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Davidson, Nathaniel, no number issued


Service No:
No number issued                            
Occupation: Boundary Rider
Address:
Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
September 29, 1914
Age at Enlistment:
28 years
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 9in tall, 11stn, blue eyes, fair brown hair, fair complexion
Next of Kin: Father, Thomas Davidson
Rank on Enlistment: Not allocated
Unit Name: Not allocated
Embarkation Details: NIL

Places and dates of service:
Nathaniel suffered badly from delusions of persecution, and so the Army had to discharge him before leaving Australia.


Returned to Australia:
Not applicable     
Discharge Date:
April 28 1916, medically unfit due to mental illness, although of good character.
Rank at Discharge:
Not applicable
Honours/Medals:
Nil
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Memorial Honour Board

Family Story:
Nathaniel was born 1886 Lilydale to parents Thomas and Theresa Fox. He had siblings, Edward, John, George, Thomas, Annie and Mary Katherine. He died in Kew in 1946




Davies, Frederick Charles, 774


Service No:
774                   
Occupation: Farmer
Address:
c/o Post Office Kilsyth
Date of Enlistment:
August 17, 1914
Age at Enlistment:
22 years
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 9 1/4in, blue eyes, auburn hair, fresh complexion
Next of Kin: Father John Davies
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 8th Btn
Embarkation Details: October 19, 1914 from Melbourne on HMAT Benalla A24

Places and dates of service:
1915 April 5: to Gallipoli.
1916 June 29: Etaples France.
1917 January 2 to 1918 March 14: in the field France.
Service injuries:
1918 March 14: Killed in Action, in the field France. Buried Nieppe Bois D’Aval British Military Cemetery 3mls S/E of Hoizebrouck France. British Cemetery Vieux-Berqu France memorial panel 52. At the time of his death he had been promoted to Lance Corporal.

Returned to Australia:
  N/A   
Discharge Date:
N/A
Rank at Discharge:
N/A
Honours/Medals:  1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Montrose War Memorial, Montrose State School Honour Board and a tree planted, Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Kilsyth Memorial Hall Honour Board.

Family Story:
Fred was born at Kensington Hill (Collingwood) in 1891 to parents John Davies and Jane Diamond.
He was one of a large family of brothers all of whom served. His brother Isaac also died in 1916. Mrs Davies had lived at “Valley Farm” Kilsyth for some 23 years. He also had a sister Mrs W. Fairbank. [Lilydale Express May 25, 1918]


Davies, George Edward, 6884


Service No:
       6884                      
Occupation: Orchardist
Address:
c/o P.O. Kilsyth
Date of Enlistment:
April 3, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
30 years 11months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 8 1/4in tall, 11stn 5lbs, blue eyes, light brown hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: John Davies
Rank on Enlistment: Driver
Unit Name: 7R 1st & 3rd Co..Division Train
Embarkation Details: September 10, 1915 from Melbourne on HMAT Malakuta

Places and dates of service:
1915 November 21: to Wardian Camp Alexandria Egypt.
1915 December 7: serving with Western Frontier Force at Dabba.
1916 March 25: to Marseilles France.
1916 June 10: in the field France.
1917 April 20: in the field France - promoted to Farrier Private.
1918 November 1: in the field France - promoted to Farrier Corporal.



Returned to Australia:
 May 22, 1919: to Melbourne on HT Trasos Montes.    
Discharge Date:
July 15, 1919.
Rank at Discharge:
Farrier Corporal
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, 1 large Oak Leaf Bar and 1 small Oak Leaf Bar (mentioned in despatches July 1919)
Memorials:
Montrose War Memorial, Montrose State School Honour Board, Kilsyth Memorial Hall Honour Board, Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll.

Family Story:
George was born in 1884 in North Melbourne, to parents John Davies and Jane Diamond. In 1919 John and Jane were living at “Valley Farm” Kilsyth. George married in 1920 to Ethel May Dunstone, family not known. George died 1971 (Glen ?) aged 87 years. [Vic.Death Reg.]
Ethel died at Donvale in 1974.
Three of his brothers also served in this war – Frederick Charles (774) KIA 1918, Robert Daniel (5006) and Isaac David (2366) KIA 1916.

 

Davies, Isaac David, 2366


Service No:
       2366                      
Occupation: Engine Driver
Address:
Geraldton W.Aust. and Kilsyth
Date of Enlistment:
July 28, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
38 Years
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
6ft tall, 198 lbs, hazel eyes, brown hair, fair
Next of Kin: Wife Mary Elizabeth Davies
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 28th Btn
Embarkation Details: October 13, 1915 from Freemantle W.Australia on HMAT Themistocles A32.

Places and dates of service:
1916 March 21: to France.
1916 July: reported missing in action.
1916 July 29: Killed in Action



Returned to Australia:
N/A
Discharge Date:
N/A
Rank at Discharge:
N/A
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Kilsyth Memorial Hall Honour Board

Family Story:
Isaac was born 1877 Dunolly near Maryborough, to parents John Davies and Jane Diamond. He had a son from 1st marriage (details unknown) who was raised by Isaac's mother Jane Davies.
He married (2nd) Mary Elizabeth possibly in Western Australia.
Three of his brothers also served in this war, Frederick Charles (774) KIA 1918, George Edward (6884) and Robert Daniel (5006).


Davies, Robert Daniel, 5006

Service No:
5006                             
Occupation: Farmer
Address:
c/o P.O Kilsyth
Date of Enlistment:
December 3, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
25 years 11 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 7 ¾in tall, 167 1/2lbs, blue eyes, auburn hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Father John Davies
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 24th Btn
Embarkation Details: July 28, 1916 Melbourne on HMAT Themistocles A32


Places and dates of service:
1916 March 18: Broadmeadows camp – transferred to Military Police.
1916 November 13: to Etaples France.
1917 to 1918: in the field France.
1918 October 17: to Dover and then London England.
1918 December 12: Returned to Australia.

Returned to Australia:
January 15, 1919 to Melbourne on HT Somerset    
Discharge Date:
Not Available.
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Montrose War Memorial, Montrose State School Memorial Board, Kilsyth Memorial Hall Honour Board, Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll.

Family Story:
Robert was born 28 January 1889 at South Kensington to parents John Davies and Jane Diamond.
In 1920 he married Rose Douglas, family is not known. Robert died June 1959 at Boronia and was cremated 23 June 1959 at Springvale. Rose died 1977 at Boronia. Three of Robert’s brothers also served in this war: Frederick Charles (774), George Edward (6884), and Isaac David (2366), Fred and Isaac were both killed in action.



 
Davis, G.C.,

 

Dennis, Cyril James, 6986


Service No:
6986                             
Occupation: Farmer/grazier
Address:
“The Oaks” Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
September 5, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
28 years
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 7½in tall, 154 lbs, blue eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Mother, Matilda Dennis
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 2nd Training Btn
Embarkation Details: November 23, 1916 Melbourne on Hororata.

Places and dates of service:
1917 January 29: to Plymouth England.
1917 May 12: to France.
1917 September 21: Wounded in the field France.
1917 September 22: to Rouen Hospital France.
1917 September 26: to Bath War Hospital England.
1917 December 14: to Tidworth England.
1918 January 10: Returned to Australia.

Service injuries:
1917 September 21: gunshot wound to the right thigh and arm (severe.)


Returned to Australia:
March 3, 1918: Melbourne on HT Corinthic.     
Discharge Date:
April 18, 1918.
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, St John’s Church of England Lilydale Honour Board.

Family Story:
Cyril was born 1888 in Colac to parents John and Matilda Dennis. He had siblings – Norma Evelyn Emma (b) 1885 and Ethel (b) 1887 both at Colac. John died in 1904 and was buried at Lilydale Cemetery July 6, 1904 (CE2 -19/20) and Matilda died in 1922 and was buried September 1922 with John.

Cyril married Hilda Elaine Syme in 1923 , born in 1898 to Lilydale doctor, Arthur Edward Syme and Amy Horne.
After their marriage the couple took up Soldier Settlement Land – Nambrok Denison Irrigation area 20/26 near Sale.

Cyril died on the August 17, 1955 in Sale aged 67 years and was cremated at Springvale Cemetery. Hilda died at Heyfield 1972 aged 74years and was also cremated and interred at Springvale on May22, 1972. (Army Service records and BDM)




Deplin, J.,



Deppeler, Walter, 6003



Service No:
6003                             
Occupation: Labourer
Address:
Gruyere
Date of Enlistment:
April 15, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
34 years 8 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 5½in tall, 148lbs, blue eyes, black hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Brother John Deppeler
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 7th Btn.
Embarkation Details: July 28, 1916 Melbourne on HMAT Themistocles A32

Places and dates of service:
1916 September 23: to England and transferred to 37th Btn.
1916 November 23: to France.
1917 June 7: wounded in the field France.
1917 June 8: to hospital in Etaples France.
1917 June 15: to England, Lewisham Military Hospital .
1917 December : Returned to Australia.
 
Service injuries:
1917 June 7: Gunshot wound to left knee (severe) in the field France.
 Returned to Australia:1918 February 13: Melbourne on HT Runic A54 (returned home for medical attention for wound received).


Returned to Australia:
1918 February 13, 1918 returned home to Melbourne for medical attention for wound received on the HT Runic A54.
     
Discharge Date:
June 12, 1918.
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Gruyere South State School Memorial Board.

NOTE: The Gruyere South State School memoiral Board and the Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll spell his name as Deppler not Deppeler.
Family Story:
Walter was born 1882 in Wandin, parent’s names not known. His next of kin was a brother John as both parents were deceased. There were 2 other brothers and a sister Mrs James Rose. He was a farmer at Gruyere and did not marry. Walter died in 1952 and was buried in Lilydale Cemetery February 27, 1952 (4609) LLC CE3.


 

Deschamp, Florian, 6317

Service No:
 6317                            
Occupation: Grazier
Address:
Pine Grove Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
October 18, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
30 years 9 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 6in tall, 116lbs, hazel eyes, black hair, medium complexion.
Next of Kin: Mother Anna Marguerite Deschamp
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 22nd Btn
Embarkation Details: November 23, 1916 Melbourne on HMAT Hororata A20

Places and dates of service:
1917 January 31: to England ( Larkhill for training).
1917 May 14: to France.
1918 to 1919: in the field France
 
Service injuries:
1918 July 23: Gassed in the field France.


Returned to Australia:
 September 5, 1919 arrived in Melbourne on HT Chemitz  
Discharge Date:
February 29, 1920.
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, St.John’s Church of England Lilydale Roll of Honour.

Family Story:
Florian was born in 1886 Lilydale to parents Louis Auguste Deschamp and Anna Marguerite Vuillemin. Anna was the 2nd wife of Auguste, both born in Switzerland, where the Deschamp family originally came from, being a very early Lilydale viticulturist family with several vineyards. Florian was a farmer, sculptor and artist and never married. He died in Queensland in the late 1940s. [LDHS archives]



Dick, Archibald Spalding, 211



Service No:
211                             
Occupation: Miner
Address:
Sydney NSW
Date of Enlistment:
February, 28 1915
Age at Enlistment:
21 years 8 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 4 ¼ in tall, 140 lbs, grey eyes, brown hair, dark complexion.
Next of Kin: Mother, Jessie Jane Dick of West Warburton Vic.
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 18th Btn
Embarkation Details: June 25, 1915 Sydney on HMAT Ceramic A40

Places and dates of service:
1915 August 16: to Gallipoli.
1915 August 27: wounded at Gallipoli – to Mudros field hospital Lemnos.
1915 August 30: to England.
1915 September 16: to Fulham Military Hospital England.
1916 October 30: appointed Lance Corporal, Perham Downs Salisbury England.
1916 December 29: to Etaples France.
1917 July 15: appointed Corporal.
1917 September 29: promoted to Sergeant in the field France/Belgium.
1917 October 5: KIA Belgium.

Service injuries:
1915 August 27: wounded at Gallipoli, shell wound to head, thigh, buttocks, R shoulder and L foot.
1917 October 5: Killed in Action in the field- shell wound, Belgium.
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres Belgium, part 6 (Australians A-D)


Returned to Australia:
 Not applicable    
Discharge Date:
Not applicable
Rank at Discharge:
Sergeant at time of his death.
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque and Scroll.
Memorials:
Memorial Headstone at Lilydale Cemetery.

Family Story:
Archie was born 1894 in Wandong near Kilmore to parents Alexander Dick and Jessie Jane Simpson. He was 21 year old miner in Sydney NSW when he enlisted at Liverpool in 1915. His brother John enlisted in Melbourne only  two months prior to Archie. Both were Killed in Action and their names are on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres Belgium. Archie October 5, 1917 (211) John October 4, 1917 (1620) The family erected a memorial headstone at Lilydale Cemetery to both brothers.





Dick, John, 1620


Service No:
1620                             
Occupation: Labourer
Address:
West Warburton
Date of Enlistment:
December 14, 1914
Age at Enlistment:
23 years 1 month
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 7in tall, 11stn 10lbs, blue eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion
Next of Kin: Father, Alexander Dick
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 6th Btn.
Embarkation Details: February 19, 1915 Melbourne on HMAT Runic A54

Places and dates of service:
1915 April 30: to Gallipoli.
1915 May 8: wounded at Gallipoli.
1915 May 19: to Dardanelles and Mudros 2nd Aust. Hospital (Lemnos).
1915 September 19: sick (enteritis) Mudros Lemnos.
1915 December 3: to 2nd General Australian Hospital Cairo Egypt.
1915 December 28: to Ghezireh Egypt.
1916 January 7: to Kel-el-Kebir Egypt.
1916 January 15: attached to 1st Div. Mil. Police.
1916 March 9: to 6th BTN. for duty with 1st Australian Div. Mil. Police.
1916 March 30: to Marseilles France.
1916 October 19: injured in the field France.
1916 November 8: to Middlesex Hospital England.
1916 December 7: to Perham Downs England (leave).
1917 February to April 5: in England.
1917 April 6: to Etaples France.
1917 October 4: reported Missing in Action in the field Belgium. Court of Enquiry 1917 November 28 found he was Killed in Action.

Service injuries:
1916 October 19: Fractured R Wrist in the field France.
1917 October 4: K I A In the field Belgium, Memorial at Menin Gate Ypres Belgium part 6 (Australian A-D)


Returned to Australia:
Not applicable     
Discharge Date:
Not applicable
Rank at Discharge:
Private at time of death.
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Memorial Headstone at Lilydale Cemetery

Family Story:
John known as Jack was born 1891 Lilydale to parents Alexander Dick and Jessie Jane Simpson. He was 23 years of age when he enlisted in Melbourne 2 months to his brother Archie. Both were Killed in Action within a day of each other. Archie October 5, 1917 (211) and Jack on October 4, 1917 (1620). Their names are on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres in Belgium.

Their family erected a Memorial Headstone at Lilydale Cemetery to both brothers.



Dickens, Willliam John, MC 548 and VX 114291


Service No:
548 also VX 114291 (WW2)                   
Occupation: Farmer
Address:
 -
Date of Enlistment:
March 3, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
22 years 5 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 7inch tall, 155lbs, brown eyes, dark hair, dark complexion
Next of Kin: Mr Edward Joseph Dickens, Elbow Hill Cowell S.A.
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 27th Btn
Embarkation Details: May 31, 1915 Adelaide S.A. on Transport Geelong

Places and dates of service:
1915: to Gallipoli Turkey.
1915 October 21: Promoted to Provisional Corporal Gallipoli.
1915 November 7: to Alexandria Egypt.
1916 January 11: Promoted to Provl. Sergeant Tel-el-kebir Egypt.
1916 March 4: Promoted to Sergeant Ismailia Egypt.
1916 March 21: to Marseilles France.
1916 April 15: Gunshot wound to right hand – in action in France.
1916 December 21: Awarded the Military Cross in France.
1917 January 18: Promoted to Lieutenant in France.
1917 July 27: to Aldershot England for training.
1918 February 5: to Havre France.
1918 May 23: wounded (2nd) in France - remained on duty.
1918 October 1: Lieutenant attached to Australian Corps School as instructor in France.
1919 April 26: to Folkestone England.

Citation for Military Cross:
‘For conspicuous gallantry in action, he, with a portion of his company, entered an enemy’s trench and held it for twenty-four hours against several desperate counter-attacks. He set a fine example of courage and determination throughout.’

Service Injuries:
1916 April 15: Gunshot wound to right hand – in action in France.
1918 May 23: wounded in France - remained on duty.

Returned to Australia:
August 16, 1919 on HT Wiltshire     
Discharge Date:
October 17, 1919 in Adelaide S.A
Rank at Discharge:
Lieutenant
Honours/Medals:
Military Cross, 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Silvan Roll of Honour.

Family Story:
Family Story: William was born on 26th October 1893 in Mount Browne New South Wales parents unknown. He married on returning home to Jean Emily Dickens He had a brother Edward Joseph and another Mr S. E. Dickens, both living in South Australia. In 1939 Bill and Jean were living and farming in Yarra Glen, when they lost their home and all belongings in the bush fires on 13th January 1939. They then moved to Symons Street Healesville. He served in World War 2 (1939-1945) Service No. VX 114291 By 1952 he was living in Allan St. Kyabram and was a Lieutenant Colonel retired. He died Major W. J. Dickens in 1976 Barmera, South Australia where he was currently living.


 

Donleavey, James McCrossin, 346


Service No:
346                             
Occupation: Farmer
Address:
Gruyere Post Office
Date of Enlistment:
September 11, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
50 years 8 months
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
5ft 8in tall, 12stn, brown eyes, dark hair, fresh complexion
Next of Kin: Wife Mrs Isabella E Donleavey
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 2nd Squadron 1st Remount Unit
Embarkation Details: November 12, 1915 Melbourne on HMAT Orsova

Places and dates of service:
1915 November 12: Promoted to Lance Corporal at sea
1916 April 4: to Tel-el-Kebir Egypt
1916 June : to Marseilles France
1917 January 25: transferred to 3rd Army Coy. France
1917 September 17: to England (sick kidney problems)


Returned to Australia:
November 1, 1917 Melbourne on A68 Anchises for medical treatment.    
Discharge Date:
February 20, 1918
Rank at Discharge:
Lance Corporal
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal,
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Coldstream War Memorial and Gruyere South State School Honour Roll.

Family Story:
James was born in 1865 in Armidale NSW, parents not known. He was a farmer and was married to Isabella and was a veteran of the Boer War – 1899-1902 Serving in the 3 contingent for 2 years. He played cricket for Mooroolbark and Coldstream and was a very respected member of the community. He died in hospital in Melbourne March, 3 1943 following a stroke, and his funeral was held in Ballarat.




Dorrington, Charles Basil, 2543


Service No:
2543                             
Occupation: Hair Drafting
Address:
10 Shamrock St. West Brunswick
Date of Enlistment:
June 14, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
18 years 10 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 7in tall, 144lbs, brown eyes, dark brown hair, florid complexion.
Next of Kin: Mrs Caroline Margaret Dorrington
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 3rd Australian Pioneers
Embarkation Details: October 21, 1916 Melbourne on HMAT Port Melbourne.

Places and dates of service:
1916 December 28: to Plymouth England.
1917 May 5: to Etaples France.
1917 December 8: to Belgium - in the field.
1918 February 9: Killed in Action – in the field, Belgium, He was buried in the Rosenberg Chateau Cemetery plot at Ploegstert Belgium.
The whole cemetery was exhumed July 7, 1930 at the request of the Chateau owners, and the soldiers were re-interned at Berks Cemetery Extension Belgium. Memorial panel 173.


Returned to Australia:
Not Applicable
Discharge Date:
Not Apprlicable
Rank at Discharge:
Private at time of death.
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal, 2 Blue Chevrons
Memorials:
Montrose State School Honour Board and a tree planted in his honour.

Family Story:
Charles was born 1899 Williamstown to parents Charles Wing Egerton Dorrington and Caroline Margaret Pitt.



 

Douglas, Arthur Albert, 3145


Service No:
3145                             
Occupation: Farmer
Address:
Seville
Date of Enlistment:
February 22, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
21 years 11 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 7in tall, 10stn, blue eyes, brown hair, fair
Next of Kin: Father Arthur Douglas
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 6th Field Ambulance
Embarkation Details: June 4, 1915 Melbourne on HMAT Ajana A31

Places and dates of service:
1915 August 30: to Gallipoli.
1915 October 10: Gunshot wound to shoulder at Gallipoli.
1915 December 7: wounded and sent to hospital in Malta.
1915 December 25: Died of wounds and pneumonia in Cottmera Hospital Malta. He is buried at Pieta Cemetery in Malta row C grave 4.


Returned to Australia:
Not Applicable    
Discharge Date:
Not Applicable
Rank at Discharge:
Private at time of his death.
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Seville Honour Board

Family Story:
Arthur was born 1893 in Hawksburn (South Yarra) to parents Arthur Douglas and Catherine Woodham. He died in Malta after being shot at Gallipoli, aged 22 years


 
Drummond, S.,


 

Duck, Harry Robert, 58191


Service No:
58191                             
Occupation: Farm Labourer
Address:
Seville
Date of Enlistment:
November 10, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
28 years 2months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 8inch tall, blue eyes, dark brown hair, fresh complexion
Next of Kin: Father Thomas Duck
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: Not allocated
Embarkation Details: Did not leave Australia

Places and dates of service:
1917 December 8: Chronic gastritis and tachycardia, measles at Seymour camp.
1917 December 29: sent to Military Rest Camp McLeod (Melbourne) - no improvement.
1917 April 25: Discharged due to illness.


Returned to Australia:
 Not Applicable   
Discharge Date:
April 25, 1917
Rank at Discharge:
Not Applicable
Honours/Medals:
N/A
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Memorial Honour Board

Family Story:
Harry was born September 7, 1889 in Seville to Thomas Duck and Mary Jane Albury, they had twelve children, 6 girls and 6 boys, Harry being the youngest boy. In 1916 he married Louisa Berry and had 3 children Maisie, Alwyn and Anne, he married a further two times to May Alway, and later Anne (Emery) Peet.




Duffy, Frank, 3370


Service No:
3370                             
Occupation: Blacksmith
Address:
Subiaco W.Australia / Lilydale Vic.
Date of Enlistment:
April 7, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
24 years
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
5ft 8½in tall, brown eyes, dark hair, dark complexion.
Next of Kin: Wife - Emily Duffy
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 51st Btn.
Embarkation Details: January 29, 1917: Fremantle W.A on Miltiades A28.

Places and dates of service:
1917 March 27: to England , Devonport.
1917 July 21: to France.
1918 April 3: In the field France.
1918 September 3: Appointed to Lance Corporal in France.

Service injuries: Nil

Returned to Australia:
1919 July 4 on HT Konig Luise     
Discharge Date:
August 2, 1919.
Rank at Discharge:
Lance Corporal.
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Memorials:
W. A.

Family Story:
Frank was born in 1874 in Yering, Lilydale to parents Frank and Catherine Duffy. (information V.Sheehan in the LHS records)
On his Service Record he states that he was born in 1882. His brothers William (6260) and John (Patrick) 4315 also both served in WW1.



 

Duffy, (Patrick) John, 4315


Service No:
4315                             
Occupation: Woodcutter/ Miner
Address:
Westonia Western Australia
Date of Enlistment:
March 15, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
44 years 1 month
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 11in tall, blue eyes, fair hair, fresh complexion
Next of Kin: Brother William Duffy
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 6th Tunnelling Coy.
Embarkation Details: June 1, 1916 Fremantle W.A on HMAT Warilda A69

Places and dates of service:
1916 January 16: Promoted to Driver (prior to embarkation)
1916 July 1: Promoted to Sapper (on-board ship)
1916 July 18: to Plymouth England
1916 August 28: to France
1917 September 5: wounded in action in France (gassed)
1917 October 28: to Rouelles Hospital France 1
918 January 22-23: to England Birmingham Hospital.


Returned to Australia:
May 13, 1918: on Kenilworth Castle     
Discharge Date:
May 30, 1918
Rank at Discharge:
Sapper
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll

Family Story:
John was born Patrick John February 5, 1870 at Yering (Lilydale) to parents Michael and Ellen Duffy, both deceased. (Family history in files)
John gave his age in service records as born 1872. His brother William Thomas Duffy Service No. 6260 also served.
Family records state that John married Mrs Anna Roach (widow) 1916 in Melbourne (8 children) but there no history of why he went to West Australia, although he had two brothers over there, William Thomas and a Michael. A Patrick John died January 30, 1944 Northam West Australia (family history)




Duffy, William Thomas 6260


Service No:
6260                            
Occupation: Labourer
Address:
Kalgoorlie Western Australia
Date of Enlistment:
March 25, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
33 years
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 11 ½ in tall, blue eyes, fair hair, fair complexion
Next of Kin: Brothers John and Michael Duffy
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 11th Field Btn
Embarkation Details: September 18, 1916 from Fremantle W.A on HMAT Clan Mc Gillivray

Places and dates of service:
1916 December 2: to Folkestone England.
1916 December 18: to Etaples France.
1917 January 17: France in the field.
1917 April 9 : Killed in Action in the field France on the Somme, grave unknown. His name is on the Villers Bretoneux Memorial in France. Panel 62.

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

Family Story:
William Thomas Duffy was born February 15, 1880 Mooroolbark (family notes) but  c1883 Ringwood on his army papers.
His parents were Michael and Ellen both deceased.
He had brothers Patrick John (known as John), and Michael, John served also No.4315.
At the time of his enlistment, William was working in the West with the railways.




 

Duncan, Alexander, 6643


Service No:
6643                             
Occupation: Labourer
Address:
Clark St. Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
September 11, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
31years 11months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 4in tall, 126lbs, blue eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Aunt, Mrs Sarah Ray
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 14th Btn.
Embarkation Details: October 2, 1916 Melbourne on HMAT Nestor A71

Places and dates of service:
1916 November 16: to Codford England.
1917 March 14: to Etaples France.
1917 October 19: wounded in the field France/ to hospital Etaples France.
1918 March 5: to France.
1918 September 17: Promoted to Lance Corporal in France.
1918 November 5: sick (influenza).
1918 November 18: promoted to Corporal

Service injuries:
1917 October 19: wounded in the field in France, Burnt right hand and fingers.

Returned to Australia:
March 2, 1919 on SS City of Exeter.     
Discharge Date:
April 9, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Corporal
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Memorials:
St Johns Church of England, Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll.

Family Story:
Alex was born 1885 (Nov.?) in Tayport Dundee Scotland, parents unknown and deceased. He lived with his Aunt, Mrs Sarah Ray in Clark Street Lilydale.




Duncan, Edward Arthur, 3800


Service No:
3800                             
Occupation: Hotel Keeper (Lilydale Hotel)
Address:
Wandiligong Victoria
Date of Enlistment:
June 30, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
37 years 9 months
Marital Status:
Married to Agnes Duncan
Physical Description:
5 ft 10ins, weight 11stone, complexion fresh, eyes grey, hair dark brown
Next of Kin: Wife Agnes Duncan Parents Edward & Margaret Duncan.
Rank on Enlistment: Sargent
Unit Name: 6th Australian Machine Gun Battalion
Embarkation Details: From Melbourne on February 8, 1916 on HMAT Warilda.

Places and dates of service:
Had previously served in Boer War.

1916, March 23: Arrived in Marseilles.
1916 August 12: Joined unit as Rfts, placed on supernumerary list awaiting absorption.
1916 July 4: Reverts to Private.
1916 October 10: Taken on 6th AMG Coy from Super list.
1917, May 4: Promoted to Corporal.
1917 June 24: Appointed EDP Corporal at 2nd Aust. Div. Base Depot.
1917 July 13: Promoted to Sgt.
1917 September 26: Killed in Action in Belgium and is buried at Perth Cemetery China Wall Zillebeke, one and half miles from Ypres.


Returned to Australia:
Not Applicable   
Discharge Date:
Not Applicable
Rank at Discharge:
Sergeant at time of death.
Honours/Medals:
1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Memorials:
Lilydale War Memorial, Church of England, Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll.

Family Story:
Edward Duncan was born in 1877 at Wandiligong (near Bright) to parents Edward Wallace Duncan and Margaret Johnson. They came to Australia from Liverpool in 1856. He had siblings: Julia Harriet b.d.1874, James Thomas 1875-1952, George Frederick 1879-1937, and Francis Wallace 1882- Edward was educated at Caulfield Grammar School.
He was one of the many who went through the first gold rush to the Klondyke in Canada. He was also successful in some mining ventures, going to New Guinea with a prospecting party, and being in danger of getting killed by the natives.

He saw service in the Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa, where he received a Distinguished Service Medal for gallant service. (Argus July 22, 1901) Returning home from the war Edward was to manage his father’s estate in Wandiligong for a time, then from 1908-1912 he worked as an engine driver. In 1909 he married Agnes Mary Wallace at Wandiligong, Mary was born in 1874 at Growler’s Creek near Wandiligong.

They had two sons born at Wandiligong, Wallace in 1910 and Neil in 1911. They both attended Lilydale Primary School. In 1913 the family moved to Lilydale and Edward purchased the Lilydale Hotel, he was now listed as a Licensed Victualler. This was where Euphemia was born in 1913 and then Albert Edward (John) in 1915.

Edward took an active part in politics, and contested the Evelyn seat at the 1914-15 State Elections, in the Labour interests. He was also a cousin of Mr T. E. Harrison, JP, Manager of the Colonial Bank, Lilydale. When Edward enlisted for WW1 in 1915 and served in the 6th Machine Gun Company, he was aged 38 years, married with four children and attended the Lilydale Church of England.

Agnes went to Wangaratta to be with her sister when her husband Mr H.P Richards JP, died from heart trouble. It was while she was there that she learnt that Edward had lost his life September 26,1917 in Belgium. (Obituary Lilydale Express October 12, 1917)

After his death Agnes moved to Malvern East, but she ownership of the hotel until 1922 when she sold it to the Connelly family. Agnes died in 1958 at Sandford (near Casterton).
 

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