Herbert John "Jack" Self (1894-1937)
Affectionately known as Jack, he was working as a cycle mechanic in August 1915 when he joined the 12th Battalion. He arrived in Egypt too late to take part at Gallipoli, and in 1916 was transferred to the newly formed 52nd Battalion.
Jack survived the heat of battle at Mouquet Farm and after a stint with the 1st Anzac Workshops found himself back with his old battalion at the battle at Messines in June 1917. On the Somme in March and April 1918, Jack’s luck ran out at Dernancourt, when he sustained a shrapnel wound to his left leg. He was evacuated to England for treatment, but his war service was over and he returned to Australia.
Jack and May Self had three children.