Harry Huntington Rhoades (Service No. 3359)
(1886 - 1961)
Harry Huntington Rhoades was born in Brisbane Queensland on 1 December 1886 the eldest of four children born to Thomas Atkins Hainsworth Rhoades and Eva Jane Rhoades nee Huntington. While the family remained in Queensland, Harry Rhoades moved firstly to Sydney and then a short time later to Victoria when he settled in Footscray. It was here that he married Elizabeth Mary Margaret Adamson 1913 and the couple settled in the Yarraville area where Harry set up a business selling seafood.
A short time later Harry and Elizabeth moved to Laverton 1916 where they established a grocery store and operated the local post office in Railway Avenue. Harry and Elizabeth had established their business and their son and daughter had been born before Harry enlisted into the AIF on 18 October 1917 at the age of 30 years and 10 months. He had completed his basic training at Broadmeadows been assigned as a private to the 38th Battalion and by the 22 December 1917 he had embarked on HMAT A38 Ulysses at Melbourne and sailed to England.
Just after reaching England Private Rhoades injured his left foot and spent time receiving treatment but shortly after he was discharged from hospital and about to rejoin the 38th Battalion he took ill with influenza. As a result of this Harry spent much of his service in and out of various hospitals in England. When out of hospital he undertook training and duty on bases around England. As a result he did not see any action on the front line in France or Belgium during his time abroad.
Private Rhoades returned to Australia aboard the HMAT Valencia arriving in Melbourne in July 1919 and was discharged from duty in early August 1919. Harry returned to his family who had continued to operate the Laverton Post Office during his absence. Harry and Elizabeth continued to run the post office until 1938 and during the period between May 1920 and September 1921 Harry also joined the Australian Air Corps/RAAF, stationed at Laverton.
After leaving Laverton Harry and Elizabeth moved to Coburg during the 1940’s and then to Richmond during early 1950’s where he was employed as a salesman before retiring and moving to Caulfield. Harry Huntington Rhoades passed away 20 May 1961 and is buried in the Fawkner Cemetery. Harry and Elizabeth’s eldest child Eric enlisted into the AIF in WWII serving with the General Transport Company and passed away whilst in service on 5 July 1943.