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No. 6019 Private Victor George Hassen
[a.k.a. V.L. Hassen]
Victor George Hassen (one of three brothers who all served in the Great War) was born in 1891 to Samuel Hassen and Georgina (Gina) Anderson, at Bathurst N.S.W. They had been married at Bathurst in 1879.
All seven children of the marriage were born at Bathurst. They were:
- Samuel Hassen (1881)
- Henry J. Hassen (1883)
- Ann P. Hassen (1886)
- Elizabeth Hassen (1889)
- Victor G. Hassen (1891) - (A.I.F.)
- Richard L. T. Hassen (1894) - (A.I.F.)
- Stanley E. Hassen (1897) - (A.I.F.)
National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), 24 August 1892, p.2.
This was not the only incidence of truancy.
Victor undertook a six year apprenticeship in pipe making with Mr Maguire of Bathurst.
In December 1892, Georgina Hassen charged her husband in the Police Court at Bathurst with desertion.
National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), 29 December 1892, p.2.
She took him to court again in August 1897 charging him with abuse, and neglecting to support her and her seven children.
National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), 30 August 1897, p.2.
Their father, Samuel Hassen, died at Bathurst in 1904, and at some unknown date the family moved to Benalla in Victoria. John Robert Wilson and his wife Georgina appear in the 1914 Electoral Roll at Benalla.
In 1916 and 1917 they were at 200 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne, and, in 1919 they appear at 77 Alexander Street, West Footscray. Georina’s youngest son Stanley Edward Wilson was living with them.
Victor took the Oath for the A.I.F. at Melbourne on 15 May 1916, and was sent to Broadmeadows Depot for training. He signed a second Attestation document on 7 October 1915, and remained on strength with the Reserve Company at Broadmeadows for seven months as a Private, before his official enlistment date of 15 May 1916.
On 28 July 1916, Victor embarked from Melbourne per H.M.A.T. Themistocles, A32, with the 5th Infantry Battalion, 19th Reinforcements. His civilian occupation was still listed as a wood pipe maker, and he had previously been living with his mother at 200 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne.
Their ship disembarked at Plymouth in England on 11 September 1916, and Victor was sent to the 2nd Training Base Camp, at Perham Downs near Salisbury, England.
He was then allocated to the 38th Battalion (from the 5th Battalion) on 24 September 1916, and sent for further training. On 30 September 1916, Victor was taken on strength with the Australian Training Brigade 2/3 at Lark Hill (on the Salisbury Plains).
Private Leslie Hassen was with the 38th Battalion at Lark Hill on 10 November 1916, when he was debited for the loss of some of his clothing. This was the first of several discipline issues.
On 22 November 1916, the 38th Battalion embarked from Southampton, and proceeded to Havre in France. They arrived at their billets on 26 November 1916, and stayed there for two days, before marching on to Armentieres where they were permanently billeted.
The 38th Battalion were in the front lines at Armentieres between 1 and 10 December 1916, and in that time they released gas at the enemy trenches; once, on 4 December 1916.
During a rest period from the front line, Private Leslie Hassen was admitted to hospital, sick. On 12 December 1916 he was treated by the 10th Australian Field Ambulance suffering from Bronchitis. Three days later, he was discharged for duty, back with the 38th Battalion, as they were preparing to relieve the 40th Battalion at the front.
On the afternoon of 6 June 1917, Private Hassen went absent without leave for 1 day. For this act he was subject to a Field General Court Marshall, later that month. The 38th Battalion had just been relieved from action in the trenches between Anscroft Avenue and Ash Lane. While there, they had suffered many casualties, primarily caused by their own barrages.
Several weeks later, on 28 June 1917, Private Victor Hassen was subject to a Field General Court Marshell, held at at Neuve Eglise. The details were -
"CHARGE: Absent without Leave in that he absented himself without leave from his unit, from 4.30 p.m. on 6 June 1917, until 10.30 p.m. on 7 June 1917. PLEADING - Guilty. FINDING – Guilty. SENTENCE – F.P. No 1 for 60 days, Commuted to F.P. No 1 for 30 days. Confirmation – Fine and sentence was confirmed by Lt Col C.H. Davis D.S.O., T/Commanding 1st Australian Infantry Brigade - by sentence commuted to F.P. No 1 for 30 days. Period in arrest awaiting trial – 19-6-17 to 27-6-17 = 9 days. TOTAL FORFEITURE = 41 days at 5/- per day = £10/5/-".
On 4 June 1918, the 38th Battalion relieved the 42nd Battalion in front of Villers-Bretonneux. Private Victor Hassen decided not go with them, and was subsequently charged "W.O.A.S. Absenting himself without leave in that he at Blangy-Tronville, at 9am 4/6/1918, absented himself and remained absent until he surrendered himself at the Divisional Wing at St Leger at 12 noon 17/6/1918". The charge was witnessed by Sgt Phillips, and the punishment awarded by his Commanding Officer was 20 days forfeiture of No.2 pay.
On 14 August 1918, the 38th Battalion were located in the Hamilton Valley, awaiting orders. Private Leslie Hassen was granted leave in England, by his Commanding Officer, and he was away from the front until 12 September 1918. The 38th Battalion were still resting in a support role. Armistice Day occurred on 11 November 1918. The 38th Battalion at this time were at Sorel, undergoing rest and training.
On 28 February 1919, Victor marched out of the A.G.B.D. at Harve in France, and arrived at the Overseas Training Base on 1 April 1919.
Private Leslie Hassen embarked at Devonport on 30 April 1919 per Karagola, to return to Australia. His next of kin were advised of his return on 20 May 1919, and he disembarked at Melbourne on 12 June 1919.
Leslie was discharged from the 3rd Military District in Victoria on 27 July 1919.
The 1919 Electoral Roll states "Victor George Hassen, 77 Alexandra Street, West Footscray, wood pipe expert". He was living at the same address as his mother, step-father, and brother Stanley Edward.
In 1923, Victor G. Hassen married Alice Alma Voss at Marrickville, New South Wales. The Defence Department attempted to contact him at 33 Pine Street in Manly New South Wales, but their letter was marked "Not known at this address". They also wrote to his mother at her West Footscray address, but the family had moved away.
The 1930 Electoral Roll records that Victor Hassan and his wife Alice Alma Hassen were living at 6 Nevoric Crescent, Maroubra, Sydney. At that time he was a labourer.
On 17 May 1959 Victor Hassen wrote to the Defence Department from Marrickville in Sydney, asking for his military medals from World War 1. They were subsequently dispatched to his address at 65 Neville Street, Marrickville.
Victor George Hassen died at Marrickville, New South Wales in 1962, aged 71.
Medals & Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
1. The initials "V.L." on the Council’s Oak Board is a mistake and should be "V.G."
2. Both the names of Hassen L.R., and Hassen V. L. first appeared in the Roll of Honor, Werribee Shire Banner,13 February 1919, p.3.
This was after the Great War had ended.
3. After living together since before the Great War, Georgina (Gina) Hassan married John Robert Wilson in Victoria, in 1917. No location was given.
A.G.B.D. - Australian General Base Depot
A.P.M. – Australian Provost Marshall
O.T.B. – Overseas Training Base
F.P. No.1. – Forfeit Pay No 1. After embarkation, the daily rate of Field Pay was 5/-. In addition, there was an allotment of 4/- per Diem (or Pay No 2).
W.O.A.S. – While on Active Service.
Training Brigades - http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8888/Training.html
Embarkation - https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1983853/
Service record – http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/NameSearch/
Civilian life - http://www.ancestrylibrary.com/
CD - Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920