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Sawyer, C., 

Sawyer, R.,

Scales, T.,



Scurry, William, 2668 MC, DCM


Service No:
2668                             
Occupation: Architectural Modeller
Address:
Silvan
Date of Enlistment:
July 19, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
19 years 9 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 7½in tall, 9stn 10lbs, grey eyes, fair hair, fair complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, William C Scurry
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 8th Reinf. 7th Btn
Embarkation Details: August 26, 1915 from  Melbourne on HMAT Anchises A68.

Places and dates of service:
1915 November 18: to Anzac advanced base at Mudros Lemnos Island and then Gallipoli.
1915 December 4: promoted to Lance Corporal Lemnos Island.
1916 January 10: promoted to Acting Sergeant Lemnos Island.
1916 January 24: promoted to Sergeant Tel-el-Kebir Egypt.
1916 February 20: promoted to 2nd Lieutenant Ismailia Egypt, and awarded DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal) for inventing the time release gun that got our troops off Gallopili.
1916 March 17: transfer to 59th Btn, Tel-el-Kebir Egypt.
1916 March 23: Transfer to 58th Btn. Tel-el-Kebir Egypt.
1916 June 1: promoted to Lieutenant Moascar Egypt.
1916 June 17: to Alexandria Egyp.
1916 July 5: transfer to 15th Aust. Light Trench Mortor Btn. Alexandria.
1916 July 11: mentioned in despatches.
1916 June 23: to Marseilles France.
1916 September 3: wounded accidently in the field France.
1916 September 18: to England to Wandsworth Hospital.
1916 December 20: promoted to Captain England.
1917 January 1: to Etaples France.
1917 January 4: awarded MC (Military Cross) for distinguished service in the field France.
1917 January 17: wounded (old) hand in the field in France.
1917 January 31: to England Wandsworth Hospital.
1917 April 27: to Etaples France.
1917 May to 1919 January: in the field in France/Belgium.
1919 January 15: Returned to Australia.

Service injuries:
1916 September 3: wounded accidently (right hand and thigh) when inspecting a new kind of fuse on an unexploded bomb, in the field France.
1917 January 29: bomb wound (lost the sight of eye and had finger on on right hand amputated, mild thigh (old wound) in the field France.

Citations:

Distinguished Conduct Medal:
 'For conspicuous ability and good work, especially in regard to a device for firing rifle automatically.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129 Date: 21 September 1916.

Military Cross:
No citation.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 Date: 29 June 1917. 


Returned to Australia:
March 16, 1919 to Melbourne on Czaritz.a     
Discharge Date:
September 13, 1919.
Rank at Discharge:
Captain
Honours/Medals:
Military Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal, Mentioned in Despatches (2 oak leaves 1 large,1small), 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Memorials:
Silvan Honour Roll, Croydon War Memorial.

Family Story:
William was born 1896 in Carlton to William Charles Scurry and Bessie Preston. After the war he was granted Soldier Settlement land in Silvan, and in 1920 married Doris Barry (an army nurse who he met in France).

They had 4 children. He served later in World War II when he re-enlisted in the army in 1940 and served until 1945. He died December 28, 1963 at Croydon (aged 68) and is buried at Lilydale Cemetery.





Sessions, Benjamin, 2064


Service No:
2064                             
Occupation: Labourer
Address:
Silvan
Date of Enlistment:
October 20, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
22 years 10 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 8¾in tall, 11stn 6lbs, grey eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, Benjamin Sessions
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 4th light Horse
Embarkation Details: January 2, 1916 from  Melbourne on HMAT Themistocles.

Places and dates of service:
1916 March 20: to Egypt, transferred to 1st Anzac Cycle Corp.
1916 March 23: appointed to Lance Corporal Egypt.
1916 May 12: to Marseille France.
1916 July 3: sick (Mumps) Hospital in St Omer France.
1916 July- 1917 June 5: in the field France 1st Anzac Cycle Corp.
1918 October 3: sick ( influenza) to Havre Hospital France.
1919 April 4: to England.
1919 May 20 : Returned to Australia.

Service injuries: NIL


Returned to Australia:
 July 2, 1919 to Melbourne on HMAT Nestor     
Discharge Date:
August 24, 1919.
Rank at Discharge:
Lance Corporal
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Silvan Honour Roll.

Family Story:
Benjamin was born 1893 in Strathbogie (near Euroa) to parents Benjamin Sessions and Emily White.(Ancestry). He had a brother Leslie Charles who also served in WW1 (1613). It is not known if he married or had family, or when he died and was buried.





Sessions, Leslie Charles, 1613


Service No:
1613                             
Occupation: Labourer
Address:
Silvan
Date of Enlistment:
August 20, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
18years 1 month
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 9½in tall, 10stn 5lbs, brown eyes, brown hair ,fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, Benjamin Sessions
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 8th Light Horse
Embarkation Details: November 10, 1915 from Melbourne on HMAT Ascanius A11

Places and dates of service:
1916 February 10: sick (mumps) to Hospital in Abbassia Egypt.
1916 February 24 : to Helipolis Lebanon.
1916 March 8: transfer to 3rd Light Horse Reserve Regiment Heliopolis Lebanon.
1916 March 17: transfer to 4th Light Horse.
1916 March 20: transfer to 1st Aust. Div. Cyclist Corp Heliopolis Lebanon.
1916 March 25: to Alexandria Egypt.
1916 March 30: to Marseilles France.
1916 May 12: to Anzac Cycle Btn. France.
1916 May- 1917 - 1918 : in the field France.
1919 February 22: to England for Return to Australia.

Service injuries: NIL


Returned to Australia:
June 8, 1919 to Melbourne on the Sardinia.     
Discharge Date:
July 31, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Silvan Honour Roll

Family Story:
Les was born 1897 in Euroa to parents Benjamin Sessions and Emily White (Ancestry) He had a brother Benjamin who also served in WW1 (2064). He married Bessie Emily ? and it is not known if they had family.

Les died in 1983 and was buried at Springvale Cemetery on January 10, 1983. Emily died on January 18, 1999.



 

Sharp, E.,



Sharp, Richard Stewart, 10469



Service No:
10469                              
Occupation: Tailor
Address:
c/- H. M. McIntyre, Yering Victoria (from the Nominal Roll)
Date of Enlistment:
July 6, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
25 years 6 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 2½in tall, 9stone, blue eyes, dk.brown hair, dark complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, John Sharp
Rank on Enlistment: Gunner
Unit Name: 4th Field Artillery
Embarkation Details: January 5, 1916 from Melbourne on the HMAT Afric A19.

Places and dates of service:
1916 February 14: to England.
1916 March 9: to Tel-el-Kebir Egypt as a Driver.
1916 March 19: to Marseilles France.
1917 March 11: sick ( neuralgia) to hospital in the field France.
1917 March 16: to hospital Rouen France.
1917 March 28: to hospital Etaples France.
1918 April 9: in the field France.
1919 March 30: to England for Return to Australia.

Service injuries: NIL


Returned to Australia:
July 5, 1919 to Melbourne on the Ypiringa     
Discharge Date:
August 27, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Driver
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Memorials:


Family Story:
Richard was born 1890 in Edinburgh, Scotland to father John Sharp, mother unknown. We do not know if he married or had family. In 1928 he was working on the Trans Line Kultanaby in West Australia, and 1936 was prospecting for the Leonora Road Board West Australia (Record pgs 13/14). The Australian Electoral Roll show him as being in Kalgoorlie W.A 1936 to 1958. His date of death is not known, possibly Kalgoorlie.




Shell, Charles Frances, 381C


Service No:
381c                             
Occupation: Horse Breaker
Address:
Cave Hill Rd Lilydale and Yarraville
Date of Enlistment:
July 22, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
21 years 10 Months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 5½in tall, 145lbs, grey eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, Albert James Shell
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 2nd Machine Gun Coy.
Embarkation Details: September 19, 1916 Melbourne on HMAT Commonwealth A73.

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


Returned to Australia:
July 17, 1919 to Melbourne on HT Mahia.     
Discharge Date:
August 24, 1919.
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Baptist Church of Lilydale Memorial Roll.

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



Service No:
4883                             
Occupation: Grocer
Address:
Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
November 13, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
19 years 5 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 3½in tall, 8stn 7lbs, blue eyes, fair hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, Albert James Shell
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 8th Btn.
Embarkation Details: March 7, 1916 Melbourne on HMAT Wiltshire A18.

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.

Service injuries:
1917 May 9: gunshot wound to leg, in the field, to hospital Etaples France.
1918 September 22: Gassed, in the field France.

MM Citation:

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.


Returned to Australia:
June 29, 1919 to Melbourne on HT Soudan.     
Discharge Date:
August 13, 1919.
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Baptist Church of Lilydale Memorial Roll.

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



Service No:
4223                             
Occupation: Horse Driver
Address:
Cave Hill Road Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
October 9, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
18 years
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 3¼in tall, 9stn, blue eyes, dark brown hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, Albert James Shell
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 21st Btn
Embarkation Details: March 7, 1916 at Melbourne on HMAT Wiltshire A18.

Places and dates of service:
1916 April 19: to Serapeum Egypt 1916.
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.

Service injuries:

1916 December 16: trench feet in the field France.




Returned to Australia:
July 18, 1919 to Melbourne on HT Rio Negro.     
Discharge Date:
Not available
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Baptist Church of Lilydale Memorial Roll.

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


Service No:
5092                             
Occupation: Labourer
Address:
Cave Hill Rd. Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
February 12, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
24 years 6 months
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
5ft 7in tall, 149lbs, grey eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Wife Lily Macbeth Shell
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 13th Btn.
Embarkation Details: July 19, 1916 at  Melbourne on HMAT Armadale A26.

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.

Service injuries:
1917 October 1: Killed in Action in the field Belgium (no burial) On the Menin Gate Memorial (Panel 23), Ypres Memorial in Belgium.


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 and Scroll.
Memorials:
Lilydale War Memorial, Lilydale Baptist Church Honour Roll, Lilydale IOOF Honour Roll, Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll.

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


Service No:
1937                             
Occupation: Ploughman
Address:
Not given
Date of Enlistment:
May 5, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
22 years 8 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 6¼ in tall, weight Not recorded black hair, grey eyes and fresh complexion. [In September 1919, he was recorded as 5ft 9in with dark hair, brown eyes, dark complexion]
Next of Kin: Mother – Mrs Annie Smith, 2 Selborne Rd, Walthamstowe, England. [Later changed to his wife Mrs E. E. Smith]
Rank on Enlistment: rPivate
Unit Name: 3rd Pioneer Btn.
Embarkation Details: uly 28, 1916 embarked from Melbourne on the Themestocles.

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.

Service injuries:
1917 June 4: Wounded in action. Gunshot wound right chest/neck (and pneumonia) affecting nerves to arm and hand.
1917 June 27: Shell Shock.


Returned to Australia:
November 24, 1919, on the Pakeha     
Discharge Date:
January 8, 1920
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal; Victory Medal, 2 Blue Chevrons
Memorials:
Coldstream and Yering; Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll.

Family Story:

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



Service No:
1344                            
Occupation: Teamster and Contractor / farm labourer
Address:
Silvan
Date of Enlistment:
December 12, 1917
Age at Enlistment:
49 years
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
5ft 8in tall, 156 lbs, blue eyes, brown hair, florid complexion.
Next of Kin: Wife, Jane French Smith
Rank on Enlistment: Not Available
Unit Name: Volunteer for War work as Navvy or Labourer in England
Embarkation Details: January 4, 1918 Melbourne on SS Borda

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.



Returned to Australia:
Dated not recorded. 
Discharge Date:
February 22, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Not Applicable.
Honours/Medals:
Not Applicable.
Memorials:
Memorial Roll,Shire of Lillydale  and Memorial Honour Board, Silvan

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.




Sneddon, R.,




Staff, Walter, 1425 and 1510



Service No:
1425 and 1510                             
Occupation: Mill worker
Address:
Not given
Date of Enlistment:
February 2, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
32 years 6 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 4¼in, 9st 8lbs, brown hair, grey eyes, medium complexion
Next of Kin: Sister – Miss Elenor M. Staff, Woori Yallock, Vic.
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 2R 14Btn
Embarkation Details: February 2, 1915 embarked from Melbourne on the Clan McGillivray.

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.

Service injuries:
1918 December 9: Recorded as Permanently Unfit.


Returned to Australia:
February 1, 1919 on the Argyleshire.     
Discharge Date:
April 2, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal.
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll

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



Service No:
188                             
Occupation: Land Estate Agent
Address:
Lilydale, Vic.
Date of Enlistment:
September 14, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
49 years 3 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 7in, 12st 6lbs, grey hair, blue eyes, medium complexion, deformed right arm.
Next of Kin: Sister – Mrs Esther Windsor, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, Berks. England.
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 1st Remount Unit, No1 Squadron
Embarkation Details: November 12, 1915 embarked from Melbourne on the Orsova.

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


Returned to Australia:
October 1917 on the Boorara.     
Discharge Date:
October 23, 1917 – over age.
Rank at Discharge:
L/Sergeant
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Memorials:
St John’s Church Lilydale Honour Roll; Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll.

Family Story:

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



Service No:
1458                           
Occupation: Constable of Victoria Police
Address:
Police Station, Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
July 19, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
27 years 10 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 9in, 11st 3lbs, dark brown hair, brown eyes, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Mother – Mrs Susan Stanbury, 'The Pines', Jenning St, Colac West.
Rank on Enlistment: Acting Sergeant
Unit Name: 11/8 Light Horse
Embarkation Details: November 15, 1915 embarked at Melbourne on the Clan McCourquodale.

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.

Service injuries:
1917 December 1: gun shot wound, shrapnel to shoulder, Egypt.


Returned to Australia:
August 20, 1919 on the Dunluce Castle.     
Discharge Date:
October 25, 1919 appointment terminated.
Rank at Discharge:
Lieutenant
Honours/Medals:
Military Medal [Commonwealth Gazette February 14, 1918]; 1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll

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]




Stephens, W.L.,


 

Stevens, Harry Bertram, 2130


Service No:
2130                             
Occupation: Labourer
Address:
Not given
Date of Enlistment:
February 27, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
19 years 3 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 4½in, 9st 5lbs, light brown hair, blue grey eyes, fair complexion.
Next of Kin: Parents – William Henry Stevens and Mary Stevens, Warburton Rd, Seville.
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 6R 8Btn
Embarkation Details: June 17, 1915 embarked at Melbourne on the Wandilla.

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


Returned to Australia:
April 30 1916 on the Ascanius.     
Discharge Date:
September 5, 1916 (with rheumatism)
Rank at Discharge:
Seregeant
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll

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


 

Stevenson, W.,


Stewart, F.,



Stewart Henry Bernard, 6603



Service No:
6603                             
Occupation: Miner
Address:
‘Valley Farm’ Kilsyth
Date of Enlistment:
August 10, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
33 years 11 months
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
5ft 8in tall, 162 lbs, blue eyes, fair hair, fair complexion.
Next of Kin: Wife Agnes A. Stewart
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 8th Btn
Embarkation Details: October 2, 1916 at Melbourne on HMAT Nestor.

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.

Service injuries:

1917 May 8 : France – wounded in the field, schrapnel wound, synovitis of left ankle.
 

Returned to Australia:
 1918 April 13, 1918 returned to Melbourne on Osterley A8.    
Discharge Date:
May 30, 1918.
Rank at Discharge:
Private
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Kilsyth Memorial Hall Honour Board, Shire of Lillydale Honour Board.

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


Service No:
10573                             
Occupation: Horse Driver
Address:
Cave Hill Rd Gate House, Lilydale
Date of Enlistment:
October 27, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
28 years 9 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
6ft, 13st, brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Father – Alexander Stewart, Cave Hill Rd Gate House, Lilydale
Rank on Enlistment: Gunner
Unit Name: 13R 1st Division Ammunition Column
Embarkation Details: January 5, 1916 from Melbourne on the Afric.

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


Returned to Australia:
July 2, 1919 on the Port Napier.     
Discharge Date:
August 25, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Sergeant
Honours/Medals:
Oak Leaves – mentioned in despatch of Sir Douglas Haig, 16.3.1919 [Commonwealth Gazette October 30, 1919]; Victory Medal; British War Medal
Memorials:
Lilydale Primary School Honour Roll, Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll

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


Service No:
2961                             
Occupation: Farmer and Farrier
Address:
Silvan
Date of Enlistment:
May 27, 1916
Age at Enlistment:
39 years 5 months
Marital Status:
Married
Physical Description:
5ft 8¼in, 131lbs, dark grey hear, blue grey eyes, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Wife – Mrs Grace Marion Stormont, P.O. Silvan, Vic.
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 21R 4th Light Horse
Embarkation Details: October 2, 1916 embarked at Melbourne on the Nestor

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.

Service injuries:
1919 January 1:Admitted to hospital, France with spetic finger laster transferred to Fullham Hospital, England.


Returned to Australia:
July 2, 1919 on the Nestor.   
Discharge Date:
August 9, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Gunner
Honours/Medals:
British War Medal; Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll

Family Story:

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.



 

Stratton, K.,



Street, Albert Edward, 1264


Service No:
1264                             
Occupation: Driver
Address:
35 Duke St, Richmond, Vic.
Date of Enlistment:
August 17, 1914
Age at Enlistment:
20 years 5 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 7in, 10st 3lbs, fair hair, blue eyes, fair complexion.
Next of Kin: Father – Mr C. H. Street, 35 Duke St, Richmond
Rank on Enlistment: Driver
Unit Name: 6th Field Battery 2nd Artillery Brigade
Embarkation Details: October 20, 1914 embarked at Melbourne on the Shropshire.

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.

Service injuries:
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.


Returned to Australia:
Not Applicable     
Discharge Date:
Not Applicable
Rank at Discharge:
Temp Corporal at time of death
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal; Memorial Scroll; Memorial Plaque.
Memorials:
Gruyere South State School & District; Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll.

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


Service No:
7004                             
Occupation: Carpenter
Address:
Richmond
Date of Enlistment:
July 10, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
18 years 6 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 7 in tall,11stne 6lbs, blue eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion.
Next of Kin: Father Charles Henry Street (Richmond)
Rank on Enlistment: Driver
Unit Name: 4th FAB
Embarkation Details: November 18, 1915 Melbourne

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.

Service injuries:
1918 September 20: on leave England (sick) deafness.

Returned to Australia:
1919 February 8, Melbourne on HT Somali (invalid deafness in both ears).     
Discharge Date:
May 5, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Driver
Honours/Medals:
1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Memorials:
Gruyere Memorial Honour Board

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


Service No:
8091                             
Occupation: Farmer
Address:
Richmond
Date of Enlistment:
August 25, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
21 years 10 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 6½in tall, 11stn 8lbs, blue eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion.
Next of Kin: Father, Robert William Summers
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 16th Btn.
Embarkation Details: November 22, 1915 Melbourne on HMAT Persic A34.

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.
1918: France.
1919 February 27: to England and Return to Australia.

Service Injuries: NIL

Returned to Australia:
June 10, 1919 to Melbourne on the Runic.     
Discharge Date:
August 2, 1919
Rank at Discharge:
Driver
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Memorials:
Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll, Seville Hall Honour Roll.

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


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Service No:
245                           
Occupation: Farmer
Address:
Seville
Date of Enlistment:
February 10, 1915
Age at Enlistment:
21 years 9 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 5½in tall,10 stn, blue eyes, light brown hair, fair complexion.
Next of Kin: Father Robert William Summers
Rank on Enlistment: Private. Did Corp Cadets for 2 years.
Unit Name: 23rd Btn.
Embarkation Details: May 8, 1915 Melbourne on HMAT Euripides A1.

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.


Service Injuries:
1915 November 5: shell wound to throat at Gallipoli, to St Elms Hospital Malta.
1918 December 28: Accidently killed Belgium.

Death Report:
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.
 

Returned to Australia:
Not Applicable     
Discharge Date:
Not Applicable
Rank at Discharge:
Lieutenant
Honours/Medals:
Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Scroll and Plaque.
Memorials:
Seville Hall Memorial Board, Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll.

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


Service No:
1501                             
Occupation: Farmer
Address:
Not given
Date of Enlistment:
September 25, 1914
Age at Enlistment:
22 years 10 months
Marital Status:
Single
Physical Description:
5ft 6in, 141lbs, light brown straight hair, greenish blue eyes, ruddy complexion.
Next of Kin: Father – G. F. Syme Esq., Grand Hotel, Spring St Melbourne; Also 'Dalry' Healesville.
Rank on Enlistment: Private
Unit Name: 1st Australian Field Ambulance
Embarkation Details: December 5, 1914 embarked on Kyarra [Not in Service Records]

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.

Service injuries:
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.


Returned to Australia:
Not Applicable     
Discharge Date:
Not Applicable
Rank at Discharge:
Sergeant
Honours/Medals:
1914-1915 Star; Victory Medal; British War Medal; Memorial Scroll & King's Message; Memorial Plaque.
Memorials:
Gruyere South State School & District Roll of Honour; Shire of Lillydale Honour Roll.

Family Story:
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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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