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Bamber, Edmond Andrew, 69481


Service No:
6948                             
Occupation: Blacksmith
Address:
Coldstream
Date of Enlistment:
July 1,1918
Age at Enlistment:
20 years 6 mnths
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 6 ¾ in tall, 130lbs, blue eyes, fair hair, fair complexion
Next of Kin: Father Thomas Bamber
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 18th RFTs. GSG
Embarkation Details: None

Places and dates of service:
Edmund did not leave Australia but served 162 days at Broadmeadows.


Returned to Australia:
Not applicable     
Discharge Date:
December 24, 1919 due to demobilisation
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
Not applicable
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Coldstream and Yering War Memorial

Family Story:
Edmund was born December 17, 1897 Gruyere to Thomas Bamber, his mother was deceased at time of enlistment. He had siblings Henry Thomas (b) 1894 who also served ww1 (1885) Margaret (Maggie), Thomas and Alice. Edmund enlisted in 1918 but became very ill with influenza and so did not embark to war. He attended Yering primary School, and after the war he was on a Soldier Settlement block at Scoresby with his brother Henry, known as Harry. This was cancelled in 1927. Henry moved to Mordialloc as a horse trainer, and Edmund was an Estate Agent in Northcote 1933 (Trove newspapers) (Ancestry).

He married Katherine Beatrice Ebbs but it is not known if they had family, or where and when he died.

 


Bamber, Henry Thomas, 1885



Service No:
1885                             
Occupation: Farrier
Address:
Coldstream
Date of Enlistment:
January 17, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
22 years 4 mths
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 5 ½ in tall, 123lbs, grey eyes, brown hair, medium complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, Thomas Bamber
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 11th RFTS
Embarkation Details: September 23, 1916 Melbourne on HMAT Pera A4

Places and dates of service:
1916 November 15: to Tidworth England.
1917 January 23: appointed shoeing smith.
1917 January 25: to Etaples France.
1917 February 8: transfer to 1st Anzac Light Horse France.
1918 November 6: sick (influenza) while on leave in England.
1919 March 4: Returned to Australia (medically unfit)

Service injuries: NIL


Returned to Australia:
May 16. 1919 Melbourne on the Dongala     
Discharge Date:
August 18, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Coldstream and Yering War memorial, Gruyere South State School Honour Roll

Family Story:
Henry (Harry) was born August 28, 1894 in Williamstown to Thomas Bamber, his mother was deceased at the time of enlistment. Harry had siblings Edmund (Eddie), Margaret (Maggie) Thomas and Alice. He found work with the railways until he enlisted 1916. He had also been working at his father’s blacksmith shop in Coldstream, and on return from the war Dame Nellie Melba took an interest and suggested he should be a trainer, giving him some of her horses for him to work.

Harry and his brother Eddie were granted a farm at Scoresby as part of the Soldier Settlement Scheme, this was given up in 1927. He moved to Mordialloc and had a home and stables “Rivette” (later sold in 1950s). He owned and trained a filly called Rivette and in 1939 was the first mare to win both the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup in one year. (Mountain View Newspaper June 1985)

He later lived in Nunawading for 27years with wife Eileen, he died May 7, 1985 aged 92 years and was buried at Templestowe Cemetery. Eileen died July 15, 1976 and is also at Templestowe.




Barnes, Cyril Freeman 21512



Service No:
21512                             
Occupation: Postal Assistant
Address:
Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
December 10, 1917
Age at Enlistment:
19 years 7 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 5in tall, 117lbs, brown eyes, dk brown hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, Frederick Gough Barnes.
Rank on Enlistment: Sapper
Unit Name: 3rd Div. Signal Co.
Embarkation Details: February 28, 1918 Melbourne on HMAT Nestor A71.

Places and dates of service:
1918 April 20: to Liverpool England.
1918 May 22: to France – in the field.
1918 March 11: to London England.
1919 March 17: to France.
1919 April 7: to London England.
1919 April 30: (sick) to Grove Military Hospital Tooting, England.
1919 September 10: Promoted to T/2/Corporal.
1919 November 22: Returned to Australia.

Service injuries: NIL




Returned to Australia:
January 9, 1920 to Melbourne on the Aeneas     
Discharge Date:
February 8, 1920.
Rank at Discharge:
T/2/Corporal
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal
Memorials:
Lilydale Presbyterian Church Memorial Roll, Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll

Family Story:
Cyril was born 1898 in Benalla to parents Frederick Gough and Charlotte (Lottie) Barnes.
When he enlisted in 1917 Cyril was working at the Lilydale Post Office, possibly renting in Lilydale as his parents lived in Kensington.

The electoral rolls state that he was a postal assistant in Newmarket after the war in 1921, then in 1931 he was in Kooyong and in 1949 in Melbourne. It is possible that he then went to Queensland and it is not known if he married and had family, or where or when he died.





Barnes, George Breedon, No number issued.



Service No:
No number issued                           
Occupation: Orchardist
Address:
Seville
Date of Enlistment:
July 8, 1918
Age at Enlistment:
32 years 11 months
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
5ft 8ins tall, 162 lbs,
Next of Kin: Wife Myrtle May Barnes
Rank on Enlistment: Not Applicable
Unit Name: Not Applicable
Embarkation Details: Not Applicable

Places and dates of service:
Not applicable


Returned to Australia:
Not Applicable    
Discharge Date:
December 24, 1918 due to demobilisation.
Rank at Discharge:
Not Applicable
Honours/Medals:
Not Applicable
Memorials:
Seville Memorial

Family Story:
George was born June 23, 1885 in Collingwood, parents names not known. He was married to Myrtle May and they had four children. George died une 26, 1941 and was survived by his wife, who lived to the grand old age of 97years. She died, on December 1, 1986 living at the time in Bond Street Ringwood.




Batfield, M.,

Beavis, T.,


Bedbrook, Arthur Ernest, 750

Link to Arthur Bedbrook's headstone.


Service No:
750                            
Occupation: Groom/Gardener
Address:
9 McKay St. Coburg / Sandhurst Berkshire England
Date of Enlistment:
August 20, 1914
Age at Enlistment:
27 years 3 months
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
5ft 7in tall, 11stn 3lb, blue eyes, light brown hair, fair complexion.
Next of Kin: Ethel Nora Bedbrook
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 4th Division Train
Embarkation Details: October 19, 1914 Melbourne on HMAT Benalla A24

Places and dates of service:
1914 : Suez 1915 March : wounded
1915 April 5: to Gallipoli
1915 December 7: to Matruh Egypt
1916 January 13: to Alexandria Egypt
1916 March 2 : to Heliopolis Lebanon
1916 March 10 : Appointed to Driver
1916 June 1: to Marseilles France
1916 July 1: Appointed Acting Corporal France
1916 – 1918: in France in the field at the Western Front

Service injuries:
1915 March : wounded -kicked by a horse, loss of hearing right ear and ruptured ear drum.

Returned to Australia:
1918 November 23 to Melbourne on HT Devon     
Discharge Date:
January 24, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Acting Corporal /Driver
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll

Family Story:
Arthur was born in 1887 in Sandhurst Berkshire England father Charles William Bedbrook.
In 1914 he was working as a gardener in Lilydale (1914 Australian Electoral Roll for Finders, Lilydale pg4).
On August 12, 1917 he married Ethel Nora Prince at St, Stephen Parish Church in Portsmouth in England, family is not known.
In 1918 Arthur was listed as a gardener at Lilydale. (1918 Australian Electoral Roll Flinders, Lilydale pg4).

He died April 23,1932 at Coburg and is buried at Fawkner Cemetery.


Bedford, Robert Henry, 2371



Service No:
 2371                            
Occupation: Postman (temp)
Address:
Guildford Rd, Surrey Hills
Date of Enlistment:
March 25, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
31 years 2 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
6ft 1in tall, 158 lbs, blue eyes, light brown hair, florid
Next of Kin: David Bedford
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 5th Reinforcements 46th Btn
Embarkation Details: September 6, 1916 at Melbourne on HMAT Port Sydney.

Places and dates of service:
1916 November 19: to camp in Wilton Codford, England
1917 January 12: to Etaples France
1917 January 18 – 1918 January 19: in the field France
1918 October 12: appointed to Lance Corporal in the field in France
1918 January 7: confirmed Corporal
1919 April 28: to England

Service injuries: NIL

Returned to Australia:
August 20, 1919: Melbourne on the Frankfurt.    
Discharge Date:
October 4, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Corporal
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, St Johns Lilydale Honour Roll.

Family Story:
Robert was born in 1885 Lilydale to David Bedford who by December 1888 he was operating the livery stables at the Olinda Hotel which was leased to David Baker and owned by the Estate of John Hutchinson.
Two years later David was also leasing an additional 20 acres from the estate. He lived in John St, Lilydale renting one of the homes owned by Charles Walker. (Shire of Lillydale Ratebooks 1888 and 1890). See also Gun Alley – 47 John Street, Lilydale on this website.

Robert had a brother Will (see next entry) sisters Lucy (Mrs Reg Stanley) Emily and Ada. Robert died October 11, 1955. His funeral was held at Surrey Hills and he was interred at Lilydale Cemetery. He was member of Box Hill Mark Lodge No 45; Lilydale Mark Lodge; Orient Lodge of Lilydale No 108 A.F and A. Masons of Victoria.




Bedford, William Thomas, 3015



Service No:
3015                             
Occupation: Labourer
Address:
Guildford Rd. Surrey Hills
Date of Enlistment:
July 12, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
28 years 3 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 10¾in tall, 13stn, light blue eyes, sandy hair, fair complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, David Bedford
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 5th Btn 10th Reinforcement
Embarkation Details: September 29, 1915 in Melbourne on HMAT Ostreley.

Places and dates of service:
1916 January 7: to Tel-el-Kebir Egypt.
1916 March 31: to Marseilles France.
1916 August 17: wounded in the field France.
1916 September 29: re-joined Btn. In the field France.
1917 July 17: appointed to Lance Corporal in France.
1918 January 22: to England for furlough and Return to Australia.

Service injuries:
1916 August 17: gunshot wound to the back and side in the field France.


Returned to Australia:
April 13, 1919 to Melbourne on Balmoral Castle.     
Discharge Date:
June 6, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Lance Corporal
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Lilydale St. John’s Church of England Honour Board.

Family Story:
Bill was born in 1887 Lilydale to David Bedford (Mother not known). He attended Lilydale State School, and had a brother Bob who also served in WW1 (2371). Bill died 1955 and was buried in the Box Hill Cemetery on January 13, 1955. CEe 117-0028. There is an Alice also buried in this plot July 19, 1968, possibly his wife.





Beggs, Eric Colin, 270

 

Service No:
 270                            
Occupation: Postal assistant
Address:
25 Myrtle St, Clifton Hill
Date of Enlistment:
January 18th.1916
Age at Enlistment:
21 years and 7 mths
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
Eric was 5ft 3 ¼ inches, weighing 115 lbs with brown hair and eyes and dark complexion.
Next of Kin: Robert Beggs, father
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: C Flight, No 1 Squadron, AFC
Embarkation Details: Embarked March 16th 1916 at Melbourne on HMAT Orsova A67

Places and dates of service:
Prior to his enlistment, Eric served 15 months with the 1st 19th Signallier Engineers Troop at South Melbourne and served 12 months with 55th Infantry Battalion.
 
1916 September 26 – March 5, 1919 Egypt

Returned to Australia:
April 17, 1919     
Discharge Date:
August 18, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Air Mechanic 1st Class
Honours/Medals:
British War medal; Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll

Family Story:
Eric was born at Sunbury, Victoria in June 1894, to Robert Beggs and Mary Ann Beggs (nee Stafford). A brother, Robert Ferres Beggs (1887-1966) was also born in Sunbury. His father Robert moved from Myrtle St, Clifton Hill, to 'Brightside' 4 Ramsden St Clifton Hill. Later he moved again to 'Tahara' Nepean Rd Aspendale.




Bell, Joseph, 19808


Service No:
19808                             
Occupation: Merchant Warehouseman
Address:
The Towers, Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
January 25, 1918
Age at Enlistment:
41 years 10 months
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
5ft 7½in tall, 158 lbs, green/grey eyes, brown hair, sallow complexion.
Next of Kin: Wife, Mrs Beatrice Bell
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: No.4 Section Sea Transport
Embarkation Details: February 2, 1918 Sydney on HMAT Wiltshire A18.

Places and dates of service:
1918 April 20: Southampton England.
1918 May 7: returning to Australia on HMAT Wiltshire - transport duty.

Service injuries: NIL


Returned to Australia:
 August 2, 1918 to Melbourne on HMAT Wiltshire.     
Discharge Date:
August 6, 1918.
Rank at Discharge:
British War Medal
Honours/Medals:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Yarra Junction Memorial Roll, Warburton/Upper Yarra RSL Board.
Memorials:


Family Story:
Joseph was born March, 23 1876 in Wigton Cumberland, England to parents Joseph Bell and Mary Harrison. He married Beatrice Bell and they had 4 children, John Blyth Bell (eldest) daughter, and 2 other sons. In the 1888 they were living at Yarra Grange on 2181 acres in Coldstream, coming to The Towers in Lilydale in about 1908 and remaining until about 1924.

It was during this time that Joseph enlisted and served on a transport ship to, and from England in 1918.

By 1926 he was living at the old ‘Mundroola’ homestead in Taggerty, he became sick and had a serious operation, taking some time to return to health. Unfortunately he contracted pneumonia and passed away on June, 21 1926. He was buried at Brighton Cemetery. He left his eldest son at Cambridge University, wife and daughter at ‘Mundroola’ and two sons at school at Geelong Grammar.

He had a warehouse business at 238 Flinders Lane in Melbourne, Banks, Bell and Company. (Argus October 30, 1926; The Australasian November 6, 1926 and The Standard June 25, 1926).



Benham, Victor Rosmond (see Campbell, Victor Rosmond 60897)




Bennier, Norman Aleck, 2750


Service No:
2750                             
Occupation: Bricklayer
Address:
Clark Street Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
March 1, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
27 years  8months
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
5ft 8¾in tall, 147 lbs, blue eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Wife, Marion Bennier
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 6th/59th Btn
Embarkation Details: October 2, 1916 Melbourne on HMAT Nestor A71.

Places and dates of service:
1916 November 16: to Plymouth England.
1916 December 30: to France.
1917 March 24: wounded in action France.
1917 April 17: to England to 1st Sthn General Hospital Birmingham.
1917 July 30: to France.
1918 : France.
1919 August 5: Returned to Australia.

Service injuries:
1917 March 24: gunshot wound to left thigh (severe) in the field France.




Returned to Australia:
August 5, 1919: Melbourne on HT Port Lyttleton.     
Discharge Date:
September 19, 1919.
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll.

Family Story:
Norman was born on the July 14, 1888 at Crystal Brook South Australia to parents James Bennier and Margaret Nicolson.

He married Marion Jane Jenner Wardell 1914 (BDM) and lived in Clark Street Lilydale.

He was a member of the Lilydale Fire Brigade and president of the Lilydale RSL. He was RSL president April 26, 1928 after Marion died. He later left the district.

It appears they that they had no children, Marion died March 22, 1928 aged 38 years and was buried at the Lilydale Cemetery (W1 Grave 22). Norman died at Heidelberg and was buried April 1, 1965 with Marion.




Berry, Geoffrey, 3269



Service No:
3269                          
Occupation: Orchardist
Address:
Seville Victoria
Date of Enlistment:
October 16 1917
Age at Enlistment:
18 years, 10 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5 feet 41/2 inches, 134 lbs, chest 33/38 inches, eyes blue, hair brown.
Next of Kin: Father Mr Guy Berry.
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 8/38th Btn
Embarkation Details: December 22, 1917 on H.M.A.T. Ulysses A38.

Places and dates of service:
1918 January 16: Disembarked to A.I.F. Camp Suez
1918 January 24: Embarked H.M.T. Leasowe Castle, Port Said
1918 February 2: Disembarked Taranto,Hampton
1918 March 31: 9th Training Btn , M/I to 9th Training Btn from 10th Training Btn,  Fovant.
1918 May 5: Proceeded to France. 
1918 May 11: Died of wounds.

Service Injuries:
1918, May 11: Wounded in action suffering injuries to his right arm and chest. He died of his wounds that day and is buried in the Adelaide British Cemetery, White Chateau, near Villers Bretanneux, just off Main Amiens Rd, Plot 3 Row 1 Grave 14.

Returned to Australia:
Not Applicable 
Discharge Date:
Not Applicable
Rank at Discharge:
Private at time of death.
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque.
Memorials:
Seville Honour Board

Family Story:
Not known.



Berry, Guy Marten, 16361



Service No:
  16361                           
Occupation: Orchardist
Address:
Seville, Victoria
Date of Enlistment:
October 16, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
21 years 4 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5 feet, 7 ½ inches, 143 lbs, chest 34/38 inches, eyes blue, hair brown.
Next of Kin: Father, Mr Guy Berry
Rank on Enlistment: Sapper
Unit Name: Signal School, 18/2nd Div Sig, Coy
Embarkation Details: December 16,1916, Melbourne on A7 Medic.

Places and dates of service:
1917 February 19: Arrived in England.
1917 September 8: Proceeded overseas to France.
1917 October 3: Sustained gun shot wound right knee and chest, and admitted to  3rd Canadian clearing Station, Belgium.
1917 October 4: Died of Wounds received in action

He is buried at Lyssenthock Military Cemetery, France, C. Ypress, 1¾ miles S.W. of Poperinghe, Plot xxv Row c Grave 2a.
 
Returned to Australia:
Not Applicable     
Discharge Date:
Not Applicable
Rank at Discharge:
Sapper at time of death.
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Scroll & King’s Message.
Memorials:
Seville Honour Board

Family Story:
Mother was Kate Emily. Guy was the brother of Geoffrey who was also killed during the war.



Bethune, A.W. Is Archibald Malcolm, 2510


Service No:
2510                             
Occupation: Labourer
Address:
Seville
Date of Enlistment:
April 8, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
21 years 5 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 8 ¼ in tall, 140lbs, grey eyes, auburn hair, fresh
Next of Kin: Father Archibald Bethune
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 4th Reinforce 3rd Btn
Embarkation Details: October 21, 1916 Melbourne on SS Port Melbourne.

Places and dates of service:
1916 December 28: to Plymouth England.
1917 February 18: to France.
1917 June 7: wounded in France.
1918 February 10: wounded in France.
1918 March : to Hospital Shepherds Bush London England.
 
Service injuries:
1917 June 7: wounded in France in the field- gunshot wound left ankle.
1918 February 10: wounded France in the field – gunshot wound to right leg and back, also fracture of left tibia.


Returned to Australia:
November 26, 1918 returned to Melbourne on HT Runic (orthopaedic invalid)      
Discharge Date:
October 2, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal, 2 Blue Chevrons 1917.
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Seville Roll of Honour

Family Story:
Archie known as Malcolm was born in Grenfell NSW in 1895 to parents Archie and Margaret Bethune who settled in Seville in the 1890s.
Malcolm was a dairy farmer on a property off Old Gippsland Rd. Seville, and in 1921 he married Dorothy (Bethy) Hunter.
They had 3 children – Donald, Bruce and Margaret. Donald Malcolm 1922-1929. Bruce died New Guinea 1943 and Margaret became Mrs Les Johnson.
Malcolm died December 2, 1966 aged 73 years and is buried in the Lilydale Cemetery (Presbyterian Section 1 Grave No.106)



Bethune, William, 15145


Service No:
15145                             
Occupation: Hewer
Address:
Seville
Date of Enlistment:
January 26, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
21 years 4 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 5in tall, 136 lbs, brown eyes, brown hair, dark complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, Archibald Bethune
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 10th Field Artillery Bgd.
Embarkation Details: July 4, 1916 Melbourne on HMAT Berrima A3.

Places and dates of service:
1916 December 17: transfer to 4th DAC at Etaples France.
1917 January 19: transfer back to 10th FAB in the field in France.
1918 January 5: promoted to temp. Corporal in the field France.
1918 April 5: promoted to Corporal in the field France.
1918 April 15: promoted to temp. Sergeant in the field France.
1918 July 5: promoted to Sergeant in the field France.
1919 April 30: to Southampton England.
1919 June 1: Returned to Australia.

Service injuries: NIL


Returned to Australia:
July 15, 1919 to Melbourne on HT Somali.     
Discharge Date:
August 29, 1919.
Rank at Discharge:
Sergeant
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Seville Hall Memorial Board.

Family Story:
Bill was born 1894 in Wycheproof to Archie and Margaret Bethune, who settled in Seville in the 1890s. They lived in a house opposite the School, later buying two four acres blocks in Walker Road, building a house ,barns and stable on one block.

They had 5 children William, Jessica, Malcolm, Alexander and Norman. Malcolm also served WW1. Bill married Anne and it is not known if they had family, he died 1957 and was buried at Lilydale Cemetery on October 2, 1957 66years of age (Reg. No.5010). Anne died 1955  aged 65 years and is also buried at Lilydale Cemetery (Reg. No. 4836).




Black, Douglas Bruce, 64799



Service No:
64799           
Occupation: Orchardist
Address:
Mooroolbark/Montrose
Date of Enlistment:
May 20, 1918
Age at Enlistment:
19 years 10 months
Marital Status:
single
Physical Description:
5ft 10in tall, 147lbs, grey eyes, fair hair, fair complexion
Next of Kin: Father - Thomas Black
Rank on Enlistment: Trooper
Unit Name: 7th General Service Reinforcement
Embarkation Details: October 16, 1918 from Melbourne on HMAT Malta.

Places and dates of service:
1918 December : Arrived Egypt.
1918 December 12: Died of Disease in Abbassia, Egypt – Cerebro Spinal Fever.
He is buried in the Cairo Military Cemetery – Section Q – 179 Egypt.

Returned to Australia:
Not Applicable
Discharge Date:
Not Applicable
Rank at Discharge:
Trooper at time of death.
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Montrose State School Mooroolbark War Memorial.

Family Story:
Douglas was born July 20, 1898 at Mooroolbark to parents Thomas Montgomery Black and Margaret Ellen (nee Fergus). He never married.


Black, Henry (Harry) Gregory, (real name Henry Patrick Black), 1502


Service No:
1502                             
Occupation: labourer
Address:
Coldstream
Date of Enlistment:
March 29, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
26 years 11 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 4¾ in tall, 10stn 4lbs, grey eyes, brown hair, dark complexion.
Next of Kin: Father , Michael James Black
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 8th Aust. Machine Gun Btn
Embarkation Details: May 8, 1915 at Melbourne on HMAT Euripides A14.

Places and dates of service:
1915 December 27: to Alexandria Egypt.
1916 March 1 : transfer to 6th Machine Gun Btn. France.
1916 March 19 : transfer to 23rd Machine Gun Btn. France.
1916 July 30: wounded in the field France (1).
1916 August 5 : to Hospital Boulogne France.
1916 August 28: to Hospital London England.
1916 August 30: transfer to 6th Machine Gun Btn.
1916 November 8: promoted to Lance Corporal France.
1917 April 28: wounded (and sick- scabies) hospital in the field France (2).
1917 May 10: re-joined unit in France.
1917 October 8 : promoted to Corporal France.
1918 April 15 : wounded accidentally in the field France (3).
1918 April 26: to Beaufort War Hospital (Bristol England).
1918 : Court of Enquiry re accidental wounding.
1918 June 10: to Dartmouth 3rd Aux. Hospital England.
1919 January 2: Return to Australia.

Service injuries:
1916 July 30 : Shell wound in the field France (1).
1916 April 28 : slight wound and sick In the field France (2).
1918 April 15: Accidental wound to back and hip and internal in the field France (3).


Returned to Australia:
February 17, 1919Melbourne on the Berrima     
Discharge Date:
April 11, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Corporal
Honours/Medals:
1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Coldstream and Yering Memorial

Family Story:
Henry (Harry) Gregory was born Henry Patrick Black in 1888 Lilydale to Michael James Black and Elizabeth Hughes of “Mt. Mary” Coldstream. (BDM)
Their children – James (b) 1884, Edward Jerrum (b) 1886, * Henry Patrick (b) 1888, Vincent (b) 1890, Alice (b) 1895, Lawrence Michael (b) 1897, Michael Leo (b) 1902 and Eileen Mary (b) 1904. (BDM)

In 1923 Harry married Margaret Nora Templeton but their children are known. (BDM)

Harry’s death is noted in page 19 service record as September 3, 1956 – no place given. He died in Lima South aged 67 years, and was buried September 4, 1956 Benalla, RC D-14. Margaret died August 11, 1971, 67 years and is buried with Harry. (Benalla Cemetery records)




Black, Vincent Francis, 1539A


Service No:
1539A                             
Occupation: Farmer
Address:
Coldstream
Date of Enlistment:
October 5, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
26 years 7 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 6in all, 134 lbs, blue eyes, grey hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, Michael Black
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 4th Light Horse
Embarkation Details: December 15, 1916 Melbourne on the Vestalia A44

Places and dates of service:
1917 January 17: to Isolation Camp at Suez Egypt.
1917 February 15: to 1st Light Horse Moascar Egypt.
1917 April 14: transfer to 4th Light Horse Egypt.
1917 April 28 : to Chan Yunus ?
1917 October 31: wounded in the’ Charge of the Light Brigade’ Beersheeba Palestine.
1917 November 5 to 14: Aust. Gen. Hospital Abbassia Egypt.
1918 February 15: RTA from Suez Egypt.


Service injuries:
1917 October 31: Gunshot wound to abdomen, chest, forearm and fractured wrist, at the ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ Beersheba in Palestine.


Returned to Australia:
March 18, 1918 to Melbourne on HT Ulysses.     
Discharge Date:
August 15, 1918.
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale HonourRoll, Coldstream Memorial Roll

Family Story:
Vincent was born 1890 in Coldstream to Michael Black of ‘Mount Mary’ Coldstream.

A Bertha (Daisy) Black died August 8, 1923 (30years) of tetanus in Alfred Hospital Melbourne. The wife of Vincent Black of Stanhope. Mother of Vivienne and William Kelvin. (Argus 9th August 9, 1923 from Trove Newspapers).

We do not know where or when Vincent died and is buried.


Welcome Home Report 1918





Black, Robert Livingstone Conning, 5985


Service No:
5985                             
Occupation: Engineering Student
Address:
Mooroolbark/Montrose
Date of Enlistment:
February 9, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
22 years 4 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 9in tall, 128lbs, blue eyes, light brown hair, fair
Next of Kin: Father Thomas Montgomery Black
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 7th Btn
Embarkation Details: July 28, 1916 from Melbourne on HMAT Themistocles.

Places and dates of service:
1916 November 13: Etaples - France
1917 – 1918 France in the field.
1918 May 25: wounded in action in the field, France –gunshot wound to face and arm.
1918 August 9: Killed in action in the field France, He is buried in Heath Cemetery Harbonnieres France.
Returned to Australia:
Not Applicable   
Discharge Date:
Not Applicable
Rank at Discharge:
Private at time of death.
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Montrose State School Honour Board, Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, tree planted by Montrose School in his memory.

Family Story:
Robert was born c1893 in Ascot Vale to parents Thomas Montgomery Black and Margaret Ellen Fergus. He never married.




Bert Blundell , 2466



Service No:
2466                             
Occupation: 1st Factory Engine Driver
Address:
Allan Flat via Wodonga
Date of Enlistment:
10 September, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
23 years 6 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft tall, 10stone, blue eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, Joseph Blundell
Rank on Enlistment: Sapper
Unit Name: 12th F Coy. Engineers
Embarkation Details: 11 December, 1915 Sydney on RMS Mooltan

Places and dates of service:
1916 February 28: (sick-dental ) to Cairo Egypt.
1916 March 18: to Cairo Egypt.
1916 June 15: to France.
1916 December 7: sick – Influenza and debility, to field hospital France.
1916 December 27: to Rouen Hospital France.
1917 January 4: to 1st Station general Hospital London England.
1917 June 16: sick (synovitis) to Hospital Colchester England.
1917 December 30: to France to re-join unit.
1918 November 1: leave to England.
1918 January 21: Returned to Australia.

Service injuries: NIL


Returned to Australia:
3 April 1919 Melbourne on Ascanius.     
Discharge Date:
28 May 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Sapper
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Came to Lilydale after the war.

Family Story:
Bert was born about 1892 in Bemboka NSW, to parents Joseph Blundell and Martha Poole. After returning from the war he married in 1921, Katherine Marion Anderson, they had 3 children – Aileen (b) not Victoria, June (b) not Victoria, Noel Anderson (b) 17 December 1926 Lilydale and (d) 11 January 1996 Lilydale.

About 1926 they purchased a drapery store in Main Street Lilydale, on the site of the ES&A bank and ran this until Bert died in 1958. (Shire of Lillydale Rate Books)

Bert was a very good bowler, playing with Lilydale Lawn Bowls and was an outstanding skipper of his team. He died at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital on August 15, 1958 aged 66 years, and was buried with his son Noel in the Lilydale Cemetery (Lilydale Cemetery Registration No. 5071/14741). Kathleen died April 21, 1971 and was buried next to Bert and Noel (Reg. No. 7147)


 

Boxall, Harry, 82


Service No:
82                            
Occupation: Farm Hand
Address:
Not Available
Date of Enlistment:
February 10, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
20 years 9 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 9¾ in tall,11stn 6lbs, dark brown eyes, black hair, dark complexion
Next of Kin: Guardian – Harry Boxall
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 8th Light Horse
Embarkation Details: May 10, 1915 Melbourne on HMAT Euripides A14.

Places and dates of service:
1915 August 30: to Gallipoli Turkey.
1915 November 15: wounded at Gallipoli.
1915 November 16: to Hospital ship, the Hospital Mudros on Lemnos.
1916 January 30: transfer to Camel Corp,Canal Zone Suez Egypt.
1917 February 26: sick (bronchitis/pleurisy) Hospital in Port Said Egypt.
1917 August 21: sick ( Malaria) Hospital Ismailia Sthn. Egypt.
1917 December 16: to Hospital Egypt (knee problems).
1918 August 24: sick (malaria) Abbassia Egypt.
1919 April 15: sick (appendicitis) Hospital in Cairo Egypt.

Service injuries:
1915 November 15: wounded at Gallipoli – dust to eyes and shock from bomb blast.


Returned to Australia:
October 20, 1919 to Melbourne on Euripides.     
Discharge Date:
January 2, 1920.
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, R.S badge C5071.
Memorials:
Silvan Memorial.

Family Story:
Harry was born 1895 in London England, Father Mr. W.C Boxall of Hammersmith London. In December 11, 1934 he was living 9 Bignell St. Flemington (service records). A Harry Ronald Boxall - buried at Fawkner April 1949?



 

Boys, Walter Anderson, 3291

 
Service No:
 3291                            
Occupation: Orchardist
Address:
Seville
Date of Enlistment:
December 22, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
30 years 5 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 5 ¾ in Tall, 119 lbs, brown eyes, light brown hair, fresh
Next of Kin: Mother Jean Margaret Boys (later Mrs A R Mathews)
Rank on Enlistment: Trooper
Unit Name: 8th Light Horse
Embarkation Details: May 10, 1917 in Melbourne on HT Boorara A42

Places and dates of service:
1917 January 5: Royal Park Melbourne Aust.
1917 June 20: to Egypt – Suez Isolation Camp at Moascar
1917 July 31: transfer to 3rd Light Horse
1917 August 20: back to 8th Light Horse
1918 May 28: to hospital sick ( rheumatism) Port Said Egypt
1918 July 20: to Palestine
1918 July 27: to Hospital Jerusalem Palestine (bronchial pneumonia)
1918 July 29: to Hospital Kantara Port Said Egypt
1919 February 26: Moascar Egypt.

Returned to Australia:
April 17, 1919 Melbourne on HT Port Sydney     
Discharge Date:
May 17, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Trooper
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Seville Hall Honour Board

Family Story:
Walter was born in South Australia in 1886, his mother Jean Margaret Boys later married Alexander Richard Mathews (he also served 3rd and 8th Light Horse No.2997) In 1917 his mother moved from “Woodbury” Seville to 48 Myross Terrace Ascot Vale.
The date and place of death and if he married is not known.




Breton, A.,

Bricknell, H.,




Briers, Albert Oscar, 703


Albert Briers in Cairo.



Service No:
703                             
Occupation: Butcher
Address:
Lilydale, Victoria.
Date of Enlistment:
October 24, 1914
Age at Enlistment:
21 years 6 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
Height 5ft 7ins. Weight 10st 4lbs. Eyes Blue. Hair Brown. Complexion Medium.
Next of Kin: Mother Julia Briers, John St, Lilydale
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 2nd Reinforcement, 4th Light Horse Regiment.
Embarkation Details: February 1, 1915 on the HMAT a13 Katuna.

Places and dates of service:
1915 May 20: MEF Gallipoli.
1915 December 27: Alexandria.
1916 July 29: Transferred to base Telelkebir.
1916 August 2: re-joined unit at Moascar Egypt.
1917 September 12 to July 15, 1918  Served in unit with the Egyptian Expeditionary Forces.

Service injuries:
1916 April 2: taken to hospital Laryngitis.
1916 June 2: hospital.


Returned to Australia:
July 31, 1919     
Discharge Date:
August 9, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal.
Memorials:
Lilydale State School, Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll.

Family Story:
Albert is the 3rd of 10 children to David and Julia Briers. David was born in Cookstown, County Tyron, Northern Ireland in 1854. He immigrated to Australia with his parents Thomas, Jane and 5 siblings in 1866. Julia was born at Yering in 1864 and married David in 1889 and moved to John Street in 1890.
Albert Oscar Briers was born in 1893. He became an experienced horseman, competed in and won the 1911 Yarra Glen & Hunt point to point Steeplechase on Goolyah on the August 16. Albert worked as a butcher before the outbreak of World War 1.

He and his brother David enlisted, David was killed in France. Albert joined the 2nd Reinforcement 4th Australian Light Horse Regiment on October 24, 1914 departing Melbourne on Australian Transport A13 “Katuna” on February 3, 1915 & returning June 28, 1918. He saw service at Gallipoli, the Suez Canal Zone, Sinai, Beersheba, Jordon Valley, Palestine and Damascus.

On returning to civilian life Albert returned to his trade as a butcher, working with John Gilbert. It was here he met John's daughter Edie Gilbert who was born in 1907. They were married at West Brunswick and moved to Wandin. Four children were born between 1930 – 1948. In 1944 Albert and Edie purchased their first home at 58 John Street which they had rented for 10 years.

Here they settled in both working at David Mitchell’s Cave Hill Quarry. Albert spent many hours tending his extensive vegetable garden. Meanwhile Edie collected menagerie of animals. The three kids took to the move to John St and Julie, John and David sought employment within the town. Albert went on to manage the original Lilydale Swimming pool, when the pool was fed directly from the Olinda Creek. Albert & Edie are both buried at The Lilydale Cemetery. (Gun Alley  - The story of the Backstreets of Lilydale)

For more information go to Gun Alley on this website.




Briers, David, 6964

Photo of David Briers.


Service No:
6964                             
Occupation: Slaughterman
Address:
Deschamps Street, Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
November 3, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
26 years 8 months
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
5 ft 6 in tall, 152 llbs, brown eyes, brown hair, complexion medium
Next of Kin: Wife, Mrs May Briers
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 23R 38 Btn
Embarkation Details: November 23, 1916 embarked from Melbourne on the Hororata

Places and dates of service:
1916 November 23: Embarked from Melbourne
1917 January 29: Disembarked at Portsmouth England
1917 February 27: Continuously ill starting with influenza
1918 November 24: Died of bronchial pneumonia at Abbeville France and is buried in the Abbeville Communal Cemetery France.


Returned to Australia:
N/A     
Discharge Date:
N/A
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:


Family Story:
David’s father, also David arrived in Lilydale and purchased Lot 9 Block 1 of John Hutchinson’s Olinda Estate by December 1886.
He married Julia in 1889. They had 10 children and lived their lives in a house at 49-51 John Street. He operated his blacksmiths shop with George White on the corner of Main Street and William Street East.
His son David, a slaughterman, married Ethel May Lysaght in 1916. He enlisted with the 38th Battalion Australian Infantry October 2nd, 1916. He died at Abbeville France from gassing on November 24, 1918. He left behind a wife Ethel May Briers (nee Lysaght) and a son Stanley, who he never saw. Stanley was born in 1917. ( Gun Alley The Forgotten Story of Lilydale’s Back Streets 1880 to today, LDHS).  Photo of Ethel and Stanley Briers.

For more information go to Gun Alley on this website.




Brooks, D.,

Brown, E.,




Brown, George Stewart 802

Service No:
  802                           
Occupation: Labourer
Address:
Vermont, Melbourne Victoria
Date of Enlistment:
February 3rd 1915
Age at Enlistment:
32 years
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
Height 5feet 4ins, Weight 151lbs, Complexion Fresh, Eyes Brown, Hair Dark Brown.
Next of Kin: Mother Jane Fencham
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: “D” COY 21ST Battalion
Embarkation Details: May 5th 1915 on HMAT Ulysses


Places and dates of service:
1915 August 8th Joined MEF Gallipoli
1915 September 15th Near Modroc
1916 January 7th Alekandois
1916 March 19th Joined BEF
1916 March 26th Marseille.

Service injuries:
1916 August 5: died of wounds in France No 5 Field Ambulance.


Returned to Australia:
Not Applicable
Discharge Date:
Not Applicable
Rank at Discharge:
Private at time of death.
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, 1914/15 Star, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Lilydale War Memorial, Becourt Cemetery France

Family Story:
Not known.


 

Brundell, H.,

Brunning, W.L.,


Buckley, William George, 5059


Service No:
5059                             
Occupation: Lamp Lighter
Address:
Colchester Rd. Kilsyth
Date of Enlistment:
January 31, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
36 years 1 month
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 8in tall, 122 lbs, blue eyes, brown hair, fresh
Next of Kin: Father George Frederick Buckley
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 6th Btn
Embarkation Details: April 1, 1916 from Melbourne on HMAT Suffolk A23.

Places and dates of service:
1916 September 10: France – in the field
1916 December 26: France – sick (bronchitis)
1917 July 1: France – in the field
1918 January10 – July 4: France – sick ( bronchitis)
1918 July 13: France - in the field.
1918 July 28: wounded in action in the field France.
1918 August 25: to the City of London Military Hospital.

Service Injuries:
1918 July 28: wounded in action in the field France - gunshot wound to right leg and left heel.


Returned to Australia:
February 1, 1919 to Melbourne on Nestor     
Discharge Date:
Not listed.
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Kilsyth Memorial Hall Honour Board.

Family Story:
William was born in 1880 in Mordialloc to parents George Frederick Buckley and Elizabeth Miller. Marriage N/A. Brothers – Benjamin, James, Reuben and Frederick, Sisters – Amy and Ruth. He died December 16, 1952 at Heidelberg, aged 73 years.




Bucklin, C.C.B.,



Burns Hugh Matheson, 61363


Service No:
 61363                            
Occupation: Student
Address:
Malvern
Date of Enlistment:
May 13, 1918
Age at Enlistment:
19 years 3 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 11in, 156lbs, brown eyes, black hair, medium complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, Reverend Hugh McLeod Burns (Lilydale Presbyterian Church).
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 11th RFTS Btn
Embarkation Details: August, 1918 Melbourne HMAT Barambah.

Places and dates of service:
1918 October 11: sick (influenza) on board ship (By time of arrival the War was over).
1918 November 14: to London England and to the 14th RFTS Btn.
1918 December 17: London with the 14th Btn.
1919 January 2: sick (tonsillitis) to Dartford Hospital England and transfer to Aust. Army Pay Corp.
1919 August 28: transfer to 4th Btn Sutton Veny England.
1919 September 23: Returned to Australia.

Service injuries: NIL


Returned to Australia:
November 6, 1919 Melbourne on Ascanius.     
Discharge Date:
December 19, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Presbyterian Church of Lilydale Honour Board

Family Story:
Hugh was born January 14, 1899 in Geelong to parents Reverend Hugh McLeod Burns and Mary Edith Lyall.
Reverend Hugh was at Lilydale Presbyterian Church from 1912 until about 1917. They had children James Drummond 1895-1915 KIA WW1, Helen Lyall (b) 1897, Hugh Matheson 1899-1956, Margaret McDonald (b) 1901, Elizabeth Whitecross (b) 1903, Katherine (Kitty) Edith Paton (b) 1905, Mary McLeod (b) 1909, Jean Sutherland (b) 1912.

After the war, Hugh resumed his studies and became a doctor specializing as an anaesthetist. He moved later to Western Australia marrying in 1930, but his wife and family are not known. He died in 1956 in West Australia. Whereabouts unknown.



Burns, James Drummond, 805



Service No:
805                             
Occupation: Student
Address:
Geelong
Date of Enlistment:
February 2nd 1915
Age at Enlistment:
19 years 6 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
Height 5 feet 11 ½ ins, Weight 10st 6lbs, Complexion Dark, Eyes Brown, Hair Black.
Next of Kin: Father: Rev Hugh McLeod Burns
Rank on Enlistment: Corporal
Unit Name: “D” Company 21st Battalion
Embarkation Details: Melbourne, May 8th 1915 on HMAT Ulysses.

Places and dates of service:
1915 September 8: 5th Field Ambulance.
1915 September 18: Killed in Action. He is buried at the Chrapnel Valley Cemetery, Anzac Cove, Gallipoli.


Returned to Australia:
 Not Applicable
Discharge Date:
Not Applicable
Rank at Discharge:
Corporal at time of death.
Honours/Medals:
1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Memorials:
Lilydale War Memorial, Presbyterian Church Honour Board, Shire of Lillydale WW1 Honour Board. Memorial plaque at Lilydale War Memorial & his Poem.

Family Story:
Rev Hugh McLeod Burns, his wife Mary and family came to Lilydale in 1912 as Presbyterian Minister. They lived at the church manse 91 Anderson Street. James was born in 1896 was the oldest child and one of the sons, there were six daughters. James was named after his Grandfather who was a Presbyterian Minister at Hampstead, London. James attended (Scotch College) left school at end of 1914 heaped with honours. He was a prefect at Scotch College in 1913. School vice-captain in 1914, Editor of the Scotch Collegian and member of the 1st rowing crew. He won 1st place in the Shakespeare Society’s Examination gained 1st class honours in history and Latin in 1914.
James won a residential scholarship to Melbourne University’s Ormond College. He appeared to be a young man with a fine future; possibly as a journalist, for JD impressed his teachers and fellow students as a writer and editor. He wrote the poem "For England". It impressed the patriotism that was taught by the school and expected of their students. Rev Hugh McLeod Burns retired from Lilydale Presbyterian church in 1916 due to ill health the year after James Drummond Burns was Killed in Action.


Butcher, Thomas,

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