ADDITIONAL SURNAMES LIST FOR "MEMBERS OF THE 1ST A.I.F. MENTIONED (USUALLY QUOTED) IN PETER FITZSIMONS' "VICTORY AT VILLERS-BRETONNEUX".
THIS IS THE LINK TO THE JOURNAL:
MEMBERS OF THE 1ST A.I.F. MENTIONED (USUALLY QUOTED) IN PETER FITZSIMONS' VICTORY AT VILLERS-BRETONNEUX
The surnames list under the journal has already reached capacity as indicated by Brigadier Charles Rosenthal's surname in the list having shrunken to R.(In fact it has now disappeared entirely!) SOME SURNAMES MAY HAVE DISAPPEARED COMPLETELY. IF SO THEY WILL BE ADDED HERE in bold type.
SURNAMES LIST UNDER ORIGINAL JOURNAL.
ADAMS ADCOCK AVERY BARWICK BEAN BETHUNE BISHOP BUIE CARTER CHAMPION COBBY COURTNEY DEVINE DOWNING ELLIOTT FEEZ GLASGOW GELLIBRAND GODDARD GRIMWADE HARDIE HAWKER HOBBS, IMLAY JESS JOYNT KENNEDY LAVARACKLEANE MAGEE (MALLEY???) McCONAGHY McLAGLAN MARKS MITCHELL MONASH MORSHEAD MURRAY NEED NICHOLLS NOLAN PFLAUM POTTS ROSENTHAL SIMONSON (STRAKER???) WHITEWILKINS
The details about those who are first mentioned after page 270 (who have not already been included in the original journal) will be given in this journal. DETAILS ABOUT THOSE WHOSE SURNAMES ARE LISTED ABOVE ARE IN THE ORIGINAL JOURNAL.
THOSE FIRST MENTIONED AFTER PAGE 270 IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER.
P.294. Sergeant Bill Brown would note: "If it hadn't been for McDougall, the enemy would have got through. He did most of the work." (This action involved the 47th Battalion at Dernancourt on 28-3-1918 and the following Bill Brown's "Unit name(was)47th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement" and he was "At VILLERS BRETONNEUX on 1st May, 1918", so I am confident that he was the Bill Brown who supported McDougall on 28 March.
2779 BROWN, William Edward Cairns, Queensland 47th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
P. 273. The Australian 5th Division under General Talbot Hobbs.
HOBBS, Joseph John Talbot The Bungalow, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia Divisional Artillery Headquarters
P.292. Worse for McDougall's 47 Battalion........McDougall, accompanied by his mate, Sergeant James Lawrence, charges south-west etc. (It can be assumed that James Lawrence was in the 47th Battalion.)
Pages 288-294 are entitled first light, 28 MARCH 1918, DERNANCOURT WHEN MCDOUGALL TOPPED THE SCORE, and the following James Lawrence, in the 47th Battalion, won a military medal for his efforts at Dernancourt just a week later. I am confident that he was McDougall's mate.
At DERNANCOURT South West of ALBERT April 5th 1918. He did magnificent work in organising two platoons after the officers became casualties."
2206 LAWRENCE, James Charles Townsville, Queensland 47th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
P.280. Captain Longmore, 44th Battalion on his men: They could be led easily, but the officer who tried to drive them died of exhaustion.
'Eggs-A-Cook!' The Story of the Forty-Fourth. War - as the ...
[44th Battalion]. LONGMORE, Captain Cyril 'Eggs-A-Cook!' The Story of the Forty-Fourth. War - as the Digger Saw It ['as the Digger Fought It' (cover subtitle)]
LONGMORE, Cyril 21 Ada Street, Sth Fremantle, Western Australia 44th Battalion Machine Gun Section
P.325. ...the 34th's Colonel Ernest Martin, etc.
MARTIN, Ernest Edward Mudgee, New South Wales 34th Battalion, Headquarters
P.325. ... battalion commanders of the 9th Brigade..., the 36th's Colonel John Milne, etc.
P. 484.Theshellhas scored a direct hit on 36th Battalion headquarters. Colonel Milne lies dead...
"For coolness, gallantry, ability and consideration, the colonel could not be excelled."(39)
MILNE, John Alex Burnet Street, Bundaberg, Queensland 9th Battalion, E Company
MILNE, John Alexander Bundaberg, Queensland 41st Battalion, Headquarters
P.289. Lieutenant George Reid, one of the two officers of the 47th Battalion checking that all sentries are in place etc.
None of the 46 named GEORGE REIDis specified as being in the 47th Battalion. Some are chaplains or medics and can be eliminated but the rest will have to be checked regarding their rank by 28 March 1918.
P.285. Private Eric Russell and his 58th Battalion are not so lucky."On our journey down," he later recalled to his mother etc.
3443 RUSSELL, Eric Caulfield, Victoria 58th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
P.274. This is certainly the view of a runner in the 5th Division's 14th Brigade, Edmund Street.
1570 STREET, Edmund Harrington Woodlawn, Dowell Street, Chatswood, New South Wales 6th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
Bear Grills thrives on challenges but I don't think he would be very keen to try the type of running that won Edmund a Military Medal!
P.287. On the left of the 47th Battalion's sector, Captain Charles Symons, the commanding officer of D Company etc.
2256 SYMONS, Charles Willie Mackay, Queensland 47th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
P.341. Captain William Uren of the 3rd Division.
UREN, William South Townsville, Queensland 41st Battalion, B Company
P.307. .... an Australian patrol of the 42nd Battalion- Queenslanders all under Sergeant Alston Wheeldon- creeps closer to the village of Sailly-Laurette.....
501 WHEELDON, Alston Lyle Oakey, Queensland 42nd Battalion, B Company
THOSE MENTIONED AFTER P.334 WHOSE SURNAMES ARE NOT IN THE SURNAME LIST.
335. COLONEL ERNEST MARTIN.
MARTIN, Ernest Edward Mudgee, New South Wales 34th Battalion, Headquarters
338. CAPT. GILBERT COGHILL.
COGHILL, Gilbert Gordon 'Evelyn ', Bunnerong Road, Kensington, Sydney, New South Wales 35th Battalion, A Company
350. CAPT. BOB SALMON, staff officer with Pompey Elliott.
He says that he had command of the brigade (of which Brigadier-General H.E. Elliott, C.M.G.,D.S.O., is in charge) for a period, and the Brigadier's staff captain was Captain Robert Salmon, a son of the late Dr.H.R.*Salmon,of Ballarat.
See A TOMMY YARNabout Robert being called Bob from before the Gallipoli landing.
*Captain Robert Arthur Salmon's birth record.
SALMON Robt Arth, Birth, mother: Alice Jane nee WALTER, father: Hy Robt
BALLT E, 1892, 818/1892
195 SALMON, Robert Arthur Avoca Street, South Yarra, Victoria 2nd Field Company Engineers
352 PRIVATE SYDNEY YOUNG OF 36TH BATT.
1433 YOUNG, Sydney Bond Sydney, New South Wales 36th Battalion, Headquarters
358. CAPT.ALEXANDER ELLIS OF 5TH DIV'S 29TH BATT.
Possibly- ELLIS, Alexander Donald 'Basonas', Cross Street, Canterbury, Melbourne, Victoria 31st Battalion, D Company
363. PRIVATE ALFIE HOLTON 36TH DIV.
101 HOLTON, Alfred Edward 155 Underwood Street, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales 36th Battalion, A Company
363. PRIVATE REGGIE DILLEY 36TH DIV.
3417 DILLEY, Reginald West Maitland, New South Wales 36th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
364. CORP. TOMMY POLSON, JOHN HARDIE'S MATE, killed by shell which crashes through the roof of a building in Villers-Bretonneux in which several Aussies are being billeted overnight. The 33rd Battalion had been ordered forward to help the 35th with the digging of trenches late on the evening of 2 April 1918. (P.361)
516 POLSON, Thomas Uralla, New South Wales 33rd Battalion, B Company
PHOTOS BETWEEN P.364 AND 365.
PRIVATE A.G. TOWNSEND OF 46TH BATT.
3217 TOWNSEND, Arthur George Perth, Western Australia 46th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
SERGEANT W.JOYCE? Probably 2077 JOYCE, William Charles GPO Westdale, New South Wales 33rd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
DRIVER SIMISTER? The only Simister listed in the Anzac Project.
15545 SIMISTER, George Guildford, New South Wales September 1916 Reinforcements
SERGEANT STANLEY ROBERT MCDOUGALL for whom details have already been given.
367. PRIVATE STANLEY SUTCLIFFE OF 51ST BATT.
3470 SUTCLIFFE, Stanley Tenth Street, Harvey, Western Australia 11th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
370. MAJOR HENRY CARR, CIVIL SERVANT FROM PARRAMATTA.
CARR, Henry Vince Albany, Robinson Street, Croyden, New South Wales 35th Battalion, C Company
The service record makes no mention of his promotion to major so I did a google search and found:
Donations and Contributions – Page 6 – The Harrower Collection
Henry Vince CARR was a married 33 year old Civil-Servant from Croydon in NSW when he applied for a Commission in the AIF. He had been serving as an Officer in the Australian Military Forces since October of 1908 and had held the rank of Major in the 17th Infantry since March 1916. He was granted a Commission in the AIF on the 16th of March 1916.
AN EXAMINATION OF THE EXTENSIVE HARROWER CONTRIBUTION revealed that the service record is correct. His commission on 16-3-1916 (as above) was as a captain, which rank he retained, probably because he countermanded a suicidal order issued by senior officers who had no idea of the situation on the front line. However Peter FitzSimons can be forgiven for assuming that he was a Major in 1918, as he had been before his enlistment.
370. CAPT. HUGH CONNELL FROM 35TH BATT. H.Q.
CONNELL, Hugh John Gosford Road, Hamilton West, New South Wales 35th Battalion, C Company
371 CAPT RALEIGH SAYERS OF D COMPANY.
SAYERS, Raleigh Merlin Street, North Sydney, New South Wales 35th Battalion, D Company
372 CAPT. FRANCIS FAIRWEATHER OF 10TH BRIGADE.
FAIRWEATHER, Francis Edward 15 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park, Victoria 38th Battalion, A Company
387. CAPT. HAROLD FERRES,(of the 58th?) guarding the bridge at Vaire, a mile north-west of Hamel.
FERRES, Harold Dunstan George Toora, South Gippsland, Victoria 5th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
388. CAPT.HERBERT LAYH OF ELLIOTT'S H.Q. TOLD TO TAKE 59TH AND 60TH BRIGADES TO HOLD HILL 104.
LAYH, Herbert Thomas Christoph 85 Munro Street, Coburg, Victoria 7th Battalion, B Company
395. LIEUT. ALFRED FELL (34TH BATT.?)
64 FELL, Alfred James Watsons Bay, New South Wales 34th Battalion, A Company
396. MAJOR LEROY FRY (34TH BATT.?)
FRY, Walter Arnald Le Roy Strathfield, New South Wales 34th Battalion, A Company
400.Lt.Wynter Wallace Warden 35th Batt.
WARDEN, Wynter Wallace Milton, New South Wales 35th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
400.Capt.Hawkins. Probably, due to service on Western Front and being the only one of three with no regimental number to hold the rank of Captain:
HAWKINS, Stanley William 35 Heidelberg Road, Clifton Hill, Victoria 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Headquarters
402. Robert Austen Goldrick, 36th Batt.
GOLDRICK, Robert Austin Coast Hospital, Little Bay, Sydney, New South Wales 36th Battalion, B Company
EXTRACT:"Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll) *Spelt Robert Austen Goldrick on NR"
410. Capt.John Bushelle, Paddington, commander A.Company under Col. Milne in 36th. Batt.
(Not able to find a service record, I discovered that I'd wrongly written his surname as Buchelle.)
Informal portrait of Lieutenant John Edward Wallace ...
Informal portrait of Lieutenant John Edward Wallace Bushelle, 36th Battalion, Officer Commanding (OC) troops aboard the transport ship SS Marathon, during the voyage from Australia to England. He is holding a riding crop. Later promoted to Captain, he was killed in action on 6 April 1918 and was posthumously awarded a Military Cross. He is buried in Blangy-Tronville Communal Cemetery, Somme ..
BUSHELLE, John Edward Sydney, New South Wales (36th?) Battalion, D Company
410. Major Brent Rodd, 39 y.o from Nth.Sydney, commander B. Co. under Milne. ditto
RODD, Brent Burnell 8 Terrace Street, Newcastle, New South Wales 35th Battalion, D Company
410. Tedder (not in index), commander C Co. under Milne.ditto
Possibly Oscar James O'Neill TEDDER,executor,(son?), of Colonel JAMES GEORGE TEDDER,whose service record gives his occupation as Lieutenant and no further detail after his embarkation (see why below*), or more likely*the Colonel himself who fought in three wars.
TEDDER, Oscar James O'Neill Glenora, Kingston Road, Kingston, New South Wales 2nd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
TEDDER, James George Phillip Street, Belmore, New South Wales Divisional Train, No 3 Company
*FROM THE ARTICLE ABOUT THE COLONEL: Oscar James Tedder – Captain
Born 1887 and enlisted in 1914 returning to Australia on 20 October 1918. He served at Gallipoli, re-taking Lone Pine and later joining the Flying Corps in Europe.
431. Brigade Major Thomas Louch, 12th Brigade.
923 LOUCH, Thomas Steane The Rectory, Albany, Western Australia 11th Battalion, H Company
432. Tasmanian, Col.John Whitham's 52nd Batt.
WHITHAM, John Lawrence Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, Victoria 12th Battalion, D Company
John is in the same photo as Captain ALEXANDER Fraser below.
433.Capt. Albert (sic, ALEXANDER) Fraser, 52nd Batt.
None of the 13 service records for FRASER with a given name of ALBERT seem to match.
A google search produced the right man in a Wikipedia article but no given name.
The photo of the officers of the 52nd Battalion names him as Capt Alexander Fraser MC. This is the most likely service record.
FRASER, Alexander Hugh Forestville, South Australia 12th Battalion, E Company
439. Private Eddie Lynch, 21 y.o. from Bourke of 45th Batt (says 48th Batt. on page 448.)
2207 LYNCH, Edward Francis Perthville, New South Wales 45th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
439. Lt. Charles Aherne, (in the front line WITH the 16 Batt.)
There was only one Charles Aherne on the Anzac Project, Frederick Charles Aherne, but as he was said to have "Returned to Australia 31 August 1916" only nine months after he enlisted, with no further details, it was hard to confirm that he was on the Western Front in 1918, even though he was in the 52nd Battalion on the Nominal Roll. Frederick Charles Aherne died in 1948 AS DID HARRY ERNEST AHERNE (A CORPORAL IN THE 52ND BATTALION WHO "Returned to Australia 22 February 1917" AND DIED ON 18 March 1948. I believe the date of Frederick Charles Aherne's return to Australia is wrong. His wedding notice* shows that he would have been known by his comrades as CHARLES.As his siblings were the only other AHERNES listed in the Anzac Project (SEE BELOW), I must assume that he was the Lieutnant mentioned on page 439.
AHERNE.-Friends of the late Mr Frederick Charles Aherne are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, which will move from his late residence, 16 Thomas St., North Hobart, on Wednesday (This Day), at 2.15 pm, for Cornelian Bay Cemetery.
HOBART SUB-BRANCH, RSSAILA.
Members of the above and 12th and 52nd Battalion Associations are invited to attend the funeral of their late comrade, Frederick Charles Aherne, 12th and 52nd Battalion, AIF, which will arrive at Cornelian Bay Cemetery, This Day (Wednesday), at 2.30 pm, E. W. LACY, Secretary.(P.8, The Mercury, 7-4-1948.)
*AHERNE-WOODRUFF.— On July 22, at Hobart, Charles Frederick Aherne,- son (of) James and Helena Louisa Aherne, of Hobart, to Ethel Amelia Woodruff, daughter of Alfred and Emily Woodruff, late of New Norfolk now of Hobart. (The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas.) Tuesday 15 September 1903 p 2)
Immediate Family of Charles Frederick Aherne
Birthdate: October 06, 1882
Birthplace: Hobart, TAS, Australia
Death: April 1948 (65)
Hobart, TAS, Australia
Helen Louisa Grant,mother; James Ahern, father; Arthur Leslie James Aherne,brother; Harry Ernest Aherne,brother; Reginald Percy Aherne, brother; James Harold Ahern, brother; Helen Maud Mary Aherne, sister; Evelyn Lucy Aherne,sister; Cecil Roy Aherne, brother.
AHERNE RESULTS ON THE ANZAC PROJECT.
4440 AHERNE, Frederick Charles (as in the link below);
2676 AHERNE, Harry Ernest 282 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania 12th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
1637 AHERNE, Reginald Percy 282 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania 15th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
1942 AHERNE, Roy Cecil 282 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania Field Artillery Brigade 3, Battery 9
4440 AHERNE, Frederick Charles 5 Bernard Street, North Hobart, Tasmania 12th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
440. Capt. Daniel Aarons (16th Batt?)
AARONS, Daniel Sidney Vacuum Oil Co., Fremantle, Western Australia 16th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
444. Lance-Corporal William James Connaughton and his trusty Lewis gun stall a German advance.(48th Batt?)
4776 CONNAUGHTON, William James Lion Mill, Western Australia 16th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
456. Capt. Clarence Wallach, B.Company, 19th Batt.
706 WALLACH, Clarence Pinkivil Street, Bondi, New South Wales 19th Battalion, B Company
456. Lt, Percy Storkey, Kiwi native who joined A.I.F. days after the Gallipoli landing was reported.
STORKEY, Percy Valentine University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 19th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
484.Major John McDowell is wounded and blinded.
His sight may have improved because he was an industrian officer during the construction of Canberra later on but his wounding was reported less than a month later.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Thursday 9 May 1918 p 8 Detailed Lists, Results, Guides
... . WOUNDED. Major JOHN AMBROSE McDOWELL, Katoomba.
McDOWELL, John Ambrose Mostyn Hamilton Street, Coogee, New South Wales 18th Battalion, B Company
484. Digger, Sydney Young's poem about the death of Colonel Milne and two of his staff.Probably:
1433 YOUNG, Sydney Bond Sydney, New South Wales 36th Battalion, Headquarters
487. A platoon from A.I.F.'s 8th Batt.led by Lt. Ivan (Ivon) Murdoch, younger brother of Keith,is dug in just east of Hazelbrouck Forest.
3184 MURDOCH, Ivon George Riversdale Road, Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria 24th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
EXTRACT: "Next of kin Father, Patrick J Murdoch, The Manse, Riversdale Road, Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria"
EXTRACT: "Parent(s) Patrick John Murdoch, Annie Brown. Relatives...Ivon Murdoch (brother)......."
488. Corp.Percival Turvey of 3rd Batt., 1st Brigade, a 26 y.o. Gallipoli vet. and son of the publican of Wagga Wagga's Bridge Hotel, moves forward to a small rise.
2693 TURVEY, Percival Rylstone, New South Wales 3rd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
493. Jackie Hayes (1st Batt, 1st Brigade?) takes his seriously wounded mate,Archie Barwick, to an regimental aid post.
948 HAYES, Jack Charles 24 Margaret Street, Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales 1st Battalion, H Company
495. 2nd Lt. Tom Richards, 1st Battalion, vet. of Gallipoli, who played rugby for both the Wallabies and British Lions between 1908 and 1912 is capable and calm amidst widespread panic.
Wallaby Warrior: Australia, British Lions hero Tom ...
Thomas James Richards wrote one of the most amazing rugby stories in history, the New South Welshman being the only Australian-born player in history to play for Australia and the British...
RICHARDS, Thomas James
TOM RICHARDS OBITUARY in 1935.
THOMAS JAMES RICHARDS BIOGRAPHY which indicates that there is another service record for Tom.
25 RICHARDS, Thomas James * 11 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, New South Wales 1st Field Ambulance, A Squadron
496. Private Norman Gill, Tom Richard's close friend is shot in the head and killed and is buried by Tom after nightfall.
None of the four service records found with a GILL, Norman search indicates a death on about 17 April 1918.
Frederick Norman Gill, whose record was not one of those four, and found with a google search, died from pneumonia in 1916.
496. Private Alfred Lucas, Tom Richards' batman, is killed shortly after Norman Gill was shot.
No service record was found with a date of death on about 17 April 1918.
500. Sapper, Henry William Dadswell describes the effect of gas.
6868 DADSWELL, Henry William Warrak P.O., via Ararat, Victoria 2nd Divisional Signal Company, 10th Reinforcement
506. Col. John Scanlan of 59th Batt.and his 600 men holding a key spot near Bois L'Abbe when a platoon of 40 British trench diggers is sent to relieve them.
JOHN SCANLAN, 59th BATT.-WIKIPEDIA
Two service records:
SCANLAN, John Joseph 270 Richardson Street, Middle Park, Victoria 7th Battalion, D Company
SCANLAN, John Joseph * Middle Park, Victoria 57th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
507. General (Talbot in index) Hobbs, commanding officer of 5th division.
HOBBS, Joseph John Talbot The Bungalow, Peppermint Grove, Western Australia Divisional Artillery Headquarters
519. ALL OF THE FOLLOWING, APART FROM GUNNER FRANK WORMALD (A WITNESS), MAY HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE SHOOTING DOWN OF THE RED BARON'S PLANE.
GUNNER ROBERT BUIE, oyster farmer from Brooklyn (Brookland in service record), north of Sydney, Lewis gun.
SERGEANT CEDRIC POPKIN of Aust. 24th Gun Company, Vickers machine gun;
PRIVATE RUPERT WESTON, Vickers;
GUNNER "SNOWY" EVANS, Lewis.
3801 Buie, Robert Maclean, New South Wales 1st Pioneer Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
424 POPKIN, Cedric Bassett Palmwood, North Coast Line, Queensland Machine Gun Company 7, Reinforcement 6*
600 WESTON, Rupert Falkiner Randwick, New South Wales Machine Gun Company 9, Reinforcement 9
*Detailed article about Cedric with his photo.
The service record and Wikipedia entry match for SNOWY.
Snowy Evans - Wikipedia
Willy John "Snowy" Evans (c. 1891 –1925) was a Lewis machine gunner in the Royal Australian Artillery (RAA) during World War I. (Also see Wormald's account below, crediting both Buie and Evans with hitting the plane.)
598 EVANS, William John Hughenden, Queensland 5th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
520.GUNNER FRANK WORMAND confirmed that Buie had hit the plane and plainly saw the Red Baron's reaction.
3530 WORMALD, Francis Cudgee, Victoria 8th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
WORMALD WAS BUIE'S NEPHEW.
521. Lt. ALEC. S. PATERSON, observer in Aust. reconnaissance plane.
8431 PATERSON, Alex Stewart South Terrace, East Adelaide, South Australia Field Artillery Brigade 6, Battery 18
EXTRACT. Rank from Nominal Roll Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll Australian Flying Corps
523. Corp. Noel Keating of 13 Batt.
7575 KEATING, Noel Michael Centennial Park, New South Wales 13th Battalion, 25th Reinforcement
526.Major David Blake, commanding officer of Aust. Flying Corps No. 3 Squadron, organised the full military funeral for the Red Baron.
David Valentine Jardine Blake
Born 10 November 1887
Parramatta, New South Wales
Died 6 March 1965 (aged 77)
Newtown, New South Wales
Service/branch Australian Army
Years of service 1911–1947
Rank Major General
Commands held 7th Military District (1941–42)
Australian Flying Corps Training Depot (1919)
No. 3 Squadron AFC (1916–18)
Battles/wars First World War
Second World War
Bombing of Darwin
Awards Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Distinguished Service Medal (United States)
BLAKE, David Valentine Jardine Victoria Barracks, Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales Australian Flying Corps, No 1 Squadron, Headquarters
526. Corporal Mechanic, Joe Porter of No.3 Squadron, put his own boots on the dead pilot, who wouldn't need his own (which ended up in Morningside, Brisbane.)
THE RED BARON'S BOOTS
THE RED BARON'S BOOT
On page 675, it is stated that Joe had felt guilty about the boots "as detailed in the Independent of Deniliquin of New South Wales, 6 April 1934." The article, on page 4, has been found. See below. It gives Joe's name as A.J.Porter.
JOE MUST HAVE BEEN HIS NICKNAME! No wonder I hadn't found his service record.
735 PORTER, Aubrey James * Brixton Villa, Morningside, Brisbane, Queensland Australian Flying Corps, No 2 Squadron, C Flight
Joe (Aubrey James) died in May 1944. ( The Telegraph,Brisbane,Thu 11 May 1944,Page 6)
535.Corp. Herbert Harris of 55th Batt., once a lift operator at Grace Bros. Department Store indicated that
wearing masks did not provide complete protection against gas which lingered for about 2 hours.
3077 HARRIS, Herbert Henry 183 Walker Street, Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales 17th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
EXTRACTS:Occupation-Lift controller, Rank from Nominal Roll-Corporal, Unit from Nominal Roll-55th Battalion
565.Captain Billy Harburn, 24 y.o. bank clerk and newly promoted Lt. Cliff Sadlier of C. Company of the 51st Batt. provided calm, capable leadership to the younger, inexperienced members of the company.
"BILLY"- 961 HARBURN, Roy National Bank, Kellerberrin, Western Australia 11th Battalion, D Company.
Roy and his brother, Jack, the only two Harburns listed, started in the 11th Battalion and had moved to the 51st before Jack died in August 1916.
CLIFF, (Victoria Cross.) 2858 SADLIER, Clifford William King Subiaco, Western Australia 51st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
571 Private Walter Kennedy witnessed the world's first battle between two tanks.
In the original journal I had provided my best guess regarding the correct service record based on flimsy evidence in the narrative, the index, the footnote and the many service records, on the basis that mortars might have been used against the German tank. I have just found the CORRECT service record due to Walter Kennedy's full name being provided in the book's bibliography.
COPIED FROM THE FIRST JOURNAL.
P.234. Private Walter Kennedy. Based on page 571 detail:
3069 KENNEDY, Walter Bede Oakhampton Road, West Maitland, New South Wales 4th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
However, the above is being amended based on the footnote provided for his comment and then the discovery of the following on page 749 of the book under DIARIES, LETTERS, PAPERS AND REPORTS.
Kennedy, Walter Scott, Private Record, Memoir (handwritten and transcribed), 'From Anzac Cove to Villers-Bretonneux: The Story of a Soldier in the Fifteenth Battalion 1st A.I.F. (Dedicated to Alf Stein Killed at Gallipoli, 2 May 1915'), AWM, PR02032, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/PR02032/
It's a pity that the second given name was not provided in the index.
1204 KENNEDY, Walter Scott 87 Jersey Road, Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales 15th Battalion, H Company
574 Colonel Robert Christie, commander of W.A.'s 51st Batt.,a mere private at Gallipoli three years earlier.
The Colonel was born in Maryborough, Queensland in 1883.
The following service record is in agreement with the above biography except for the date of birth, given as 24 August 1890in the service record.
662 CHRISTIE, Robert Targo Street, Bundaberg, Queensland 5th Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters
586. Col. John Peck, one of Gen. Hobbs' 5th Div. staff officers.
John Henry Peck biography
PECK, John Henry Headquarters, 5th Military District, Perth, Western Australia 11th Battalion, Headquarters
598.18 y.o. Bertie Denman, a mill hand from Perth about to undergo a baptism of fire and vets such as Cecil Burt and Reg Helyar, country boys from Solomontown S.A. and Nanup, W.A.
BERTIE.3735 DENMAN, Albert Edwards 69 Murray Street, Perth, Western Australia 51st Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
CECIL. 22 BURT, Cecil Elijah Roy Solomontown, South Australia 3rd Divisional Cyclist Company
REG.4525 HELYAR, Reginald Nannup, Western Australia 11th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
599. Col. Norman Marshall, C.O. of 60th Batt., 15th Brig., one time welterweight boxing champ of Victoria.
562 MARSHALL, Norman Pemenria, Avondale Road, Armadale, Victoria 5th Battalion, F Company
601-3. 13th Batt. Sgt. Charlie Stokessuggests to Lt. Sadlier, most of whose platoon has been shot with machine guns from the woods, that they do the job that was supposed to have been done by the Brits and with the assistance of some unnamed privates and Bombers,Wilfred GuthrieandJohn Collins, (good mates who'd met aboard HMAT Aeneas when the sailed out of Fremantle in April 1916 as part of the 2nd reinforcements for 51st Batt.) this small band took out all the machine gun nests, allowing the 13th Brigade to advance without being wiped out as Sadlier's platoon had been.
CHARLIE:2253 STOKES, Charles Albert 193 York Street, Subiaco, Western Australia 51st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
WILFRED:1656 GUTHRIE, Wilfred George Perth, Western Australia 51st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement Embarkation details as for John.
JOHN:1638 COLLINS, John Augustine 'St Clair', Ainslie Road, North Fremantle, Western Australia 51st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
EXTRACT:Embarkation details Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas on 17 April 1916
605.While the 15th Brig. waits on Colonel Marshall's order for another battalion to arrive, Edward Need and Ted Wiley patrol ahead of the start line to detect any hidden German presence.
2010 WYLIE, Edward William North Melbourne, Victoria 46th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
607.Captain Robert Forsyth, a doctor from Melbourne and medical officer for the 52nd Batt.set up an advanced aid post in the Cachy Switch.
FORSYTH, Robert Leslie Surrey Hills, Victoria Medical Officers
611.(13th Brigade)Lieutenant Rogers. Not enough evidence to identify the right service record from about 400 possibilities.
619. Major William Craies, who has come up with the reserve company of 52nd Batt., reaches a decision.
A BRAVE QUEENSLANDER
CRAIES, William Alexander Townsville, Queensland 52nd Battalion 9th Reinforcement Also:
CRAIES, William Alexander Alexandra Street, North Ward, Townsville, Queensland 25th Battalion B Company
621 Colonel John McArthur, 29th Batt. (British? No Aussie!)
McARTHUR, John 2 Howe Crescent, South Melbourne, Victoria 29th Battalion, Headquarters Staff
625. Lt.Alison O'Brien 59th Batt.
O'BRIEN, Alison Stewart Melbourne, Victoria 59th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement Also:
323 O'BRIEN, Alison Stewart 171 Burke Road, Camberwell, Victoria 4th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron
631. Sgt. John Naylor of the 59th Batt. No service record can be identified from the 18 possible results.
As far as my weary mind can remember, none of these mention 59th battalion or a sergeant.
635. Private Len Doody (15th Brigade?)
2529 DOODY, Leonard Boundary Street, Kerang, Victoria 59th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
645. Lt. Dave Fair running about on top from one post to another with orders and handing out rum in big doses, heedless of shells...
Possibly 3575 FAIR, David Fryers Street, Shepparton, Victoria 7th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement because the other David Fair was recorded as "Wounded in action (gas shell), 17 April 1918; rejoined unit, 14 July 1918" thus missing the Anzac Day action if he had been near Villers-Bretonneux. No Dave Fair was listed.
646. Lt.James Falconer, one of the 57th Battalion's finest officers....
29 FALCONER, James Allan Nairnville, Barkly Avenue, Malvern, Victoria 5th Battalion, A Company
EXTRACT: Rank from Nominal Roll Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll 57th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)
Recommendation date: 13 March 1918
Fate Killed in Action 25 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records 23
647. The Diggers are dominating, in no small part due to Lewis gunner, Corporal Water Patten.
There are only two men with this name and one of them could not have been securing VILLERS-BRETONNEUX on Anzac Day 1918 because, although his rank was GUNNER, his "Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Feldmarschall on 19 June 1918".
This one, a corporal, was in the 57th Battalion, as was James Falconer, and they held the bridge together with their men.
3914 PATTEN, Walter State Savings Bank, Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria 23rd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
648. Col John McColl of the 5th Div. HQ staff.
Probably Lt.-Col. John Thomas McColl* who may have been British as he is not listed on the Anzac Project.
*Papers relating to Joseph John Talbot Hobbs, September ...
Battle Instructions, Series 'E', No. 6 by Lieutenant-Colonel J.T. [John Thomas] McColl, 25 September 1918 [diagram for 'Areas of Assembly for Y/Z Night' attached]; Battle Instructions, Series 'E', No. 7 by Lieutenant-Colonel J.T. [John Thomas] McColl, 25 September 1918
652. General Grogan of the 23rd Brigade.
George Grogan, British VC winner-Wikipedia.
All those mentioned have aleady been detailed.
675. The piece about Joe Porter claims that he returned the boots to the Baroness, who "gratefully received him and her late son's "high-topped boots" (39) The footnotes for the chapter only go to 38!
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