Places and dates of service:1916 November 15: to Grantham England.
1917 March 17: to France.
1917 December 29: to Army School of Instruction – in the field France.
1918 February 9: sick (diphtheria) to hospital France.
1918 March 10: to hospital Kings Heath Birmingham England.
1918 July 29: rejoined unit in the field France.
1919 June 5: to England for Return to Australia.
Service injuries: NIL
Family Story:Charles was born 1895 Meredith to Albert James Shell and Martha Groves. He had siblings-William Walter (b) 1892, Robert James (b) 1897, George Samuel (b) 1896, Eric (b) 1904, Rose Evelyn (b) 1908 and Claribel Rosie (b) 1910.
All four eldest boys went off to WW1, William (5092) Robert (4223) and George (4883).
His parents are buried at Lilydale, and Army records state he died May 9, 1956 but where is unknown.
Shell, George Samuel, 4883 MM
Places and dates of service:1916 April 19: to Serapeum Egypt, transfer to 59th Btn.
1916 July 29: to Alexandria Egypt.
1916 December 21: to Etaples France.
1917 May 9: wounded in the field France.
1918 September 22: wounded in the field France.
1918 October 8: re-joined unit France.
1919 May 14: awarded the Military Medal ( for valuable work and devotion to duty on 1918 August 9, directing a tank to engage enemy).
1919 May 12: Returned to Australia.
1917 May 9: gunshot wound to leg, in the field, to hospital Etaples France.
1918 September 22: Gassed, in the field France.
For very valuable work and devotion to duty during the attack north of ROSIERES on 9th August 1918. In the advance with tanks, all the tanks on our sector had been knocked out in the heavy barrage. A battery of field guns in our immediate front were causing us severe casualties when Private SHELL noticed a tank moving on our right. At great personal risk he crossed the whole front and intercepted the tank and directed it to engage the enemy guns. he continued to pilot the tank, picking out targets and pockets of Huns that were greatly impeding our advance. His initiative and total disregard of danger, when near the tank which was subject to severe shelling and sniping was of such a high standard as to inspire all around him.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109 Date: 15 September 1919.
Family Story:George was born 1896 Meredith to parents Albert James Shell and Martha Groves. He enlisted and sailed aboard HMAT Wiltshire with brother Robert James (4223). Brothers, Charles Francis (381c) and William Walter (5092) also served in WW1.
His service record shows that he was in Warracknabeal in 1924. It is not known if he married or had family, or where he died and was buried. (Service Records pg 13).
Shell, Robert James, 4223
Places and dates of service:1916 April 19: to Serapeum Egypt
September 16: to Etaples France.
1916 December 16: to England, Royal Hospital Netley (trench feet).
1917 March 9: training in England.
1917 June 11: to Etaples France.
1917 June 30: re-joined unit in the field France.
1917 October 11: sick (abscess) in the field France.
1917 October 21: to Cheltenham Hospital In England.
1918 – May 1919: in the field France
1918 March 7: awarded 3 blue stripes mentioned in dispatches.
1919 May 29: Returned to Australia.
1916 December 16: trench feet in the field France.
Family Story:Bob was born 1897 Meredith to parents Albert James Shell and Martha Groves. He had 3 brothers who also served in WW1, Charles Francis (381c), George Samuel (4883) and William Walter (5092).
When he came home he married in 1921 to Alfreda Katherine Griffiths (1901-1990). It is not known if they had family. His service record shows Bob died on July 13, 1937 and was buried at Preston Cemetery, grave 03563.
Shell, William Walter, 5092
Places and dates of service:1916 November 19: to Folkestone England.
1916 December 2: transfer to 23rd Btn.
1916 November 20: to Etaples France.
1917 October 1: Killed In Action.
1917 October 1: Killed in Action in the field Belgium (no burial) On the Menin Gate Memorial (Panel 23), Ypres Memorial in Belgium.
Family Story:Bill was born 1892 in Meredith to parents Albert James and Martha Shell, and was living in Cave Hill Rd. Lilydale when he enlisted 1916 . In 1914 he married Lillias (Lilly) Macbeth Thurrowgood (from a Colac family) and at some time were living in Kidgell Street Lilydale. They had two children Lorna Ruth (b) 1915 (married Harold Noel Murphy) and Ada Robina (b) 1917.
Smith, Ernest, 1937
Places and dates of service:1916 November 13: Reading War Hospital, England.
1916 November 24: Proceeded overseas to France.
1916 November 24 – 1919 October 6: France Service.
1917 June 4: Wounded in action. Gunshot wound right chest/neck (and pneumonia) affecting nerves to arm and hand.
1917 June 27: Shell Shock.
Ernest Smith was born at Walthamstowe, England, c1893 to James Smith, 'car man', and Mrs Annie Smith. James was deceased by the time of Ernest's enlistment.
While serving overseas Ernest Smith married Edith Emily Lazell in England on November 4, 1916. [Certificate included in service records p9] He was at Perham Camp, Tidworth and she was at 7 Hazelwood Rd Walthamstowe. They married at West Ham Registry. Edith's father was Alfred Lazell, Hall Porter. His mother Annie later moved to 589 Lea Bridge Rd, Leyton, England.
In 1924 a BRPF 44 despatch was sent to him at Yering. On October 24, 1930 Ernest Smith was living in Australia and applied for his medals.
Smith, Harold Belgrave, 1344
Places and dates of service:1918 March 4:to Plymouth England.
1918 March 10:started work with Moss and Sons, Keyford England, as farm labourer.
1918 October 19:transfer to Aircraft Production in Hendon London, a labourer.
1918 November 21:sick (bronchial catarrh and heart trouble).
1918 December 23: embarked Tilbury on SS Barambah for ship work and repatriation due to ill health.
Service injuries: Not Applicable.
Family Story:Harold was born 1868 in England to parents William Smith and Sarah Hider. (BDM).
In his 1917 on his application for war work he was recorded as being married with 4 children. He had references from Thomas Spencer, Post Master at Silvan, and G Rouget, Wandin. He died in 1938 at Belgrave aged 73 years.
Staff, Walter, 1425 and 1510
Places and dates of service:1915 May 11: M.E.F. 14Btn Gallipoli.
1915 May 19: hospitalised with rheumatism in left hip – from trenches.
1915 May 26 – 1915 August 20: Typhoid Fever.
1916 February 13: Transferred to 4th Division Sanitary Section, Tel-el-Kebir.
1916 June 1- 1918 January 23: B.E.F. 4th Sanitary Division, France.
1918 December 9: Recorded as Permanently Unfit.
Family Story:Walter Staff was born at Walhalla c1882. He was Anglican. His sister Elenor M. Staff moved by September 1918 from Woori Yallock to c/o Mrs G. A. Paul, La Mosette, Lilydale. She wrote from there on January 18, 1919, asking why she had not been notified of Walter's imminent return. On August 25, 1924, a Jessie Amelia Staff inquires as to who 'Walter left his will to.'
Stallworthy, Arthur Albert, 188
Places and dates of service:1915 November 21 – 1916 April 18: Remount Unit, Heliopolis, Moascar, Cairo.
1916 April 1: Promoted Corporal, Egypt.
1916 April 18: Promoted L/Sergeant, Egypt.
1916 October 10: Transferred to AIF Headquarters, Cairo, for duty (clerical).
1917 September 27: Returning to Australia, on duty in canteen.
Service injuries: Nil
Arthur Albert Stallworthy was born at Waterperry, England c. 1866 [Ancestry 1861] to William Ezra Stallworthy and Esther Elizabeth Stallworthy nee Webb [Ancestry].
By the time of enlistment his parents were deceased. He was Anglican. He was educated at Banbury Academy, Oxfordshire and Carlton College School, Oxford. In 1881 Arthur was an unemployed bank clerk living with his sister, Esther, in Hurley, England.
In December 1889 Arthur came to Australia on the Bungaree as an unassisted immigrant, aged 28. By 1905 he was an estate agent [Healesville Guardian December 16, 1905 p3] On enlistment, Arthur applied for a commission in the Remount Unit. His allotments of 6 shillings a day from April 1, 1916, went to Mr T. E. Harrison, manager of the Colonial Bank, Lilydale.
His enlistment made news in the local paper:
Amongst those who have been accepted [to] have charge of the large number of horses in Egypt connected with the Australian forces is Mr A. Stallworthy of Lilydale who passed all necessary tests on Tuesday and goes into camp a week from that day. [He] has taken a step nearer to the actual scene of fighting for he has, since the outbreak of war, done an immense amount of work for patriotic causes. In practically every patriotic movement in Lilydale... [he] has been a leading figure ... As secretary of the local Belgian Fund, Jumble Fair, Soldiers Presentation Committee etc., [he] has rendered invaluable service ... As a public citizen, his departure will create a void which will be considerably felt...The Bowling Club will be a particularly heavy loser as [he kept] the oval and green in good order, attending to the lighting...' [Lilydale Express September17, 1915 p4]
The Lilydale Shire Council regretted his enlistment. The President drew attention to the fact that 'one of the best known townsmen was leaving for the front...one of the greatest losses the town could sustain. Mr Stallworthy had never pushed himself into anything but had always done all he could for patriotic purposes, particularly in regard to presentations to soldiers in which he had done the work of a dozen men...[Illuminated address recommended] ' [Lilydale Express October 1, 1915 p4]
Arthur Stallworthy was replaced as secretary of the Belgian Relief Fund and attended the send-off social at Athenaeum Hall [Lilydale Express October 29, 1915 p4]
T. E. Harrison received a greeting card from Arthur Stallworthy, 'who went to Egypt with the Remounts. Although the Remounts Corps was disbanded [he] is remaining in Egypt having secured another position. He expressed regret at hearing that so many fine young [local] fellows had fallen. The card contained some very humorous verses on Egypt, its flies and sand.' [Lilydale Express December 15, 1916 p2]
Arthur Stallworthy returned to Lilydale on leave with an ambition to get to the Western Front 'nearer the firing line.' [Lilydale Express October 5, 1917 p2]
By 1918 he was involved with the transports and visited Lilydale each time his ship was in port. [Lilydale Express June 14, 1918 p2; November 29, 1918 p2]. By October 1922 Arthur was residing in London.
Stanbury, Charles Henry, 1458 MM
Places and dates of service:1915 December 26: Joins 8th Light Horse, Heliopolis.
1916 February 26 – 1917 July 3: Egypt – Served in Romani, Magdabah, Rafah, Gaza, Beersheba, Jerusalem, E's Salt, Jordan Valley & Syria operations. 1917 July 6: Awarded Military Medal for gallantry in action.
1918 June 15: Promoted 2 Lieut. and appointed to A.I.F.
1918 June 23- June 29: Cadet School, Zeitoun.
1918 September 14: Rejoined 8th Light Horse, Moascar.
1919 July 17: returning to Australia.
1917 December 1: gun shot wound, shrapnel to shoulder, Egypt.
Family Story:Charles Henry Stanbury was born at Beeac, Vic., on September 14, 1889, to Susan Stanbury and N/K. He was Anglican. He married after enlistment, H. M. Stanbury who lived at 'Halaldia', Normanby Rd, Malvern.
The Lilydale Express reported:
Mounted Constable Stanbury, of Lilydale, has enlisted for active service and goes into camp in a couple of weeks time.' [Lilydale Express July 23, 1915 p4] and later:
At the Lilydale Police Court on Friday, Mounted Constable Stanbury, who has enlisted and goes into camp today, was the recipient of farewell remarks and wishes for good health and a safe return. In complimenting [him] on his commendable action in offering his services, he was also congratulated on the efficient manner in which he had carried out his duties while stationed at Lilydale; references were made to the respect in which he was held by the public, members of the Bench, and the police officials...' [Lilydale Express August 27, 1915 p4]
Stevens, Harry Bertram, 2130
Places and dates of service:1915 August 6: Joined 6th reinforrcements at Anzac.
1915, September 16: Sick to hospital, Lemnos with dysentery.
1915, October 20: discharged to Lemnos.
1915 October 21: Embarked for England (rhuematism).
1915, October 27: Admitted t 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth (sick).
1916, March 17: Invalided to Australia (rhuematism)
Service injuries: NIL
Family Story:Harry Bertram Stevens was born at Balranald, NSW, c1895, to William Henry Stevens and Mary Stevens. He attended the Seville send-off for enlisted boys [Lilydale Express May 14, 1915] His parents later moved from Seville to 24 Burnett St, St Kilda. Harry Bertram died February 12, 1960
Stewart Henry Bernard, 6603
Places and dates of service:1916 November 16 : to Plymouth England.
1917 February 10 : to Etaples France.
1917 May 8 : France - wounded.
1917June 25: Rejoined Btn.
1917 July 14: to hospital sick.
1917 August 17 : to England, Southern General Hospital Bristol.
1917 August 16: to France.
1918 January 1: Returne to Australia.
1917 May 8 : France – wounded in the field, schrapnel wound, synovitis of left ankle.
Family Story:Henry was born 1883 in Hargrave NSW parents unknown. Married Agnes A ? and had a daughter Margaret (Mrs Dobson).
He died August 16, 1953 at Heidelberg and was cremated at Springvale. Agnes died in 1950.
Stewart, William Alexander, 10573
Places and dates of service:1916 April 13 – June 5: Serapeum.
1916 June 29: Mustered driver, I.T.F.
1916 July 28-1917 July 8: France, Appointed Acting Bombadier
1919 March 1: Promoted Sergeant, France.
1919 May 12: Returning to Australia.
Service injuries: Nil
Family Story:William Alexander Steven was born on February 12, 1887 at West Melbourne, to Alexander Stewart and Charlotte Stewart nee Hunt. One sibling, Arthur Leslie only survived one month in 1894. William was Presbyterian. He married Rossana Mary Irwin William Alexander died May 1, 1961. [Genealogy.com]
His father Alexander Stewart, was born on May 19, 1864 and died September 7, 1941. He married Charlotte Hunt on April 21, 1886, at The Manse church, Williamstown.
Alexander was a gatekeeper at Cavehill (Lilydale) for the railways. 'Grandpa Alex used to open the gates for Dame Nellie Melba and if he was not there, she used to swear like a trooper.' Alexander is buried at Lilydale Cemetery. (Notes LDHS archives)
Alexander is buried at Lilydale Cemetery.
Stormont, Donald, 2961
Places and dates of service:1916, December 26: hospitalised in the UK with mumps.
1917 November 14 – 1918 January 16: Arty Dtls, Heytesbury, England.
1918 January 16: Proceeded to France, AFA Brigade.
1919 January 1:Admitted to hospital, France.
1919 February 18: transferred to Military Hospital Fulham, England
1919 May 20: Returning to Australia.
1919 January 1:Admitted to hospital, France with spetic finger laster transferred to Fullham Hospital, England.
Stormont was born at Portland, USA, c 1876. He was Presbyterian. He claimed at enlistment that he had once been convicted for 'carrying firearms.' At a Silvan Mechanics Institute send-off for others, his wife Grace played the piano [Lilydale Express June 28, 1918].
By February 14, 1924, Donald was living at Mirboo North. He applied for benefits in 1966.
Street, Albert Edward, 1264
Places and dates of service:1915 April 8: Joined M.E.F., Lemnos & ANZAC.
1916 January 19: BEF, France.
1917 October 4: Wounded in action, Belgium.
1918 March 14: Corps Lewis Gun School.
1918 June 20: Promoted Bombadier.
1918 June 21: Temp. Corporal, France.
1918 August 9: Wounded in action for 2nd time, France.
1918 August 12: Died of wounds.
1917 October 4: Shot/shrapnel wound to hand, Belgium.
1918 August 9: Shot.shrapnel wounds to face abdomen and thigh.
1918 August 12: Died of wounds and was buried Vignacourt British Cemetery, 8 miles NNW of Amiens.
Family Story:Albert Edward Street was born at Richmond, Vic., c1894, to Charles Henry Street and N/K. Charle, a carrier owned 303 acres in Killara Rd, Cahillton at the time WWI broke out. His alternate address in the Ratebooks was 35 Duke Street, Richmond. Albert was a Catholic.
At enlistment he had served in the Melbourne Cavalry for two years and was currently serving in Trainee 25Btn.His brother Arthur (7004) also enlisted. During 1917 Albert married Alice Maud [surname N/K]. Her address 8 Elgin Ave, Westbourne Park London, then later 84 Hartingdon Rd, Sth Lambeth, London. He may have married during his leave from France September 3, 917-September 13, 1917.
On October 7, 1917, he changed his Will to favour Mrs Maud Street of 84 Hartingdon Rd. It is not known what happened to Albert after he returned home.
Street, Arthur, 7004
Places and dates of service:1915 December 15: to Suez Egypt.
1916 March 10: transfer to 6th Btn. 2nd FAB Tel-el-Kebir Egypt.
1916 March 22: to Alexandria Egypt.
1916 March 25: to Marseilles France.
1917 January to 1918 September: in the field France.
1918 September 20: on leave England (sick) deafness.
1918 October 25: to 2nd Aux. Hospital Hartford England.
1918 December 10: Returned to Australia.
1918 September 20: on leave England (sick) deafness.
Family Story:Arthur was born 1897 Richmond to parents Charles Henry Street and Johanna O’Connor. His mother was deceased prior to his enlistment in 1915. Brother Albert Edward Street (1264) also served in WW1. Arthur was apprenticed Carpenter to C. Langford for 2½ years before enlistment.
In 1920 he married Lila Alma Ellery, and it is not known if they had family. In his 1924 application for medals (pg.15 Service Records) showed him living in Coldstream. On June 18, 1924 he took up Soldier Settlement land in the Parish of Werrimull in the Mallee, lots 19 and later 20. He died in 1975 in Healesville aged 78 years. His burial place is not known
Summers, Reginald Henry, 8091
Places and dates of service:1915 December 21: to Suez Egypt.
1916 January 18: sick (mumps) to Cairo Hospital Egypt.
1916 March 11: to Ismailia Lower Egpyt.
1916 March 23: to France.
1917 September 13: appointed gunner France.
1917 November 1: appointed Driver in France.
1917 December 8: posted to Headquarters in the field France.
1919 February 27: to England and Return to Australia.
Service Injuries: NIL
Family Story:Reginald was born 1894 in Richmond Victoria to father Robert William Summers, mother unknown. His father worked for the State Savings Bank of Victoria and in 1915 was at Fitzroy. After the war he had a farm at Seville called ‘Mt Marion’. His brother Walter Olveston Summers also served in WW1 (245) and earned a Military Cross. Reginald died in March 1971 and he was cremated at Springvale Cemetery and his ashes scattered.
Summers, Walter Olverston, 245 MC
Places and dates of service:1915 July 1: Promoted to Lance Corporal
1915 August 30: Anzac landing Gallipoli.
1915 November 5: wounded at Gallipoli .
1916 March 30 : to Marseilles France.
1916 July 20: Promoted to Corporal in France.
1916 August 15: Promoted to Sergeant in France.
1916 November 5 : to England, on command for instruction to Pembroke College, Cambridge.
1917 March 30 : Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant Inf. Rifles Tidworth England.
1917 April 28 : to Etaples France.
1917 August 3 : to England.
1917 August 20: Promoted to Lieutenant.
1917 September 30 : to France - Anzac Wireless.
1918 February 3 : to France In the field.
1918 July 31 : Awarded the Military Cross – For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. He led his platoon successfully against an enemy post, capturing two machine guns and fifteen prisoners, and personally shooting five of the enemy. During consolidation he reconnoitred forward, and established posts and command ground. He showed fine courage and leadership.
1918 December 28: Killed In Action.
1915 November 5: shell wound to throat at Gallipoli, to St Elms Hospital Malta.
1918 December 28: Accidently killed Belgium.
Whilst working in a workshop of a Belgium civilian, de-detonating German nosecaps and after successfully completing one, he was carrying on with the second when suddenly it exploded. Killing him outright and wounding Private Miller and Belgium civilian. He had severe laceration of left hand, left thigh and slight wound of head. Death was to haemorrhage. He was buried in the Brussels Group Haies Communal Cemetery Nalines, Belgium - Grave 1 "Summers Lt. Walter Olveston MC 23rd Btn.. Died of accidental injuries 28th December 1918 Son of Robert Wm. and Edith Maria of State Savings Bank Fitzroy Victoria Australia. Born Melbourne Australia. Against west wall." (Court of Enquiry January 12, 1919).
Military Cross Citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. He led his platoon successfully against an enemy post. capturing two machine guns and fifteen prisoners, and personally shooting five of the enemy. During consolidation he reconnoitred forward, and established posts on commanding ground. He showed fine courage and leadership.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23 Date: 12 February 1919.
Family Story:Walter Summers was born 1890 at Richmond to parents Robert William Summers and Edith Marie Hart. His father worked for the State Savings Bank of Victoria in the Fitzroy branch at the time of Walter’s enlistment in 1915.
Walter was a farmer and had siblings Robert Ernest (1892), Reginald Henry (1893) also WW1 8091, Edith Hart (1897), William Hart (1899) and Herbert Arthur (1900). On July 8, 1918 while serving in France he was awarded the Military Cross – for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On December 28, 1918 after peace was declared, he was accidentally killed while trying to defuse a German bomb in Belgium. He was buried in a cemetery in Nalines, Belgium, aged 28 years.
Syme, Noel Herbert, 1501
Places and dates of service:1914 December 5: Promoted Sergeant.
1915 June: Gallipoli and Egypt.
1916 August 4: 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, France.
1916 August 18: Appointed Sergeant mechanical transport, France.
1917 January 5: 1st Australian Divisional Supply Column, France [on its establishment].
1917 February 14: Rejoined 2nd Australian Field Ambulance.
1917 May 10: Died of wounds.
1917 May 10: Gun shot wound to head, France. Later on May 10, died of wounds. He was buried at Grevillers British Cemetery near Bapaume, Plot 4 Row E Grave 2; AWM Panel 181.
Noel Herbert Syme was born at Palmerston, NZ, c1891, to George Francis Ebeneezer Syme, a son of David Syme, and Christina Syme. Noel was an Anglican. Apart from the Grand Hotel, and 'Dalry' Healesville, his father's private address was 'Sunnyside', Mornington, Vic., also c/o The Age Office, Melbourne.
Noel's motor licence was 'endorsed'. Prior to enlistment Noel had been in the Cadets for 3 years [Company unnamed].
An obituary for Noel: 'A private cable message was received this week announcing the death in France of Sergeant Noel Syme, third son of Mr Francis Syme, of 'Dalry', Healesville. Sergeant Syme was struck by a shell on May 10, while on duty in a dressing station. He was severely wounded in the head and after having the wounds dressed he was sent to a casualty clearing station hospital, but died an hour afterwards, without having regained consciousness. He was buried with military honours in Grevillers Cemetery, outside Bapaume. The message adds: "His loss is deeply regretted by the officers in command. Sympathy from all." The late Sergeant Syme left Australia with the 1st Ambulance Division, and saw service in Gallipoli and Egypt before transferring with his unit to France. Two other sons of Mr Francis Syme are now on active service and one has been invalided home. The late Sergeant Syme was well known in this district. he was a member of the hunt club and was very popular with members.' [Lilydale Express May 25, 1917 p2]
Noel was buried at Grevillers British Cemetery by Rev. T. C. Walters. At the April 4, 1918. Probate reading of Noel's Will, his father was at 'Dalry', Healesville. he left there in 1919. J. W. Packer and Francis Syme signed for receipt of Noel's 1914-1915 Star Medal in 1920.
An obituary for David Syme February 15, 1908 gives these family notes: David and Annabella Syme had children Herbert; Francis of 'Dalry', Arthur E., doctor of Lilydale; Geoffrey; Oswald of 'Killara'; Mrs William McCallister of 'Tarrawarra'; and Olive.
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