On one fateful day on the 28 June 1914 the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand sparked a War between the Serbian’s and the Hungarian's, this soon later had many other nations joining in to fight in this epic battle.
Hubert was a strong-minded young man with a contentious nature, driven partly by boredom in his course and partly, as some have suggested by a desire to escape the perceived oppression of his father and to carve his own identity, Hubert reacted to the declaration of war by travelling to the nearest place he could find for officer training and signing up.
The 1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade contained another captain who was gifted with writing poetry, Siegfried Sassoon, the two soon met, supposedly after Hubert found a copy of his notes and work on a mess table; recognising the work as that of an poet, Hubert peeked at the inside cover and discovered Sassoon's name.
Nevertheless there was a war on, and Hubert fought in both the Battle of Loos and the Battle of the Somme, where his men were reduced to under 400. Soon after Hubert was hit by shellfire as he waited for reinforcements.
Despite being wounded and evacuated to a hospital, Hubert was quite literally dead to the world for a few hours, as the Colonel was told that Hubert had died and The Australian published his obituary accordingly.
The mistake was soon discovered, but Hubert's wounds caused a long period of convalescence. Hubert Junior published the first volume of war poetry, than after that he returned back to the 1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade where he fought along side his comrades again.
Hubert was injured by wild fire, he saw his life flash before his very own eyes. He thought he was going to die but a black shadow stormed the room and saved Hubert. He was than taken to hospital where he recovered from his injuries.
This inspired Hubert to write his second volume of war poetry. After Hubert had finished the poetry his old friend and inspiration Siegfried Sassoon approached Hubert when he tired to rejoin the 1 st platoon.