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McAleese, H.M., 38234

McCall, D.,

McCall, R.,


McCarthy, Thomas, also known as Thomas Scales 3733


Service No:
3733                             
Occupation: Grocer
Address:
Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
December 10, 1917
Age at Enlistment:
21 years and 11 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
At enlistment Thomas was 5' 4 ¾", weighing 134 lbs, with black hair, grey eyes and fresh complexion. However in 1919 he was recorded as 5' 7" with blue eyes.
Next of Kin: Parents whereabouts unknown' and a friend was given as next of kin – George scales of Anderson St, Lilydale. Mrs N. Scales was later noted as 'legatee'.
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 10/57th Battalion
Embarkation Details: Thomas embarked at Melbourne on February 28, 1918 on the Nestor

Places and dates of service:
1918 April 20, disembarked Liverpool.
1918 April 20 – 1918 August 25, 14th Training Battalion, Codford.
1919 January 31 – 1919 February 14, Hurdcott.


Service injuries:Hospitalised with hernia and cartilage problems.



Returned to Australia:
August 20, 1919 on the Frankfurt.     
Discharge Date:

Rank at Discharge:

Honours/Medals:
British War Medal; Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Roll of Honour as McCarthy, T. St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Lilydale Honour Roll as Scales, T. Lilydale State School Honour Roll as Scales, T.

Family Story:
Thomas was born at Lilydale on December 12, 1895.
He signed a Statutory Declaration as McCarthy, about his birth date and name; however in 1917 the Government Statist claims indexes had been searched from 1894-1898 with no record of his birth found.

Attached to the Service Records of Thomas McCarthy is an application for enlistment dated November 10, 1917 at Flinders, in the name of Thomas Scales, grocer, with a postal address of Lilydale.
The Lilydale Progress Association congratulated Private T. Scales as a departing soldier. (Lilydale Express February 22, 1918).

T. Scales is noted as being on the Lilydale State School Honour Roll (Lilydale Express May 3, 1918).  On October 16, 1919, T. McCarthy was admitted to Lilydale RSL as a transfer member. On March 25, 1920. The RSL minutes record him as acquiring one of the available 'suit lengths'. However Minutes of a month before, in another hand, February 12, 1920 list T. Scales as a financial member.

It seems the Lilydale community knew Thomas as Scales because he lived with them but he was born McCarthy.

An Ancestry search finds the Lilydale Cemetery grave of Joseph and Nellie Black (nee Scales). An Ancientfaces.com search finds and Alfred Thomas Scales born 1869 at Lilydale to George and Mary Scales (nee Twogood).



McCay, Hugh Finlay, 34182



Service No:
34182                             
Occupation: Farmer
Address:
Not given
Date of Enlistment:
December 23, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
19 years and 1 month
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
At enlistment Hugh was 5' 9", weighing 123 lbs, with brown hair, brown eyes and fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Hugh McCay, Royal Mint, Vic., also Silvan - father
Rank on Enlistment: Gunner
Unit Name: 12/21 F. A. Brigade
Embarkation Details: Hugh embarked at Melbourne on May 11, 1917 on the Ascanius [also written Arcania]

Places and dates of service:
1917 September 16, ARTY March Reinforcemets.
1917 September 17, Gunner 12th FA Brigade.
1917 September 11- 1918 August 23, France and Belgium.
1919 March 3, discharged as invalid.

Service injuries:
1918 August 30, gassed in France, hospitalised at Devonport England.




Returned to Australia:
February 8, 1919 on the Somali.      
Discharge Date:
Not given
Rank at Discharge:
Gunner
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal; Victory Medal
Memorials:
Silvan Roll of Honour – F. McCay; Shire of Lillydale Roll of Honour – F. McCay.

Family Story:
Hugh was born at Kew in 1897 to J. Hugh McCay and Nellie McCay. They signed his consent form for enlistment in a letter addressed from 24 Victoria St, Brighton. Hugh was Presbyterian. [No further information found]




 

McClure, J.,


McComas, Charles Francis, 6


Service No:
6  (Navy)                          
Occupation: Regimental Band Master
Address:
Surrey Hills
Date of Enlistment:
July 21, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
29 years 6 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 6¾ in tall, 10 stone, blue eyes, light brown hair, medium
Next of Kin: Father Alfred Ernest McComas
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 32nd Btn.
Embarkation Details: November 10, 1915 at Melbourne on HMAT Ascurius

Places and dates of service:
1915 December 7: to Suez Egypt.
1916 June 16: to Alexandria Egypt.
1916 June 23: to Marseilles France.
1917 June 1: attached to 8th Btn. Hd.Qrs (band duty).
1918 March 2: in the field France.
1918 August 11: Rouen Hospital (appendicitis) France.
1918 October 11: in the field France.
1919 March 26: sick (gastritis) France.
1919 May 12: to Weymouth England.

Service injuries: NIL


Returned to Australia:
August 20, 1919: to Melbourne on HMAT Port Melbourne     
Discharge Date:
November 8, 1919.
Rank at Discharge:
Sergeant
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Memorials:
Montrose State School Honour Board, Shire of Lillydale Honour Board.

Family Story:
Charlie was born in 1886 in Albert Park to parents Alfred Ernest McComas and Jeanie Martin Brooke. In 1920 he married Anne Jane Knox, family is not known. His brother Robert served in the Navy (2720), and his sister was Mrs. Edith Ewan. His date and place of death is unknown, Anne died in 1985.




McComas, Robert, 2720



Service No:
2720 (Navy)                             
Occupation: Bugler
Address:
“Pinehill” Montrose
Date of Enlistment:
February 18, 1913
Age at Enlistment:
17 years 10 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
Not given.
Next of Kin: Father Alfred Ernest McComas
Rank on Enlistment: Able Seaman
Unit Name: Royal Australian Navy
Embarkation Details: Not known

Places and dates of service:
1913-1920 Enlisted for 7 years.
1913 July 1: HMAS “Sydney” (4 years).
1914 November 9: “Sydney” destroyed/captured German raider “Emden”.
1916 April 19: Good Conduct Badge (1st).
1917 July 19: HMAS “Cerberus”.

Service injuries: NIL




Returned to Australia:
Not known     
Discharge Date:
February 19, 1920 Williamstown
Rank at Discharge:
Petty Officer
Honours/Medals:
Not known
Memorials:
Not known

Family Story:
Robert was born at Montrose April 19,1895 to parents Alfred Ernest McComas and Jeanie Martin Brooke. He had a sister Edith (Mrs) Ewan and a brother Charles Frances, also in the Navy. In 1921 he married Mabel Edith Shepherd – family N/A. Robert died in 1963 aged 68 years, and Mabel died 1931 at Ivanhoe aged 41years.





McConachy, A.,

McCristal, Michael Patrick, 620


Service No:
620                             
Occupation: Railway Employee
Address:
Lilydale / Mont Albert
Date of Enlistment:
September 29, 1914.
Age at Enlistment:
25 years 6 months.
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 9 ½ in tall, 143 lbs, blue eyes, fair hair, fair complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, J. McCristal
Rank on Enlistment: Sapper
Unit Name: 3rd Light Horse
Embarkation Details: February 19, 1915 Melbourne on HMAT Runic A54.

Places and dates of service:
1915 August: at Gallipoli.
1915 October 19: to Alexandria Egypt.
1915 December 26: to Heliopolis Lebanon.
1916 April 3: transfer to 1st Anzac Signal Squadron Serapeum Egypt.
1916 April 23: to Romani Suez Canal.
1916 August 3-5: Battle of Romani Suez Canal Egypt.
1917 June 22; promoted to Lance Corporal in the Middle East / Australian Pack Wireless Section Desert Corp.
1918 June 3: to Gaza Palestine.
1917 September promoted to 2nd Corporal Moascar Egypt.
1918 August 14: to Port Said Egypt.
1919 May 1: to England.
1919 November 15: Returned to Australia.

Service injuries: NIL


Returned to Australia:
January 4, 1920: Melbourne on Ypiringa.     
Discharge Date:
February 22, 1920
Rank at Discharge:
2nd Corporal
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Memorial Honour Board.

Family Story:
Michael was born in Murrindini (near Yea) in 1889, to a Mr J. McCristal He was a railway employee and at the time of enlistment in 1914 he was a porter at Sea Lake. He was one of the longest serving servicemen having ticked up 1977 days during WW1.

In 1920 he married Alice Wood, no family is known.
Between 1922 and 1927 he was at Corangamite and Winchelsea railway.
In 1929 he was Station Master at Armytage.
In 1936 at Taradale and Bendigo stations, and 1949-1954 Moonee Ponds. (Electoral rolls)

In 1967 Michael was living 16 Bleazley St., Bentleigh (army papers) It is not known when he died or where he is buried.






McCullum, J.,



McGhee, John Robert Clive, 21516


Service No:
21516                             
Occupation: Telegraph Messenger.
Address:
'Belmont' Main St, Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
November 16, 1917
Age at Enlistment:
18 years and 6 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
John was 5' 7" weighing 148 lbs, with brown hair, hazel eyes and fresh complexion
Next of Kin: John McGhee, 'Belmont' Main St, Lilydale - father.
Rank on Enlistment: Sapper
Unit Name: 3rd Division Signals
Embarkation Details: :John embarked at Melbourne on February 28, 1918 on the Nestor.

Places and dates of service:
1918 April 20- 1918 June 4, England.
1918 June 5, 3rd Division Signal Company, France.
1918 September 6, Appointed driver, France.
1919 September 5, Embarked for Australia

Service Injuries: NIL


Returned to Australia:
1919 October 25 on the Plassy     
Discharge Date:
Not known
Rank at Discharge:
Not known
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal; Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll

Family Story:
John Robert was born March 31, 1899 at Mooroolbark to John and Alice Matilda McGhee, nee Munday.

Alice was the second wife of John sen., as first wife Janet Paul (b.1858) died in 1890.

John Robert McGhee was a Presbyterian. He married Eunice Patterson and they had Jeffrey, b.1941, Roger b.1943, and Malcolm b.1945.

The Back to Lilydale Reunion book tells us that at the residence of father John McGhee sen., George White and David Briers carried on an extensive blacksmith's & wheelwrights establishment in 1880 and for 20 years after. (Lilydale Express October 19, 1917 p16 ).

On Monday last, J. McGhee, employed in the Lilydale Post Office, enlisted for active service abroad in the artillery. Young McGhee has just turned 18 years and has been granted his parents consent. He is a son of Councillor John McGhee of Lilydale who has taken an active part in recruiting. Councillor John McGhee was also part of the community push for a war memorial for Lilydale. A public meeting was held in June 1918. (Lilydale Express June 14, 1918.

John Robert McGhee's Victory Medal was sent to him at 15 Church St Canterbury in 1934. He died at Canterbury, Victoria c.1984, and is buried at Box Hill Cemetery. The society's Headstones Project has a record for a John Robert Arthur McGhee born March 31, 1899.





McGregor, Leslie Ross, Lieut


Service No:
Lieutenant                             
Occupation: Dentist
Address:
'Ardleigh' Chapel St, St Kilda. Later forms: Main St Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
November 15, 1917
Age at Enlistment:
34 years
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
Leslie was 5' 7" weighing 176 lbs. [No further description].
Next of Kin: Donald McGregor, 'Ardleigh', Chapel St, St Kilda – father.
Rank on Enlistment: AMC Dental
AMC Dental Lieutenant.
Embarkation Details: Leslie embarked at Melbourne on November 26, 1917 on the Indarra.

Places and dates of service:
1917 December 31 to 1918 January 8, Egypt.
1918 January 25 to 1919 January 23, England.
1919 January 23: Promoted Temporary Captain.
1919 April 7, Returning to Australia.

Service Injuries: NIL



Returned to Australia:
May 22, 1919 on the Tras-os-Montes     
Discharge Date:
1919 June 15, 1919: Appointment terminated.
Rank at Discharge:
Lieutenant
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal; Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll

Family Story:
Leslie Ross McGregor was born near Melbourne on October 22, 1883, to Donald and Jane McGregor, nee Hockin. Leslie was Presbyterian and was educated at Brighton Grammar.

He passed the Dental Board examination qualifying to be registered in Victoria. His fatherDonald was a dentist at 23 Collins St and Leslie was apprenticed to him for four years.

He advertised as a dentist in Main St, Lilydale, and that he visited Yarra Glen, Warburton and Yarra Junction on certain days. (Lilydale Express July 16, 1915).

At this time he was also appointed a book and magazine collector for the Australian soldiers, for use in hospitals and on hospital ships and he was "pleased to received supplies and to transmit same to the proper channels". (Lilydale Express July, 16, 1915).

From April 13, 1916 onwards, Leslie served as a Dental Officer in A.A.M.C. Dental Reserve, until he enlisted. He was a member of Lilydale Scouts committee and was farewelled by them on enlistment. (Lilydale Express April 4, 1916).

On his return, he joined the Lilydale RSL. In November 1923, the Crown Solicitor provided his military record to PC Constable McKerral, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, as he is to stand trial at the General Sessions Court, Melbourne on December 3, 1923. [Case not found].
 

An obituary for his mother Jane McGregor: McGregor Jane: relict of the late Donald, at her home 81 Chapel St, St Kilda. Children: Mabel Flora (Mrs M. J. Bean) and Leslie Ross, [she was the] last surviving member of the family of the late William Hockin, aged 83 years. (the Argus June 7, 1937 p1).

In February 1938 Leslie is involved in a "Wills case tangle".(Argus February 3, 1938)., which involved the will of Leslie's grandfather Hockin, and the subsequent will of his mother Jane, in dispute over a property in Avoca St, South Yarra, left to Leslie. (Argus February 3, 1938).

In 1945, Probate was sought in the Will of the late Leslie Ross McGregor of Bragge St., Frankston. (Argus November, 12 1945 p.18).





McGuiness, Alan Haven, 3379


Service No:
3379                             
Occupation: Labourer
Address:
Not given
Date of Enlistment:
July 12, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
22 years and 3 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5' 7", weighing 10 st 6 lb, with light brown hair, blue eyes and fresh complexion, with a tattoo on his left forearm.
Next of Kin: Mr L. Bombaderia, Lilydale – step father
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 6th Battalion
Embarkation Details: Embarked at Melbourne on October 11, 1915 on the Nestor.

Places and dates of service:
1915 July 12 – 1915 September 16, 8th Depot Battalion.
1915 September 16 -1916 January 26, 11/6 Reinforcements.
1916 January 27, Embarked for Australia.


Service injuries:
Chronic rheumatism rendered him medically unfit.


Returned to Australia:
April 11, 1916 on the Karoola.     
Discharge Date:
April 11, 1916
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll as A. McGuiness.

Family Story:
Alan was born at Benalla in 1893 to Elizabeth Ann McGuinness.

Her obituary in 1930 gave these details: Deaths: Bombaderia (nee McGuinness). On 5th October at the Melbourne Hospital, Elizabeth Ann, the dearly beloved wife of Louis Bombaderia of Clyde Rd, Lilydale, and loving mother of Kenneth, Hugh, Tom, Lizzie (deceased), Donald (deceased), and Alan McGuiness, and Stephen Bombaderia, aged 64 years – at rest. (The Argus October 6, 1930 p1).

Alan attended the first meeting of the Lilydale RSL but is not mentioned in other minutes of Volumes 1 and 2.





McIntyre, A.,

McKay, J.,



McKenna, Robert John, 414



Service No:
414                             
Occupation: Farmer
Address:
Not given
Date of Enlistment:
August 26, 1914
Age at Enlistment:
29 years and 4 months
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
Robert was 5' 6", weighing 10 st 2 lbs, with brown hair, blue eyes and fair hair.
Next of Kin: Mr A. J. Watts, Donald, Victoria
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 8th Battalion
Embarkation Details: Robert embarked at Melbourne on October 19, 1914 on the Benalla.

Places and dates of service:
1914 August 26 – 1916 February 24, Private 8th Battalion.
1915 April 5, Gallipoli.
1915 April 28, Promoted to Sergeant.
1916 January 7, Alexandria.
1916 February 24, to 60th Battalion, Egypt.
1916 February, court martialled and reduced to ranks, Egypt.
1916 March 25, repromoted to Sergeant, to France.
1916 July 19, reported missing, France. KIA.

Service injuries:
Killed in Action on the line at Fromelles, France. Witness report [attached] claims he was "hit in the arm going over the line at Fromelles and was told to go back. He said he was going to get a V. or a blanket.

He was not seen again afterwards" and was "a time expired British soldier".


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
Memorials:
Not found on Lilydale War Memorial or Lillydale Roll of Honour; Not mentioned in the Lilydale Express; No connection found to Lilydale, except for Anthony McAleer's KIA sheet.

Family Story:
obert John McKenna was born in 1885 in County Armagh, Ireland. He was Catholic. Before enlistment he had served in His Majesty's Service in South Africa and India. His listed Next of Kin, A. J. Watts, moved from Donald to Bonnie Doon, where he was a baker.

In 1916 a Miss Lal Gilchrist of Albert Park writes for Next of Kin details, as Robert was one of her cousins best friends on the battlefield. His Next of Kin was not traced until 1922, when it was found that he had a wife Margaret McKenna at 30 Lindsay St, Ormean Rd, Belfast, Ireland.




McLachlan, Athol Duncan, 79182


Service No:
79182                            
Occupation: Postal Employee
Address:
P.O Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
June 12, 1918
Age at Enlistment:
18 years 11 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 8in tall.12stn 10lbs, blue eyes, light brown hair, fair complexion.
Next of Kin: Mother, Mrs Annie Maude McLachlan.
Rank on Enlistment: Not Allocated
Unit Name: Not Allocated
Embarkation Details: Not applicable

Places and dates of service:
1918 September 12: At Broadmeadows Camp Victoria.
1918 December 24: Discharged "Inconsequence of Demobilization of AIF." The war was over.

Service Injuries: NIL


Returned to Australia:
Not Applicable     
Discharge Date:
December 24, 1918 Broadmeadows Vic.
Rank at Discharge:
Not Applicable as no rank allocated
Honours/Medals:
NIL
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Memorial Honour Board.

Family Story:
Athol was born in 1899 Minyip Victoria to parents Duncan McLachlon and Annie Maude Rae. He was an employee of the Lilydale Post Office when he enlisted, but by the time he had his training at Broadmeadows, the war was over and he was discharged.

In 1938 He married Jean Ethel Cowan. The electoral rolls show that from 1922-1968 he was in the Corangamite area. Athol died at Winchelsea December 27, 1971 aged 77 years and was buried at Winchelsea Cemetery.




McLass, Francis James, 1897


Service No:
1897                             
Occupation: Hairdresser
Address:
Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
July 21, 1915, then reattested due to loss of papers, March 30, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
24 years and 9 months
Marital Status:
Married [First, and missing papers, claim single]
Physical Description:
At enlistment Francis was 5' 7 ¼ ", weighing 146 lbs, with brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion
Next of Kin: Altered entries: Louis McLass, Main St, Lilydale – father; Mrs Mary Elizabeth McLass, Main St , Lilydale - mother
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 60th Battalion
Embarkation Details: embarked at Melbourne on May 1, 1916 on the Port Lincoln.

Places and dates of service:
1916 August 8 – 1916 November 13, 60th Battalion, England.
1917 February 25, proceeding on Golden Eagle to the 59th Battalion, France.
1917 June 17 – 1917 September 18, England.
1917 December 20, returning to Australia.


Service injuries:
 1917 January 13, Fovant Military Hospital, England with mumps.



Returned to Australia:
February 13, 1918 on the Runic     
Discharge Date:
May 3, 1918, discharged as medically unfit.
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal.
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Roll of Honour as F. McLass.

Family Story:
Francis was born near Melbourne in 1890 to Louis McLass and Mary Elizabeth McLass, nee Dempsey.

In 1917 his father Louis wrote thanking the Lilydale mayor for news of his son. Louis also advertised as a hairdresser and tobacconist in Main St, Lilydale. Louis was a noted athletic walker in the 1890s. [Back to Lilydale Reunion].

He was also one of the local citizens campaigning for a war memorial for Lilydale. (Lilydale Express June 14, 1918).

Francis seems to have married Edith Jane McLass, nee Howell (b. 1895 at Wandin Yallock) just before embarking. She writes in 1917, as a Main St Lilydale hairdresser, asking for his address overseas.

On discharge, a copy of Francis's health report was sent to MUIOOF, Lilydale, which Francis complains, has incorrect details.

Court Martial proceedings against Francis are filed in the Attorney General's Department and numbered 18297. [Charge unknown.]

Francis was a member of the Lilydale RSL and died in 1948 (The Age 23.6.1948 p2):

McLass, On June 22nd at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Francis James, late 1st AIF, loved father of Frank, Ethel, William, Neville, Robert, Margaret and Beverley, beloved son of Louis and the late Mary McLass, loved stepson of Jane, aged 57. Private interment. RIP. (The Age 23.6.1948 p2)

His father Louis died in 1956: McLass, Louis. On July 21 at hospital, Louis of 34 Rothwell St, Ascot Vale, beloved husband of the late Mary, loving father of Dorothy (Mrs Buck), Francis, William, Ethel, Neville, Beverley (Mrs Constantine), Robert and Margaret, and father in law of Edith, aged 88 years, late of Lilydale. (Argus 23.7.1956 p10)

Funeral Notice: The funeral of the late Mr Louis McLass will leave our parlours, 678 Mt Alexander rd, Moonee Ponds, tomorrow (Thursday) at 2pm for the Lilydale cemetery. Joseph Allison. (Argus 23.7.1956 p10)

An entry on myheritage.com:

"Francis James McLass 1892-1948...born to Louis and Mary Elizabeth McLass, nee Dempsey. Louis born NZ 1869; Mary born 1867 in New York USA; Francis married Edith Jane McLass, nee Howell; Edith was born September 11, 1895 at Wandin Yallock. They had seven children: Dorothy, Martin William Thomas, and five others"

Howell-Donaldson wedding at Lilydale Presbyterian Church on 16th...reception at Church of England Hall, Lilydale. Bridesmaid, Dorie McLass. (Table Talk September 28, 1933).





McLeod, N.L.,





McLeod, Wallace Hugh, 2777



Service No:
2777                            
Occupation: Farmer
Address:
Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
August 12, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
30 years 4 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 8in tall, 141lbs, grey eyes, dark hair, fair complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, Mr JH McLeod Port Melbourne
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 15th Btn.
Embarkation Details: September 9, 1915 Melbourne on HMAT Itria A53

Places and dates of service:
1915 November 13 : to Gallipoli Peninsular Turkey.
1915 December 29 : sick (influenza) to hospital Alexandria Egypt.
1916 January 14: to hospital Abbassia Egypt.
1916 March 8: transferred to 47th Btn. Tel-el-Kebir Egypt.
1916 June 9: to Marseilles France.
1916 June 20: promoted to Lance Corporal France.
1916 August 9: promoted to Corporal France.
1917 April 11: missing in action, believed wounded in field France.
1917 August 11: now reported KIA on 1917 April 13.

Service injuries:
1917 April 11: Bullet wound to the thigh at Bullecourt France, he died of wounds on board a Red Cross train when attacked by Germans on the way to Valenciennes April 13, 1917.
He was buried at Valenciennes British Cemetery Ext. Grave 172.


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

Family Story:
Wally was born in 1885 Lake Boort. His, father was Mr J. H. McLeod. His mother is not known.





McNeill, J. (Sr) James, 24369


Service No:
24369                             
Occupation: Blacksmith
Address:
Cave Hill Road Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
February 19, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
37 years 8 months
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
Physical Description:5ft 5 ¾ in tall, 120lbs, grey eyes, fair hair, fair complexion.
Next of Kin: Wife, Emily Rose McNeill.
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 3rd D A C
Embarkation Details: June 27, 1916 Melbourne on HMAT Barambah A37

Places and dates of service:
1916 August 26: to Plymouth England (sick influenza).
1916 November 24: to France.
1917 January 1 – 1917 October 4 ; France in the field ( sick bronchitis and influenza many times).
1918 January 23: to England (sick bronchitis and influenza) hospital Bulford.
1918 February and March (sick in hospital).

Service injuries: NIL


Returned to Australia:
July 5, 1918: on ship D8.     
Discharge Date:
July 22, 1918.
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal, RSL badge no C4068.
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Board, Lilydale Methodist Church Roll of Honour.

Family Story:
James was born 1879 in Heathcote Victoria, parents unknown, On returning home he married Emilie Rose and lived in Cave Hill Road. Lilydale. They had children Leonard, Harold, Olive, Marjorie and Elsie.

James died in the Lilydale Bush Nursing Hospital November 14, 1940 aged 62 years, and was buried in the Lilydale Cemetery. In a letter to the Army dated January, 29, 1917 from Mr W. J. Sebire (carpenter and builder, Clarke St. Lilydale) he was referred to as a shoeing smith.


Welcome Home Lilydale Express Report September 13, 1918








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