigade at Abbassia near Cairo, where they were assigned to the newly formed Australian 2nd Division

Reg embarked with the battalion on the HMT Ivernia from Alexandria for Gallipoli on 4 Sep 1915. On 10 Sep 1915 at Mudros they were transferred to the HMS Sarnia for the journey from Mudros harbour to Anzac Cove. Reg served the remainder of the campaign on Gallipoli before being evacuated wihthe Battalion aboard HMT Osmanieh, disembarking in Mudros harbour on 14 Dec 1915. They travelled back to Alexandria from Mudros on the HMT Ausonia, disembarking on 10 Jan 1916.

As the Battalion's Transport Officer, he proceeded with the battalion's advance party of 25 men and 5 horses on 15 Mar 1916 aboard HMT Minneapolis for France, entering via Marseilles on 19 Mar 1916. The 25th Battalion with whom they travelled was the first Australian Battalion to land on French soil.[1] The rest of the battalion travelled on HMAT A32 Themistocles, arriving on the afternoon of 21 Mar 1916.

Had a number of periods of serious health concern - Influenza, bronchitis, pleurisy and tubercle of lung. On 20 Dec 1916 he was sent to the 1st Anzac Rest Centre until 2 Jan 1917. On 20 Mar 1917 he presented to 5th Field Ambulance who sent him on to the 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Station, then to the 47th Casualty Clearing Station before he returned to the unit on 9 Apr 1917. The third episode began on 27 May 1917 when he was referred to the 47th Casualty Clearing Station, who passed him to the 9th Casualty Clearing Station before he was placed on the Ambulance Train on 8 Jun 1917 and evacuated to England via HMHS St George from Rouen. In England he was admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital on 12 Jun 1917 before transferring to Cobham Hall on 3 Aug 1917. The decision was made to return him to Australia with Tuberculosis, Laryngitis, and Bronchitis. His Appointment was terminated 19 Dec 1917.

Award Comment

M.I.D. [2] [3]

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1919 , soldier at 88 Subiaco road, Subiaco with Nellie; 1925 - 1949 at "Hillside" Bunbury road, Armadale. Reg was a bank inspector. From 1954 -1958 Nellie was living at 'Yarraville', Forrest road, Armadale, while Reg was listed as a farmer in River road, Kelmscott. Yarraville was owned by Nellie's daughter Mercy and her husband Carl Rodgers which Carl had purchased in 1932 having moved from Victoria.

Son David John Sexty b.11 Oct 1919 served in 'D' Company of the 2/28th Battalion, with regimental No WX6358. David, a 21 year old Corporal was KIA on 3 Aug 1941 in an attack on the German held positions called Sugar 6 & Sugar 7 on the perimeter of the Tobruk garrison North Africa. He is buried in Grave 15.A.25 in the Knightsbridge War Cemetery Acroma 25 km west of Tobruk.

In 1963 Reg had retired to Flinders Bay.


Served on Armadale-Kelmscott Road Board from 1924 to 1932

  1. The Blue & White Diamond - 28th Battalion page 80, Neville Browning. Advance Press.
  2. Gen Haig's despatch dated 9 Apr 1916, published London Gazette second supplement No 30107 dated 1 Jun 1917
  3. Commonwealth Gazette No 169 of 4 Oct 1917.

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