Harold ‘Jack’ West was an orchardist from Canobolas who enlisted in November 1915. He embarked from Sydney in April 1916, a Private with the 7th Light Horse Brigade, Machine Gun Squadron. Stationed in Egypt, Jack was hospitalised several times during the war, most seriously in September 1918 suffering from malaria. In November 1918 he was promoted to Lance Corporal. He returned to Australia in August 1919.
In April 1920 Jack married Ellen ‘Nell’ Farrell, the youngest daughter of James Farrell of Emmaville Orchard at Rosedale. The couple had three sons and four daughters.