Douglas Thomas Herps1

M, #1328, b. 30 July 1923, d. 23 April 2015
FatherJohn Guy Brown Herps1 b. 1893, d. 24 Jan 1942
MotherSophia Gough1 d. 9 Mar 1981
Relationship3rd cousin 1 time removed of Timothy George Sheens
Last Edited7 Jun 2015
Birth*30 July 1923 Alstonville, NSW2 
Death of Father24 January 1942 Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW;
Name: John Guy Brown Herps
Date of Death: 24 Jan 1942
Place of Death: Prince of Wales Hospital, Municipality of Randwick; usual residence Municipality of Auburn
Occupation: Soldier & Fitter’s assistant; War Pensioner
Sex: Male
Age: 48
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Lower Portland NSW
Time in Aust Colonies:

Father: Matthew Brown Herps
Occupation: Farmer
Mother: Caroline Chaseling

Place of Marriage: Lismore NSW
Age at Marriage: 24
Name of Spouse: Sophia Gough
Children of Marriage: Rupert G 22, Neville K 20, Douglas T 18, Beryl J 16, Stanley J 13, Milton M 11, Janet S 6 living; 1 male deceased
Informant: James Paterson, clerk, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick

Cause of Death: 1. Exacerbation 2. Cardio Vascular Degeneration 3. Bronchitis
Length of Illness: 1. 1 month 2. 5 years 3. 20 years
Medical Attendant: Arthur J Mollison
Date last seen: 24 Jan 1942

Date of Burial: 26 Jan 1942
Place of Burial: Church of England Cemetery, Rookwood
Minister & Religion: W J Reboul, Church of England
Undertaker: R W Hilton
Witnesses: W S Whitehead, John L Nicholson;Principal=John Guy Brown Herps3 
Enlisted*26 November 1943 Auburn, NSW;
Name: Herps, Douglas Thomas
Service: Australian Army
Service Number: NX176964 (N211043)
Date of Birth: 30 Jul 1923
Place of Birth: Alstonville, NSW
Date of Enlistment: 26 Nov 1943
Locality on Enlistment: Auburn, NSW
Place of Enlistment: Bathurst, NSW
Next of Kin: Herps, Sophia
Date of Discharge: 18 Jun 1946
Rank: Sergeant
Posting at Discharge: "Z" Special Unit
WW2 Honours and Gallantry: None for display
Prisoner of War: No2 
Marriage*1954 Rockdale, NSW;Principal=Patricia Joan Church4 
Death of Mother9 March 1981 NSW;
BLEWETT, Sophia (B.E.M.)—March 9, 1981, peacefully at hospital, late of Auburn, beloved wife of the late Walter, dearly loved mother of Rupert (deceased), Keith, Douglas, Beryl, Stanley (deceased), Milton, Jefferey (deceased), and Janet, beloved mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother of their families.
Her duties nobly done.
Privately interred.;Principal=Sophia Gough5 
Death*23 April 2015 NSW;
Douglas Thomas HERPS, OAM
Dearly beloved husband of Patricia for 61 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Jonathan and Xanthe, Nicholas and Bianca. Grandpa of Thomas, Sophia, Abby, Sara and Douglas. Brother of Janet, and a great servant of our nation in Peace and in War through his service in Z Special Unit.
Relatives and friends of Douglas are invited to attend his Funeral in its entirety at St Mark's Anglican Church, Darling Point on Thursday April 30th commencing at 11am.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Australian War Memorial Krait Fund, care of the Australian War Memorial.1 


Patricia Joan Church


  1. [S192] The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, April 25, 2015.
  2. [S391] WWII Nominal Roll, online, Douglas Thomas Herps.
  3. [S107] NSW Death Transcript (Marilyn Rowan), 4144/1942 John Guy Brown Herps.
  4. [S12] NSW Marriage Index, 11033/1954 Douglas Thomas Herps & Patricia Joan Church.
  5. [S154] Australian Newspapers,, The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday, March 14, 1981.