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Journal by ngairedith

see A names for introduction to the journal:
CAULFIELD War Memorial - IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE
MEN AND WOMEN WHO DIED IN THE CAUSE OF FREEDOM


A ... B ... C ... D ... E + F ... G ... H ... I+J+K
L ... M ... N+O+P ... R+S ... T+U+V ... W+Y

any SOLDIER known to have died as a POW is indicated by *

BACKHOUSE, Geoffrey De Talworth - Gunner 31615
- born Jan 1890 in Malvern, Victoria
- served with 36th Australian Heavy Artillery Group
- embarked from Melbourne 23 Dec 1916 on RMS Orontes
- parents, Benjamin Talworth Paine BACKHOUSE & Emily A'BECKETT, Carigal Road, Murrumbeena. Father also written Talworth Bunder Backhouse
- KILLED IN ACTION 4 Oct 1917 in Belgium aged 27.9
- Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Belgium
* 5' 9", fresh complexion, blue eyes, black hair
* his father, Benjamin Talworth P. Backhouse, died 16 Oct 1915, He had 2 brothers & 4 sisters. One brother was Reverend (later Canon) Nigel A'Beckett Talworth Backhouse (pdf), Chaplain on the H.M.A.S. Sydney. Another was Herbert Arthur Burder Backhouse, Private 612 with the 5 Infantry Battalion. The other, William Talworth A'Beckett Backhouse, died Jan 1887 aged 6 months


BAKER, Gerald Douglas (pdf) - Private 4731
- born 26 April 1892 in Melbourne, youngest of 10 children of Gerald Thomas (1842-1930 from Aberdeen, Scotland) & Katie Florence Georgina (nee Jones 1859-1920) BAKER
- attended Grange Prep School & Church of England Grammar School, Melbourne
- served with 14th Battalion (Infantry) 15th Reinforcements A.I.F.
- embarked from Melbourne 14 March 1916 on HMAT Anchises
- father, "Doutta Galla" St. Alban's Ave., Caulfield
- DIED FROM HEAT STROKE 16 May 1916 at No2 Australian Stationary Hospital, Tel el Kabir, Egypt aged 23
- Tel El Kebir War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
* 5' 8", fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair


BARBER, Vernon Henry - Colour Sergeant 968
- born 4 July 1893 in Fitzroy, to Henry George BARBER & Charlotte May PEARCE
- Vernon was a Clerk of Field St, Caulfield
- served with 5 Infantry Battalion - 46th Infantry
- embarked from Melbourne 21 Oct 1914 on HMAT Orvieto
- father, Henry George Barber, Field-street, Caulfield
- also Henry George & Charlotte May Barber, "Brooklyn," Field St, Caulfield
- KILLED IN ACTION 28 April 1915 at Dardenelles aged 21
- 24, Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
* 5' 9", fair complexion, brown eyes
* Moorabbin News 26 June 1915 COLOR-SERGEANT MAJOR VERNON BARBER
Sergeant-Major Vernon H. Barber has been killed in action. He was the only son of Mr and Mrs Henry G. Barber, of "Brooklyn," Field street, Glen Huntly, and was in his 22nd year. From infancy he was imbued with the spirit of the soldier. At eight years of age he was a member of the Glen Huntly Road State school cadets, and at fourteen years was Color-Sergeant at the Mordialloe State school. Two years later, he joined the Cheltenham Rangers, of which he was a Corporal, and after six months, became a second lieutenant in the senior cadets at Caulfield. He received his commission as first lieutenant in the Citizens Forces at the age of 18 years at Caulfield, and was given command of his company, but resigned on account of ill-health. He joined the First Expeditionary Force as a Private, and was made Corporal on the first day at the camp. From then onward, his promotion was rapid, and he was appointed Sergeant-Major of D Company 5th Battalion, in February, 1915, at Egypt. The deceased young man was an adherent of the St. Agnes Church of England, Glen Huntly, and was a scholar there at the Sunday school as a boy. To-morrow, the Rev. W. A. Phillips will conduct a special service to his memory. As a member of the St. Agnes Tennis Club, his sterling qualities earned for him the respect and goodwill of the members. In the local branch of the A.N.A., where he was very highly esteemed, he will be remembered as a keen debater, and as an intellectually vigorous young man with all the promise of a bright and successful career before him. The members, in conveying to him their good wishes on the eve of his departure, presented him with a gold medal suitably inscribed


BARLOW, Wilfred Griffith - 2nd Lieutenant
- born Aug 1886 in Richmond to Jonathan Joseph BARLOW (1859-1941) & Elizabeth Emma GRIFFITHS (1860-1945, died Malvern)
- husband of Constance Violet BOND (1886-1953)
- Wilfred was a State School Teacher of "Basalt" Clarence St, Elsternwick
- served with 58th Battalion 2 to 5 Reinforcements
- embarked from Melbourne 25 Sep 1916 on HMAT Shropshire
- wife, Constance Violet Barlow of same address
- KILLED IN ACTION, May 12 1917 aged 30
- Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France
* 5' 9", fair complexion, grey eyes, brown hair


BARNETT, George William - Corporal 2825
- born in Cohuna, (also seen Kerang, Victoria). Attended Gannawarrah State School
- served with 6th AFA Brigade, Divisional Ammunition Column
- embarked from Melbourne 20 Oct 1914 on HMAT Shropshire
- parents: George & Elizabeth Barnett, 25 Rockbrook Rd, St. Kilda
- DIED OF HIS WOUNDS 11 June 1917 in France aged 24
- Plot: II. A. 1. Pont-D'Achelles Military Cemetery, Nieppe, France
* from informant E. L. Brown, 6th Field Artillery Brigade
... "Corporal Barnett of the 106th Howitzer Battery was killed at Ploegateert. He was a Policeman in Melbourne, 5' 9" & broad. Killed by a shell, only lived 5 minutes. I helped bury him at Hill 63 in a cemetery at Pont Nieppe.


BARTLETT, Thomas Matthew - Private 3770
- born March 1894 in Wonthaggi, 6th of 9 children of Robert Mathew BARTLETT (1857-1934) & Emily Harriet JAMES (1865-1935)
- Thomas was a Grocer living at the corner Dandenog Rd & Normanby Ave, Malvern
- served with 23rd Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne 8 Feb 1916 on HMAT Warilda
- parents: Robert Matthew & Emily Harriett Bartlett, 382 Neerim Rd, Murrumbeena
- at enlistmet parents were at corner Dandenog Rd & Normanby Ave, Malvern
- DIED 3 May 1917 in France aged 22.10
- Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France
* 5' 7", fresh complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair


* BARR, George Hamilton - Acting Corporal 3011A
- born Aug 1895 in Kilmore, 1st of 8 children of Peter BARR (1865-1920) & Catherine SHEGOG (1861-1950). A bank Clerk living at the Railway Station, Kyrabram
- embarked from Melbourne 18 Nov 1915 on HMAT Wiltshire
- father, Peter Barr of same address
- served with 60th? - 21st? Battalion (Infantry)
DIED FOR HIS COUNTRY 19 July 1916 France aged 21.11
- VC Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
* 5' 5", fair complexion, light brown eyes, fair curly hari, scar on forehead
* his father, Peter Barr, began working for Victorian Railways in 1885 and over the years was station master at Boort, Gardenvale and Nhill, dying at Nhill in 1920
* his brother, John Mitchell Barr, (1890-1979) was serving with the 14th Field Ambulance at the time when Private George Hamilton Barr was reported missing
* Reported missing on 28 July 1916. A court of Inquiry was held 'in the field' on the 4 August 1917 declared him Killed in Action 28 July 1916


BARR, Leslie Godfrey - Sapper 10211
- memorial has I. C. Barr
- born Oct 1888 in Richmond, son of James BARR & Lucy Hetherington THOMASSON, he attended school at Buln Buln, West Gippsland
- a Carpenter of Normanby Rd, Malvern
- served with 10th (transferred to 9th) Field Company Australian Engineers
- embarked from Melbourne 20 June 1916 on HMAT Runic
- father, James Barr, "Wisteria', Normanby Rd, Malvern
- KILLED IN ACTION 4 Oct 1917 "In The Field", Belgium aged 29
- Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium
* 6' ", fresh complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair


BARRATT, Reginald Woorayl - Private 2186B
- memorial has R. P. Barratt
- born Jan 1896 in Koonwarra, Gippsland to Thomas BARRATT & Mary Rose BURN, attended Leongatha State School
NOTE newspaper article states different place of birth - BARRATT, Pte, Reginald Woorayl, 2186B, 5th Bn., Australian Inf. Died of wounds 24th Sept., 1918. Age 22, Son of Thomas and Mary Rose Barratt, of 57 St George's Rd., Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia, Born at Toora, Victoria. (41km from Koonwarra)
- a Grocer of Toora, Victoria
- served with 5th Battalion (Infantry) & (37th Infantry Battalion?)
- embarked from Melbourne 25 Sep 1916 on HMAT Shropshire
- mother, Nurse Mary Rose Barratt, (of Barratt's Private Hospital) Toora, Victoria, also 33 Bendigo St Elwood, also 34 Gladstone St, Windsor, also 20 Austin Ave, St Kilda in Oct 1918, also 57 St Georges Rd, Elsternwick in 1919.
The Argus, 25 Oct 1926 BARRATT - On the 23rd October, at the residence of her daughter (Mrs Morgan), Park road, Cheltenham, Mary Rose, eldest daughter of the late Allen Burn, of Bairnsdale, aged 66 years, late of South Gippsland
- DIED OF HIS WOUNDS 22-24 Sep 1918 (reports vary) in France aged 22
- Tincourt New British Cemetery, France
* 5' 5", medium complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair
* disembarked at South Africa 13 Nov 1916 with Measles. Admitted to hospital a number of times 1917-1918 with Scabies
* eye witness accounts:
... exerts from a letter to his mother from Chaplain E. G. Petherick of the 5th Battalion, AIF 29 Sep 1918, "My dear Mrs Barratt, It is with very deep sorrow that I write you concerning the death of your brave son, Pte. R. Barratt (2186B) who died of wounds on the night of Sept. 23rd. The boys were coming out of the line and had reached a considerable distance on their way to the billets. All were happy with the thought of the coming rest, then came the deadly shell. With a brother officer I had been waiting outside a certain village and every now and again a shell from a long range gun (one of those we call 'rubber heels') fell in the village. We were anxious. My friend and I moved out of the village and waited near by. Again there came a shell and this time it struck the road just as one of out companies was passing. Four had been killed instantly; many had been wounded and among those who died from wounds was your son. May God help you abundantly and give you this comfort. Your son's grave is in a pleasant valley, east of Peronne and close to Tincourt"
The Argus, 8 October 1918 BARRATT Officially reported died of wounds somewhere in France, on 22nd September, Reginald, the dearly loved third son of Mrs. M. R. Barratt, of 33 Bendigo avenue, Elwood, and the late Thomas Barratt, of Leongatha and Toora, aged 22 years.
NOTE Reginald's maternal grandfather was Allan Burn (1828-1883) who arrived in Victoria in March 1851 and was a Hotelkeeper at Punt Flat, Bairnsdale, later farmed at the Snowy River then returned to Bairnsdale and died at Picnic Point (Allan was a nephew of Judge Joseph Hone (1784-1861), lawyer and civil servant, a barrister of Gray's Inn who practised in the Courts of Chancery and Exchequer, on the Midland circuit & London and was appointed by royal warrant master of the Tasmanian Supreme Court). Reginald's great grandparents were Jacob Henry & Sarah Burn. His great, great grandfather was William Hone, (1780-1842) English writer, satirist and bookseller


BEARD, Leslie Charles Edwin - Private 1717
- memorial has I. C. B. Beard
- born Sep 1896 in Prahan. Attended Elsternwick State School, Victoria
- served with 8 Infantry Battalion
- embarked from Melbourne 14 April 1915 on HMAT Wiltshire
- parents: John & Elizabeth Lillian Sincock, 15 Rowan St, Elsternwick, Victoria
- KILLED IN ACTION 20 September 1917 in Belgium aged 21
- LIX. C. 39. Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium
* 5' 8", fresh complexion, blue eyes, fair hair
* eye witness accounts:
... (by Sgt 1580, T. P. Masters) L.C.R. Beard 1717 & C.B. Smith 6347 were buried in shell holes at Passehendalle, I conducted the burial myself. There were 7 others buried at the same time. We were under shell fire so there was no ceremony and no crosses were put up
... (by Private 5671, John Spencer Clough) We were in front of Polygon Wood, 'Snowy' Beard and 6 others were sitting in a shell hole when a shell landed directly on the hole. I was only 3 yards away and went straight over. With the exception of 2 men all had been blown to pieces and were quite unrecognisable
... (by Lance Corporal 290, Horace Stanley Bolitho) I knew him as Snowie, he came from Melbourne. On 20th Sept about 2 o'clock in afternoon was hit by a shell, died where he fell
... (by Private 6507, Walter Gordon Francis) He was a tall man, about 5' 9"/10", well built, fair complexion. Known as Les. Casualty was in the front line at Ypres in a Shell Hole. One of our own shells fell short and exploded in the Shell hole killing casualty instantly with 5 other men. I was 10 yards away at the time and I saw his body
... (by Lance Corporal 1047, James Michael Ryan) I knew casualty. He was sitting in a shell hole with 6 or 7 other men. I was in the rear of casualty in another shell hole about 6 yards away. One of our own shells, a 9.2, fell and exploded in the centre of the party. He was buried with the other men that were killed in the same shell hole where he fell and I helped to bury him. A cross was erected with his name and number on it


BEATH, Thomas Herbert - Gunner 4013
- born April 1884 in Prahan, Victoria
- attended Malvern Boys' College & Melbourne Tech
- Thomas was an Engineer of Carnarvon St, Malvern
- served with 4th Battery 2nd Brigade Australian Field Artillery
- embarked from Melbourne 20 Feb 1915 on HMAT Shropshire
- parents: George James & Annie Maria Beath, 11 Carnarvon Rd, Malvern
- KILLED IN ACTION 7 August 1915 at Dardanelles aged 29. Buried Plot 2, Row H, Grave 13 at Main Cemetery, Beach hall Spit
- II. H. 13. Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey
* 5' 10", fresh complexion, brown eyes, light brown hair


BEGBIE, Alfred Herbert - Private 1791
- born April 1886 in Caulfield to George Coryndon & Elizabeth Begbie, attended Caulfield State School, Victoria. He was a Barman
- served with 38 Infantry Battalion
- embarked from Melbourne 16 Aug 1916 on RMS Orontes
- wife, Florence Violet Begbie, 82 Brickwood St, Elsterwick, Victoria
- KILLED IN ACTION 31 Aug 1918 at Berline Wood, Quentin aged 32
- he was buried where he fell in Clery Copse on the hill between the village of Clery-Sur-Somme and Mont St Quentin
- II. I. 16. Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu, Somme, France
* 5' 8", dark complexion, stout build, blue eyes, dark brown hair, turning grey


BELTON, Frank - Lance Corporal 333
- memorial has P. Belton
- enlisted 21 January 1915 from Heywood St., Caulfield. Taken on strength 4 May 1915
- served with 21 Infantry Battalion, B Company
- embarked from Melbourne 10 May 1915 on HMAT Ulysses
- mother, Mary Belton, Heywood St, Caulfield
- DIED OF PNEUMONIA King George Hospital, London 31 Aug 1917 aged 29.6
- Grave 179725 Brookwood Military Cemetery, UK on 4 Sep 1917
* 5' 8", fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair


BENBOW, Mervin Albert - Private 853
- born Wandong 25 Aug 1893 to Thomas James BENBOW & his 1st wife, Harriet ALDRIDGE. He attended Brighton Street School, Richmond
- served with 5th Infantry Battalion, C. Company
- embarked from Melbourne 21 Oct 1914 on HMAT Orvieto
- father, Thomas James Benbow (1863-1940), 69 Richmond-Terrace, Richmond. In 1915 Thomas was living at Bellavista St, Katoomba, Caulfield. His grandfather was Convict, William Benbow & Rebecca Hancock
- KILLED IN ACTION 25 April 1915 at Gallipoli Peninsula aged 21.8
- Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
* 5'8", fair complexion, blue eyes, light hair


BERRY, Rupert Henry - Sergeant 817
- born 1893 in Brunswick to James George & Selina Berry. He attended Caulfield school & later was a Clerk of 4 Currall St, Elsternwick
- served with 14 Infantry Battalion, G Company
- embarked from Melbourne 22 Dec 1914 on HMAT Ulysses
- mother, Mrs S. Berry, 4 Currall St, Elsternwick
- also, James George & Selina Berry, "Rupertsville", Glen Eira Rd, East St Kilda
- KILLED IN ACTION at Bullecourt 29 September 1918 aged 23
- Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France
* 5' 8"-9", dark complexion, dark eyes, round face, medium build, clean shaven
- previously reported missing and wounded
* eye witness accounts:
... I saw him in a shell hole wounded in head at Bullicourt, just beyond enemy's front line. I was near him and wounded myself. When we were taken prisoners of War he was still in this shell hole
... we were both in C Company on April 11th at Bullecourt, our attack was about half over and before the enemy's wire entanglements were reached, witness saw Berry hit by machine gun fire and fall. About 6 hours later during withdrawal, witness again passed the spot and saw Berry's body lying where he fell
The Argus, 2 Sep 1919
BERRY - In loving memory of L-Cpl. James George (Jim) Berry, who was killed in action in France, 29th September, 1918
Far away from all who loved him,
Soldiers gently laid him to rest,
In a far away grave he is sleeping,
One of Australia's best.
- (Inserted by his loving brother and sister-in law, Hugh and Clara Berry, Sea Lake)
BERRY - In proud and loving memory of my dear brother, Lance-Corporal J. G. Berry (Jim), killed in action near Bullecourt, France, September 29, 1918.


BEST, Albert - 1660
- a Gardener of Dalny Rd, Murrumbeena
- served with 23 Infantry Battalion
- embarked from Melbourne 18 July 1915 on HMAT Demosthenes
- mother, Catherine Best, Dalny Rd, Murrumbeena
- KILLED IN ACTION 2 Sep 1915 on 'Sutherland', Mudros Bay, Greece aged 31
- Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
* died 3 years before brother Leonard Best below. Another brother, Private 14599, Robert Best, served as Gunner with 4th Field Artillery Brigade, embarking 4 May 1916
* eye witness accounts:
... Private 1660, BEST, Private 1704 DOCKERY, Private 414, McDONOUGH & Private 923, MORGAN were all in B. Company and they were on the 'Sutherland' when it was torpedoed. The 21st battalion was on board and only B company of the 23rd was on the ship at the time. The torpedo burst just where the mess of B. Company was, so they may have been blown up by the explosion of this torpedo or on the other hand, they may have been drowned. It is difficult to say which, but if they are missing they must be dead. Nearly all B. Company was saved, except about 14 or 15 men. This happened on the 2nd Sep 1915
... Informant states that on the 2nd Sept, 1915 in the Mediterranean the 'Southland' was torpedoed, he and other men were picked up by various ships and taken to Mudros. Best was one on the 'Southland' and informant knew him, but when the roll was called at Mudros he was missing


BEST, Leonard - Private 1868
- Leonard was a Driver of Belgrave, Victoria
- served with 29 Infantry Battalion
- embarked from Melbourne 29 Oct 1915 on HMAT Demosthenes
- mother, Catherine Best, Dalny St, Murrumbeena
- DIED OF HIS WOUND 4 June 1918 in France aged 22
- Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-Sur-Somme, France
* died 3 years after brother Albert Best above


BIGGS, Edwin Ivey Vincent - Private 1510
- memorial has E. J. Bigg
- born 1897 in Ballarat, 9th of 9 children of William Augustus BIGGS (1856-1909) & Emma Elizabeth ROGERS (1857-1946). He was a Warehouseman by trade
- served with 21st Battalion (Infantry), C Company
- embarked from Melbourne 28 June 1915 on HMAT Berrima
- mother, E. E. Biggs, 18 Narong Rd, Caulfield
- KILLED IN ACTION 26 Aug 1916 at Mouquet Farm, France
- Plot 1, Row D, Grave 93 Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, France
* 5' 11", fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair
* A few years after his father's death the family moved to 18 Narong Road, Caulfield
* on 29 Oct 1967 his sister Estella Biggs, of Rosebud, wrote saying she was the person entitled to Edwin's Gallipoli Medallion
* first reported missing - eye witness accounts:
... I knew him very well. I was in the same platoon as him until I was transferred to the Machine Gun Section. All that I can say is the C. Coy of the 21st Batt. did not make an attack on the 26th of August 1916
... I am sorry that I can give little information although I knew him well. I have not met or seen him in any hospital that I have been to which is three and he never came here with wounded prisoners and if he had been taken anywhere else his people should have heard from him long before now
... concerning Private E. J. V. Biggs & 2nd Lt C. T. Collier - These names do not appear in the official Lists of Prisoners of War, or in the official Lists of those buried by German troops. Moreover, as they have not availed themselves of the privilege of writing, granted in all German Camps and Military Hospitals, the assumption is justified that they are not, and have not been, prisoners in German hands.
... he was directed to return to our lines after the attack at Mouguet Farm on Aug 25th but he must have lost his way and got into the German lines by mistake. There is just a chance that he may be a prisoner of war
... 5 Jan 1917 We regret to inform you that A.I.F. Headquarters, state that your brother, 1510 Pte E. V. Biggs, 21st battalion, A.I.F., is still missing since August 26th and they have no later report about him
... 13 Feb 1917 his brother, Lieut A. W. Biggs, 2nd Battalion, has been marking inquiries through us for some months and so far we have only received one unofficial report about Pte Biggs. His name has never appeared as a prisoner of war on any of the German Lists
... 27 March 1917 the German Red Cross wrote that it was very unlikely that he was a prisoner of war
... 7 May 1917 a letter was received from Burgsteinfurt, Westphalia, Germany informing them that there was no trace of Private Biggs as a prisoner in Germany
... 15 Aug 1917 It is with sincere regret that we write to tell you that No 1510, Private E. I. V. Biggs, 21st Battalion, A.I.F. is now reported officially as "Killed in Action on 26 Aug 1916"


BILLINGHAM, Albert George - Private 824
- born about 1896 in Richmond, Victoria
- a Clerk of 24 Leamington Crescent, East Caulfield
- served with 24th Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne 10 May 1915
- aunt Mrs Elizabeth Amelia Cross of 24 Leamington Crescent, East Caulfield
- DIED OF WOUNDS 7 Oct 1917 at Broodseinde Ridge aged 21
- Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium
* 5' 5", fair complexion, grey eyes, dark brown hair
* an older brother, William John Billingham for the medals, was in Hobart. Another brother Charles, was also in Tasmania
* they wrote to Mrs P Smith at Abbottsford, Melbourne in 1920 saying they understood she was the eldest sister?


BISHOP, John Henry - Private 2787A
- born May 1890 in Brunswick to George BISHOP & Mary Ann LEEMAN, he attended Brunswick State School
- a Council Employee of 88 Barkly St, Brunswick
- served with 60th Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne 10 Sep 1915 on HMAT Star of Victoria
- father, G. Bishop, of same address
- DIED OF HIS WOUNDS 25 July 1916 at 14th. General Hospital Bouligne, France
- buried Grave 970, at Military Cemetery, Wimereux, Boulogne
* 5' 10", fresh complexion, grey eyes, black hair
* admitted to the 14th General Hospital on 22 July 1916, wounded in the right knee. His right leg was amputated on the 23rd and he died on the 25th at 6.15a.m.
* The family lived at 88 Barkly St, East Brunswick when John enlisted. Moving to 16 Seymour Ave, East Caulfield a year later


BISSET, Alan Ecila Longmore - Gunner 22919
- memorial has Bissett
- born 29 June 1890 in Bendigo, 10th of 10 boys born to Scottish immigrant John BISSETT (1839-1910) & Alice Louisa FARR (1850-1916), he attended the State School at Golden Square, Bendigo
- Engine Driver of Hobart Rd, Murrumbeena
- served with 27th Battery 7th Brigade Australian Field Artillery
- embarked from Melbourne 20 May 1916 on HMAT Medic
- mother, Mrs A. L. Bisset, Hobart Rd, Murrumbeena
- KILLED IN ACTION 20 Oct 1917 in the Field, Belgium aged 27
- Plot 11, Row F, Grace 13 Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, France
* 5' 8", medium complexion, brown eyes, brown hair
* Alan named his eldest brother Dr. John Arthur Bisset (1873-1941), the Collins St, eye specialist as next of kin after his mother died on 23 June 1916
* 16 March 1921 Letter to a brother, Lewis Gay Bisset:
... In reply to your communication of 10th March, I have to advise you that the brochure, "Where the Australians Rest", in connection with your brothers, the late No, 22919 Gunner A. E. L. Bisset, 7th Field Artillery Brigade, and the late No. 4751 Private Eric Simson Bisset, 46th Battalion, will be forwarded to the legal next-of-kin, Dr J. A. Bisset, in due course
* brother of Eric Simson Bisset below


BISSET, Eric Simson - Private 4751
- born 25 Oct 1888 at Bendigo, 9th of 10 boys born to Scottish immigrant John BISSETT (1839-1910) & Alice Louisa FARR (1850-1916), he attended Bendigo State School in Golden Square
- a Chemist's assistant and Pharmacy student
- served with 46th Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne
- mother, Mrs A. Bisset, Hobart Rd, Murrumbeena
- KILLED IN ACTION 14 Nov 1916 in Bull Trench near Flers Wood France aged 28
- buried just outside the support trench
- memorial at Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France
* 5' 7", pale complexion, brown eyes, brown hair
* eye witness accounts:
... Bisset was my particular friend. He was formerly in the Transport and left them to be with me. He was in B. Coy. not C. Coy, as stated in the book. He was near me in the Support Trench called Bull Trench near Flers Wood about 6 a.m. on the morning of the 14th November (not 4th November as stated in the book) when a shell dropped in the trench and killed him and nine other men. I sent full particulars to his parents who live at Hobart Road, Murrumbeena, Victoria
... he was a chemist from Melbourne. Early in November he was killed by a shell at Pioneer Trench which exploded among a group of 10 men waiting to draw breakfast rations about 8 a.m.
* brother of Alan Elica Bisset above


BLENCOWE, Francis 'Thomas' - Private 5343
- memorial has T. Blencowe
- born Dec 1885, Moorabbin, Victoria to Francis William BLENCOWE (1855-1937) & Catherine HOGAN (1855-1923), he attended Xavier College. He married Mary Ellen LYONS in 1913 & they took up farming in Neerim, Victoria
- served with 7th Battalion, 17th Reinforcements, transferred to 59th Training Battalion 24 May 1916
- embarked from Melbourne 4 April 1916 on HMAT Euripides
- wife, M. E. Blencowe, Neerim Junction, Gippsland
- KILLED IN ACTION 31 Oct 1916 in the field, Somme, France
- Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France
* 5' 7", dark complexion, grey eyes, black hair
* had a daughter Margaret Mary & a son William Patrick Blencowe who were living in Elsternwick in Jan 1917
* in 1922 his widow Mary Ellen was living at "Bethanga" 59 Point Napean Rd, Elsternwick
* Thomas's paternal grandparents were John Blencowe (1820-1870), a convict transported on the 'Lord Lyndoch' in 1840 & Elizabeth HORNER (1822-1889), an assisted immigrant. Sergeant 6764A, Clarence George Blencowe, was another grandchild who died in France and Private 180, John Lewis Victor Blencoe, also a grandson, died at Gallipoli 25 April 1915


BOWEN, William Exon - Driver 7716
- born 18 July 1897 at Brighton, Victoria to Robert Harold BOWEN (1870-1903) & Adeline Frances CHAPPLE (1870-1963), he attended Brighton State School
- a Clerk of 17 Charles St, Elsternwick
- served with 1st Wireless Squadron, Indian Expeditionary Force D, Australian Engineers
- embarked from Melbourne 5 Feb 1916 on HMAT Saldanha
- mother, Adeline Frances Bowen of same address
- DIED OF MALARIA 1 July 1916 at Makina-Masus, Mesopotamia 17 days from 19
- buried Makina Masus Old Cemetery, later reinterred to Grave 14, Row J, Basra War Cemetery, Iraq
* 5' 7", fresh complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair
* Cousin to Private V69330, Robert William Rutter, of the 57th Battalion (Infantry) enlisted 25 Aug 1918 and died of Meningitis 12 Feb 1918 at The Queens Memorial Infectious Diseases Hospital, Fairfield, Victoria


BOWEN, William John - Private 175
- born 1891 in South Melbourne, to John BOWEN & Ann PHILLIPSON he attended Subiaco State School in Western Australia
- Driver of Kooyong Rd, East Caulfield
- served with 29th Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne 10 Nov 1915 on HMAT Ascanius
- mother, Ann Bowen, Koornang Rd., Caulfield
- DIED OF HIS WOUNDS 8 Sep 1916 at 1st Australian Clearing Station Hospital, in the field, France
- Plot 2, Row J, Grave 11 Estaires Communal Cemetery and Extension, France
* 5' 5", sallow complexion, dark brown eyes, dark brown hair


BRADLEY, Robert Cleveland - Private 539
- born 1890 North Melbourne to Robert George BRADLEY & Mary Edith SNOW, he attended King Street State School, West Melbourne. Technical training at Workingmen's College
- Fitter & Turner of 94 Buckley St, Footscray
- served with 7th Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne 19 Oct 1914 on HMAT Hororata
- father, R. G. Bradley, Kambrook Rd, Caulfield
- KILLED IN ACTION 25 April - 2 May 1915 at Gallipoli Peninsula aged 25
- Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
* 5'1 0", dark complexion, brown eyes, dark brown hair
* Nephew, Pte. 3374 A. H Speed 3rd Pioneers Killed 29 Sept. 1918
* Cousin, Pte. A. G. Speed MM 56th. Battalion. Returned (son of the above)
* Cousin, Cpl. A. E. Barnes MM 29th. Battalion. Returned


BRAZENDALE, Robert William - Private 2780
- born Sep 1881 New Haven Connecticut, U.S.A. to William BRAZENDALE (1840-1918 died in Caulfield) & Mary COLLINGE (1839-1909), he attended school in Preston, Lancashire, England
- arrived in Australia aged 32, a Confectioner, widower (nothing known)
- Night Porter of 5 East Terrace, Gleneira Rd, Elsternwick
- served with 37th Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne 16 Dec 1916 on HMAT Medic
- father, William Brazendale of same address (till William died then sister)
- KILLED IN ACTION 21 March 1918 in Belgium aged 36.6
- Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium
* 5' 7", fresh complexion, blue eyes, black hair
* A note from his sister, Miss Margaret Isabel Brazendale of 100 Hotham St, East St. Kilda, states that he thought he was born in Liverpool England and enlisted as such but was born in New Haven Connecticut. (Miss Brazendale was a nurse, & kept a home for elderly invalids at that address
* had a brother James George Brazendale #2779 who joined the 37th on the 6 December 1916. Born about 1882 in Preston, Lancashire. NOK father William Brazendale of 5 East Terrace, Ripponlea. Died by his own hand in Craven St, East Prahan in April 1926, aged 43


BRIANT, Reginald Stuart - Private 2119
- born April 1893 in England, Reginald was an Electrican in Richmond
- son of John Shaw & Mary Amelia Stuart Briant
- served with 14th Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne 17 June 1915 on HMAT Wandilla
- father, John Shaw Bryant (note spelling), 20 Bennett St, Richmond
- KILLED IN ACTION 22 Aug 1915 at Gallipoli Peninsula aged 22
- 40, Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
* 5' 9", dark complexion, brown eyes, brown hair
* eye witnesses accounts:
... Briant and witness were chums, in charge together on Aug 8. A ridge was taken in the vicinity of Hill 871. Witness saw Briant on the ridge and that was the last he ever saw of him


BRIGHT, John Goldsmith - Lance Corporal 4445
- born Oct 1892 in Bendigo to Luther Edwin Goldsmith BRIGHT & Mary CARWARDINE
- a Bank Clerk of 8 Grafton St, Elsternwick
- served with 6th Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne 28 Jan 1916 on HMAT Thermistocles
- mother, Mary Bright 8 Grafton St, Elsternwick
- KILLED IN ACTION 8 Dec 1916 at Flers France aged 23
- Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France
* 5' 7", fresh complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair
* Private 3794, George Frederick Brunsdon Carwardine of 24th Battalion,
Killed in action 2 August 1916, Poziers


BRITTLEBANK, Cyril Clifton - Private 589
- born 1895, Myrniong, Victoria to Charles Clifton BRITTLEBANK (186301945, pathologist, died at Caulfield) & Sarah Jane PALMER (1861-1935, died at Caulfield), attended Church of England Grammar School
- a student of Queens Gate, St George's Rd, Elsternwick
- served with 1st Cyclist Battalion Australian Cyclist Corps
- embarked from Melbourne 28 May 1918 on HMAT Persic
- father, of same address
- DIED OF ILLNESS 6pm, May 23 1918 in France
- Etretat Churchyard Extension, France
On the 23rd May 1918, at Officers' First General Hospital, France, Cyril Clifton Brittlebank, after three years' oversea service, only son of C. C. and J. Brittlebank, "Queensgate," St. George's road, Elsternwick
* Cousin of Corporal 1886, Andrew Buxton Brittlebank, (1894-1917) 59th Battalion who died of wounds in Belgium 15 Oct 1917
* 5' 9", fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair


BROCKIE, Clement Gordon 'Clem' - Private 3036
- born 1896 in Benalla, Victoria, a twin with John (Jock) Gordon Brockie (18961944), enlisted on the same day. Their parents were: James Conn BROCKIE (1857-1940, died Beach Rd, Black Rock, Melbourne) & Charlotte Mathieson Gordon (18651948, died at Black Rock), attended Benalla East State
- a Carpenter of 367 Kooyong Rd., Elsternwick
- served with 5th Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne 29 Sep 1915 on RMS Osterley
- KILLED IN ACTION 25 July 1916 in France aged 19
- Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, France
* 5' 9", fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair
* eye witness accounts:
... At Pozieres about 3am, behind 2nd Lines of trenches in No-mans-Land he was killed. I saw him shot. He was a mate of mine, we were always together
... His twin brother was in the 14th with me, I used to belong to the 5th and then went to the 14th and afterwards rejoined the 5th, The brother told me Brockie was killed at Pozieres on 35th July. He said he saw him killed
... There were two Brockies in my Coy, twin brothers and much alike that I could not tell one from the other.
The Argus, 29 December 1917 BROCKIE Killed in action in France on the 25th July 1916 (previously reported missing), Private Clement Gordon Brockie, 5th Battalion, dearly loved twin son of J. C. and C. Brockie, "Deeside" Kooyong road Elsternwick; loved brother of William, Jean and loving twin brother of John Gordon (Jock), AIF, abroad, aged 19 years - Duty nobly done


BROMAN, Eric - Sergeant 1862
- born Sep 1893 in Carlton to Gustaf BROMAN (1867-1952 from Stockholm, Sweden, died at Elsternwick) & Elizabeth Emma TOBART (1872-1933)
- a Labourer of 38 Edward St, Elsternwick
- served with 46th Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne 4 April 1916 on HMAT Euripides
- father, Gustaf Broman, 38 Edward St, Elsternwick
- KILLED IN ACTION 19 Aug 1918 at Lihons, France at 8am, aged 24.11
- buried Fouquescourt British Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France
* 5' 9", medium complexion, brown eyes, dark hair
* Wounded 30 May 1915 gunshot wounds right cheek & left thigh. Wounded 19 October 1917
* eye witness accounts:
... he was darkish, tall and not stout, He was a very lively chap and very well liked. I knew him well, He was killed during the last few minutes we were in the trench and he was taking the relief. I had just been relieved and was looking on when I saw Broman fall down, having been shot by a sniper and killed on the spot.
... he was a good soldier - absolutely fearless. His cheerfulness and courage helped us through many times. I have often seen the Company grieved at the loss of a popular man, but never seen them so cut up as they were when Sgt Broman was killed


BROWN, Edwin Thomas Edison - Private 2014
- born Dec 1896 in Collingwood to William Henry West BROWN & Mary LOWE, attended Gold Street State School
- a Clerk of 31 Imperial Avenue, Caulfield
- served with 22nd Battalion (Infantry) as a Signaller
- embarked from Melbourne 26 Aug 1915 on HMAT Anchises
- mother, Mary Brown of same address
- KILLED IN ACTION 5 Aug 1916 on the Front Line, Pozieres, France aged 19.8
- Serre Road Cemetery No 2, France
* brother, Lieutenant 43, Oswald Robert Brown of the 39th, discharged 8 March 1920
* 5' 8", red complexion, brown eyes, auburn hair
* eye witnesses accounts:
... I was near him when he was killed along with four others in a Reserve Trench at Pozieres. It was by concussion and I saw his body - no visible damage and also his grave in Military Cemetery near Olivers near La Bazaule. We both came from Elsternwick, Melbourne and knew each other well. I have written his people


BROWN, Henry Russell - Sergeant 172
- born 1887, Ballarat to Charles BROWN (1852-1918) & Margaret DAVIES (1849-1912), attended Tooronga Road, State School, Malvern
- an Engine Driver of 28 Leamington Crescent, East Caulfield
- served with 14th Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne 22 Dec 1914 on HMAT Ulysses
- father, Charles Brown, "Narbethong", Crimea St, St Kilda
- KILLED IN ACTION 3 May 1918 in France
- Crucifix Corner Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, France
* 5' 8", fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair
* The Argus, 15 November 1911 BROWN On the 13th November, at "Dunraven," Stonnington-place, Malvern, Margaret, the beloved wife of Charles Brown (formerly of Ballarat), aged 62 years
* The Ballarat Courier 28 March 1918 The death occurred on 22nd inst of Mr Charles Brown, an old Ballarat resident, at his son's residence, Caulfield, aged 66. He was the son of the late Charles Brown, ironfounder, late of Grenville street, and came to Victoria at the early age of four years. He was well-known in musical circles in his young manhood and at one time he was conductor of the Baptist church choir. He also led a juvenile choir in victory at one of the first eisteddfods. His wife predeceased him six years ago. He leaves a family of three daughters and three sons, the eldest of whom has lately returned from the front, where the other two are doing their share in the Empire cause. The youngest son, Harry, has been at the Front three years, and was one of the men entombed in the Mount Lyell disaster
* The Argus 1 June 1918 BROWN Killed in action, on the 3rd May, Sergeant Henry Russell Brown (Harry), 14th Battalion, beloved youngest son of the late Charles and Margaret Brown, and dearly loved brother of Len (late A.l.F.), Percy (A.I.F.), Clarice (Mrs McDonnell), Getty, Ethel, and brother-in- law of Alice, Neil, and Will, after 3 years and 9 months' active service, aged 31 years


BROWN, Henrik William - Bombardier 19662
- born 1891 in South Yarra, Melbourne to John BROWN & Margaret Ann SUMPTON, he attended State School & Business College
- a Clerk of 7 Toward St, Murrumbeena
- served with 29th Battery 8th Brigade Australian Field Artillery
- embarked from Melbourne 20 May 1916 on HMAT Medic
- father, J. Brown of same address
- DIED OF HIS WOUNDS 6 Aug 1917 in Belgium aged 25
- Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Belgium
* The Argus, 25 August 1917
... BROWN A tribute to the memory of Gunner H. W. Brown, of the 8th Field Artillery Brigade, who died of gunshot wounds received in France, loving friend of Mrs M. A. and the late John Fotheringham
... BROWN Died of wounds received in Belgium, August 6, 1917, Gunner Henrik William, dearly loved only son and brother of Mr and Mrs J. Brown, Eda, and Ethel, Toward street, Murrumbeena (late of South Yarra), grandson of the late W. and M. Sumpton, loving fiance of Linda Anquetil, in his 26th year.
Could we have been there in that hour of death,
And caught one sigh of his panting breath,
One faint whisper we might have heard,
And breathed in his ear one parting word.
... BROWN A tribute of love to my dear hero, Gunner Henrik William (Henry), 8th Brigade Field Artillery, died of wounds August 6, 1917, loving fiance of Linda Anquetil, Flemington.
The midnight stars are gleaming
O'er a grave I cannot see;
There, sleeping without dreaming,
Lies the one so dear to me.
Sometime we'll understand.
NOTE Linda Eugenie Anquetil was a dressmaker living at "Viola" Flemington St., Flemington, daughter of Alfred Anquetil & Eliza Holman. She went on to marry Frank Wesley Sedgman in 1920 and lived out her days in Essendon


BROWN, Leslie Herbert - Lance Corporal 3528
- born Nov 1891, South Melbourne & attended State School, South Melbourne
- a Chief Steward of 25 John St., East Malvern, Victoria
- served with 46th Battalion (Infantry)
- embarked from Melbourne 11 Oct 1915 on HMAT Nestor
- NEXT OF KIN: Brother, George Brown, 14 Simmons St, South Yarra
- NEXT OF KIN: Wife (from June 1917, Elsie Helen Brown, 55 Regent St, Elsternwick. Later 25 John St., East Malvern
- KILLED IN ACTION 19 Aug 1918 in France aged 23
- Plot 1, Row B, Grace 1 Fouquescourt British Cemetery, France
* 5' 3", fresh complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair
* AWARDS Military Medal awarded on the 6th January 1917, "For gallantry and devotion to duty during the raid on the enemy's trenches in the HOLLANDSCHESCHOUR salient on the night of September 30th 1916"
* eye witness accounts:
... near Lihens in the line, killed outright by Minenwerfer shell. Buried at the Quarry, about 1 to 1 miles this side of village. A number of men buried in this quarry. Three Browns out of the 46th Battalion buried here. Knew him as "Light Horse Brown"
* The Argus, 31 August 1918
... BROWN On the 19th August 1918 Private Leslie Herbert Brown
dearly beloved son in law of Mrs M Parker of 55 Regent street, Elsternwick,
and loving brother in law of Rose and Corporal John Parker (on active service), and uncle of little Arthur. - Duty nobly done
... BROWN Officially reported killed in action 19/8/18 Private Leslie Herbert Brown (MM) 46th. Battalion, loving husband of Elsie Helen Brown (nee Parker), of No. 55 Regent street, Elsternwick, after two years and ten months service. God's will be done - (Inserted by his sorrowing wife)
* Step-brother Gunner 1170, William Mills Cleaves (1889-1917), was killed in action 31 July 1917 in Belgium


BROWNING, Reginald Camden - Sergeant 2569
- born Jan 1897 Frankston, Victoria to George William Herbert Browning (1870-1919) & Margaret Jessie Connor (1875-1907), attended Flemington State School
- served with 15th Brigade Australian Field Artillery
- embarked from Melbourne 26 Aug 1915 on HMAT Anchises
- father, G. W. Browning, 26 Station Place, Glenhuntly
- KILLED IN ACTION 6 Dec 1916 near Ginchy, Somme, France aged 19
- first buried near the 57th Battery, reburied Plot 11, Row J, Guards' Cemetery, Les Boeufs, 4 miles S of Bapaume
* 5' 6", medium complexion, grey eyes, brown hair
* eye witness accounts:
... he was in his dug-out asleep when hit by a 'whizz bang' (shell). Next morning we found him lying on his side as if asleep, head on his hands, not a mark on him. It was a most beautiful funeral, a Padre of the C of E read the service and we fired a battery of 6 guns over him
... his grave is next to that of an Aviator on the Ginchy and Morval road, in 'Dead Man's Valley', half right from the Ginchy Road and in front of Ginchy Village
... he was one of the finest Sergeants we ever had. He was from Caulfield, Melbourne
* Reginald was only 10 years old when his mother died at age 32. His father re-marrying Rose Ethel CARR (1882-1963) in 1910. His father died on 15 July 1919
* Commonwealth Pensions, 17 July 1919 I advise that I have received notice of the death of George William Herbert Browning who died on the Fifteenth day of July 1919 aged 49 years and I believe him to have been a Pensioner under the above-named Act whose pension was paid at Caulfield East


BUNTINE, Walter Horace Carlyle - 2nd Lieutenant 243 (MC), RFC
- born 10 August 1895 in Hawksburn, son of Walter Murray BUNTINE (1866-1953 head master of Caulfield Grammar School) & Bertha Florence GIBBS
- He died June 19 1917 at the age of 22 in a flying accident at Turnberry, Scotland while serving with the R.F.C.
* (from above link) 2Lt W. H. C. Buntine and Sgt Stanley Charles Appleton (3661) of No 2 (Auxiliary) School of Aerial Gunnery were killed in an accident while flying FE2b A817 on 19 June 1917. The aeroplane stalled on a turn after take off at Dalquhat Farm and burnt after crashing. Sgt Appleton is buried in his home town of Warrington, Lancashire.


BURBIDGE, Claude Campbell - Corporal 1187
- served with 39th Battalion (Infantry)
- KILLED IN ACTION June 4 1917 in Belgium
- Cemetery or memorial details: Strand Military Cemetery, Belgium
The Argus 4 June 1918 IN MEMORIAM
... BURBIDGE - In affectionate remembrance of Claude Campbell (Cam), killed in action JuneFix this text 4, 1917. (Inserted by Mr and Mrs Bindon and family)
... BURBIDGE. - In sad and loving memory of my dear friend, Sgt. C. Campbell Burbidge (Cam), who fell at Messines, June 4, 1917.
He has sailed on his last commission
On a beautiful ship called Rest;
And his head is safely pillowed
On his great Commander's breast.
- (Inserted by "Dimples")


BUTT, Eric Richard - Corporal 10589
- born May 1894
- he was a law Clerk at Elsternwick
- served with 3rd Divisional Signal Company, Australian Engineers
- embarked from Melbourne 25 Nov 1917 on HMAT Ascanius
- father, George Hatcher Butt, "Torquay" Point Nepan Rd, Elsternwick
- KILLED IN ACTION, 28 July 1917 in France aged 23
- buried Plot 2, Row E at Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Pleogsteert
* 5' 2", dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair
* 7 May 1916 LAST WILL of me, Eric Richard Butt of Broadmeadows in Victoira, Soldier. I revoke all former Wills and appoint my father George Hatcher Butt and my brother Francis George Butt both of Elsternwick in Victoria Trustees and executors of this my Will. I give device and bequeath all my real and personal property to my mother Julia Butt of Elsernwick aforesaid for her own use and benefit absolutely. Should my said mother predecease me I give devise and bequeath all my said real and personal property to my said father George Hatcher Butt for his own uses and benefit absolutely


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