Wurdale Names

Arthur Stanley BATSON

Service No:    2408
Rank:            Corporal
Unit:             8th Light Horse Regiment, 17th Reinforcement

Born 1893, Wurdi-Boluc, Vic
Son of Stephen and Edith Batson from Winchelsea
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a farmer

Arthur enlisted 7/02/1916 at Melbourne as a single man
He embarked for overseas 6/05/1916 from Melbourne on HMAT A6 Clan Maccorquodale
Served in Egypt, Palestine
Died as a result of illness 14/10/1918
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wurdale
– St Saviour’s Modewarre
– Winchelsea

On enlistment Arthur was posted to 8th Light Horse, 17th Reinforcements and marched into 3rd Training Regiment, Tel el Kebir, 11 June 1916. He subsequently joined the Imperial Camel Corps, 1 July 1916, and taken on strength of No 11 Company, Imperial Camel Corps, the same day. Four months later he transferred to the 3rd Anzac Battalion, Imperial Camel Brigade.

Arthur was evacuated to hospital, El Arish, 29 December 1916 (pleurisy); on discharge in February he re- joined his unit in El Arish. A few weeks later he was back in hospital with pleurisy until June when he was discharged and joined the Imperial Camel Corps Brigade in Abbassia the same day. He proceeded to his unit, 4 July 1917 re-joining the 3rd Anzac Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps, El Shabith on 5 July 1917.

Due to reorganisation of units he transferred to the 15th Light Horse in July 1918. He was back in hospital in October with pneumonia dangerously ill. Arthur died two weeks later on 14th October, 1918. He was buried by Chaplain A.P. Durant, 17 October 1918.

 

Anzac hatSydney Gilmore BLACK

Service No:    3317
Rank:            Private
Unit:             2nd Pioneer, Reinforcement 8

Born 1897, Modewarre
Son of John and Jane Black from Modewarre
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a farmer

Sydney enlisted 17/11/1916 at Melbourne as a single man
He embarked for overseas 16/12/1916 from Melbourne on HMAT A7 Medic
Served in France, England
Returned to Australia 25/12/1919
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Modewarre
– Wurdale
– St Saviour’s Modewarre
– Modewarre Avenue of Honour – Tree No 12

February 1917 marching into the Pioneer Training Battalion at Sutton Mandeville. He sailed for France in May 1917 returning to England for medical attention in October after a gunshot wound to his buttocks. On 30th May 1918 he proceeded back overseas to France re-joining the 2nd Pioneer Battalion. After illness at the beginning of 1919 he went to England on leave. After returning to France from leave in March he was assigned to the Graves Registration Detachment. He joined the 2nd Pioneer Battalion as they returned to England for transport back to Melbourne per “Port Denison” in November 1919. Sydney returned to farm at Winchelsea up to his death in 1944. He married Alice Jefferis in 1923 and they had four children.

 

Anzac hatEdward Ernest BLACK

Service No:    1823
Rank:            Private
Unit:             3rd Pioneer Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement

Born 1895, Portarlington
Son of John and Jane Black from Modewarre
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a farm labourer

Edward enlisted 6/03/1916 at Geelong as a single man
He embarked for overseas 28/07/1916 from Melbourne on HMAT A32 Themistocles
Served in France, England
Returned to Australia 3/5/1919
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Modewarre
– Wurdale
– St Saviour’s Modewarre
– Modewarre Avenue of Honour – Tree No 16

Edward returned to farming at Wurdi Boluc after his war service. He married Eva McHarry in 1922 they had three children. In the late 1940’s they moved to Tabilk just outside of Nagambi where Edward continued farming. By 1954 they had moved into Nagambi with Edward share farming and son James as farm hand. Edward died at Bright in 1954.

 

Anzac hat KIANoel James BLACK

Service No:    3348
Rank:            Private
Unit:             24th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement

Born 1895, Winchelsea
Son of James and Catherine Black from Geelong
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a labourer

Noel enlisted 26/07/1915 at Broadmeadows as a single man
He embarked for overseas 26/11/1915 from Melbourne on HMAT A73 Commonwealth
Served in France
Died as a result of disease 26/4/1919

His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wurdale

 

Anzac hatJohn Walter CHALMANweb Wensleydale-6

Service No:    4991
Rank:            Private
Unit:             23rd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement

Born 1885, Winchelsea
Son of Daniel and Mary Chalman from Carlton
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a labourer

John enlisted 21/02/1916 at Melbourne as a married man
He embarked for overseas 19/07/1916 from Melbourne on HMAT A26 Armadale
Served in France
Returned to Australia 12/6/1919
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wensleydale SS
– Wurdale
– Deans Marsh Residents

 

Anzac hatHenry St Omer DENTRYweb Wensleydale-7

Service No:    7220
Rank:            Private
Unit:             6th Battalion, 24th Reinforcement

Born 1881, Geelong
Son of Henry and Grace Dentry from Newtown
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a auctioneer

Henry enlisted 13/01/1916 at Melbourne as a married man
He embarked for overseas 19/02/1917 from Melbourne on HMAT A70 Ballarat
Served in Western Front
Returned to Australia 27/2/1919
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Modewarre
– Wensleydale SS
– Wurdale
– St Saviour’s Modewarre
– Modewarre Avenue of Honour – Tree No 32

Henry, auctioneer, married man and father from Newtown enlisted in the AIF on 23 November 1916. He was appointed to the 6th Battalion, 24 Reinforcements at Royal Park training grounds. After eight weeks training he embarked from Melbourne per HMAT Ballarat, disembarking at Devonport on 25 April 1917. It was a different type of disembarking……….. the troop transport HMAT BALLLARAT was approaching Southern England, off The Lizard, when she was torpedoed by a U-boat just after 2pm on April 25, the second Anzac Day. The 1600 men of the 24th Reinforcements Regiment had lunched, and officers were planning an Anzac Day service later in the day. On this occasion, all 1720 souls aboard BALLARAT survived. The New York Times report on her sinking said the men sang songs and played cards as the ship was sinking. Songs mentioned were ‘Australia Will Be There,’ ‘The Long Trail’ and ‘So Long Lettie.’ The bandmaster was playing doleful notes on his cornet, and down in the saloon a Sydney soldier named Michael Keene was playing rag-time on a piano, so rapt that someone had to be sent to get him as the last lifeboat left. Once on land Henry marched into the 2nd Training Battalion at Durrington. He stayed in England for eleven months before proceeding overseas to France on 6 March 1918 attached to the 6th Battalion. In March and April 1918 the battalion helped stop the German spring offensive and later participated in the Allies’ own offensive, launched near Amiens on 8 August 1918. The advance by British and empire troops was the greatest success in a single day on the Western Front, one that German General Erich Ludendorff described as “the black day of the German Army in this war”. Henry was poisoned with gas on 4 October 1918 and invalided back to England and once recovered he returned to Australia per ‘Orsova’. While overseas Grace and their daughter had a change of address and were now living in Toorak. On return Henry joined her continuing his occupation as an auctioneer. By 1924 they had moved to Bambra where Henry was a farmer until his death on 10 November 1947 at Heidelberg.

 

Anzac hatAlbert Hamilton  DORMANweb Wensleydale-8

Service No:    10241
Rank:            Sapper
Unit:             10th Field Company, Engineers

Born 1883, Wensleydale
Son of John and Mary Dorman; wife of Margaret Dorman
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a engine driver

Albert enlisted 21/01/1916 at Melbourne as a married man
He embarked for overseas 20/06/1916 from Melbourne on HMAT A54 Runic
Served in France
Returned to Australia 12/6/1919
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Lorne RSL
– Lorne Residents
– Wensleydale SS
– Wurdale

Albert and Margaret were living at Lake Boga when he enlisted in the AIF. He did his basic training at Seymour Army Camp before embarking from Melbourne on board HMAT Runic on 20 June 1916 and arriving in Plymouth on the 10th August. He spent some time training in England before being sent to France on the 23rd of November.

Five months later he was admitted to hospital with ulcerated lip. Shortly after, on 4 May 1917, Albert was transferred to Cardiff, Wales for treatment on the  lip. He returned to his unit in France in August just prior to the Third Battle of Ypres. He was involved in a number of other significant battles in France and during this time promoted to temporary Lance Corporal.

Albert arrived home on 6 June 1919 and back to Lake Boga to live until 1922. The family then moved to the farm at Bambra. Albert and Margaret had five children. Albert died in 1941.

 

Anzac hatMark August HAGERweb Wensleydale-13

Service No:    4550
Rank:            Private
Unit:             29th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement

Born 1875, Winchelsea
Son of Christian and Louisa Hager from Colac
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a farm foreman

Mark enlisted 11/08/1916 at Melbourne as a married man
He embarked for overseas 16/12/1916 from Melbourne on HMAT A7 Medic
Served in Western Front
Returned to Australia 4/12/1918
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wensleydale SS
– Wurdale

 

Anzac hatFrancis Frederick HALKYARDweb Wensleydale-5

Service No:    5599
Rank:            Private
Unit:             28th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement

Born 1866, Modewarre
Son of Mark and Mary Halkyard from Kalgoorlie, WA
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a miner
Francis enlisted 4/04/1916 at Perth as a married man

He embarked for overseas 26/09/1916 from Fremantle on HMAT A52 Surada
Served in England
Returned to Australia 23/3/1919
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wensleydale SS
– Wurdale

 

Anzac hatRoy Vivian Leslie HUNTER

Service No:    2490
Rank:            Driver
Unit:             2nd Field Company Engineers, Reinforcement 12

Born 1894, Corio
Son of Thomas and Catherine Hunter from Winchelsea
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a tram conductor

Roy enlisted 10/07/1915 at Geelong as a single man
He embarked for overseas 11/12/1915 from Sydney on RMS Mooltan
Served in France
Returned to Australia 1/7/1919
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Modewarre
– Wurdale
– St Saviour’s Modewarre
– Winchelsea
– Modewarre Avenue of Honour – Tree No 13

On enlistment Roy was given the rank of Driver in the 12th Reinforcement of the 2nd Field Company Engineers. Engineers, also known as sappers, were essential to the running of the war. Without them, other branches of the Allied Forces would have found it difficult to cross the muddy and shell-ravaged ground of the Western Front. Their responsibilities included constructing the lines of defence, temporary bridges, tunnels and trenches, observation posts, roads, railways, communication lines, buildings of all kinds, showers and bathing facilities, and other material and mechanical solutions to the problems associated with fighting in all theatres. They embarked from Sydney on board the RMS Mooltan on 11 December 1915 and disembarked at Suez a month later. Roy had minor surgery on 14 February 1916 and was transferred to the 12th Field Company Engineers before joining them at Tel el Kebir in April. He left from Alexandria and disembarked at Marseilles on 11 May. During June to August he entered hospital a number of times unwell eventually being transferred to England with Lotar Pneumonia in November. After recovering he stayed in England on furlough and then was briefly attached to Depot at Pelham Downs before returning to France in March 1917. By this stage the unit was located in Abbeville supporting the troops well behind the front line. He stayed with his unit until February 1918 when he was admitted to hospital again, then re-joining his unit in May. He was on leave in Paris when the armistice was signed. He re-joined his unit and in February 1919 took leave to the UK and again found himself sick. He returned to Australia per H.T. Frankfurt disembarking 20 August 1919.

 

Anzac hatGeorge Thomas HUNTER

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News of The Week

Service No:    260
Rank:            Private
Unit:             13th Light Horse Regiment, B Squadron

Born 1886, Winchelsea
Son of Thomas and Catherine Hunter from Winchelsea
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a horse breaker

George enlisted 5/01/1915 at Geelong as a single man
He embarked for overseas 28/05/1915 from Melbourne on HMAT A34 Persic
Served in Gallipoli, Cairo
Returned to Australia 11/4/1916
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Modewarre
– St Saviour’s Modewarre
– Wurdale
– Winchelsea
– Modewarre Avenue of Honour – Tree No 17

After enlisting on 5 January 1915, George was assigned to the 13th Light Horse Regiment at Broadmeadows training camp on 29 March 1915. Its regimental number quickly led to it becoming known as the “Devil’s Own” regiment. It left Australia on 28 May and disembarked in Egypt on 29 June 1915. George suffered a number of illness – gallstone colic, eye trouble, neurasthenia, flat feet and epilepsy. These kept him from shipping out with the unit to Gallipoli. During March 1916 he suffered hammer toes of both feet and subsequently on 11 April he was invalided back to Australia per ‘Runic’ from Suez for discharge.

 

Elizabeth Jane (Lila)  HUNTER

contributed by  Winchelsea RSL

contributed by Winchelsea RSL

Rank:             Matron
Unit:              Queen Alexandra Imperial Nursing Service

 

Born 9/11/1871, Wurdi Boluc
Daughter of Thomas and Catherine Hunter from Winchelsea
Her occupation prior to enlistment was as a Sister of nursing

Lila enlisted at as a single woman
She served in England
Returned to Australia 20/12/1919
Her name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wurdale

 

Mary McLean LOUGHRON

Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial

Rank:             Matron
Unit:              Nursing Unit

 

Born 2/8/1886, Winchelsea
Daughter of William and Mary Loughron
Her occupation prior to enlistment was as a nurse
Mary enlisted 1/01/1915 at as a single woman
She embarked for overseas 14/04/1915 from Melbourne on RMS Orontes
Served in France: Picardie, Somme, Abbeville
Mary was decorated with the Royal Red Cross and the 2nd Class Royal Red Cross
Returned to Australia 1/11/1919
Her name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wurdale
– Winchelsea

 

Anzac hatWilliam  MATHESON

Service No:    2484
Rank:            Private
Unit:             13th Light Horse Regiment, 21st Reinforcement

Born 1875, Winchelsea
Son of George and Elizabth Matheson from Winchelsea
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a farmer

William enlisted 2/06/1917 at Melbourne as a married man
He embarked for overseas 21/11/1917 from Melbourne on HMAT A71 Nestor
Served in France
Returned to Australia 30/4/1919
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wurdale
– Winchelsea

 

Anzac hatAllan David McCONACHYweb Wensleydale-10

Service No:    80473
Unit:              Recruit Depot Battalion

Born 27/8/1897, Wenseleydale
Son of Robert and Minnie McConachy from Wensleydale
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a farmer

Allan enlisted 27/09/1918 at Melbourne as a single man
He didn’t embark for overseas
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wurdale
– Wensleydale SS

 

Anzac hat KIALuke  MONKIVITCH

contributed by  Winchelsea RSL

contributed by Winchelsea RSL

Service No:    4086
Rank:            Lance Corporal
Unit:             29th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement

Born 1874, Colac
Son of John and Jane Monkivitch from Winchelsea
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a labourer

Luke enlisted 9/08/1916 at Melbourne as a married man
He embarked for overseas 21/10/1916 from Melbourne on HMAT A16 Port Melbourne
Served on Western Front
Killed in Action 13/10/1917
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wurdale

 

Anzac hat KIAFrederick Francis PILLAR

Service No:    3122
Rank:            Private
Unit:             37th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement

Born 1890, Portarlington
Son of Frederick and Annie Pillar from Ceres
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a labourer

Frederick enlisted 27/10/1916 at Warrnambool as a Single man
He embarked for overseas 19/02/1917 from Melbourne on HMAT A70 Ballarat
Served in Western Front
Killed in action 4/10/1917
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wurdale

 

Anzac hat KIAHarold James REYNOLDS

Rank:             Private
Unit:              100 Coy, Training Depot Seymour

Born 1890, Winchelsea
Son of James and Margaret Reynolds from Winchelsea
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a Farmer

Harold enlisted 22/07/1915 at Geelong as a single man
He didn’t embark for overseas
Died as a result of illness 31/8/1915 in training.
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wurdale
– Winchelsea

 

Anzac hatRobert John REYNOLDS

Service No:    1433
Rank:            Corporal
Unit:             29th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement

Born 1893, Winchelsea
Son of James and Margaret Reynolds from Winchelsea
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a farmer

Robert enlisted 2/08/1915 at Geelong as a single man
He embarked for overseas 10/11/1915 from Melbourne on HMAT A11 Ascanius
Served in France
Returned to Australia 25/10/1919
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wurdale
– Winchelsea

 

Anzac hatJohn Alexander STEWART

Service No:    68866
Rank:            Private
Unit:             15th General (Victorian) Reinforcements

Born 1/10/1883, Buangor, Ararat
Son of George and Ellen Stewart from Geelong
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a farmer

John enlisted 20/05/1918 at Geelong as a widowed man
He embarked for overseas 22/10/1918 from Adelaide on HMAT A36 Boonah
While in transit to combat overseas the ship was recalled on 20/12/1815
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wurdale

 

Anzac hatLuke  STRICKLAND

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Service No:    383
Rank:            Sergeant
Unit:             38th Battalion, A Company

Born 31/7/1897, Winchelsea
Son of Luke and Elizabeth Strickland from Winchelsea
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a boundary rider

Luke enlisted 15/02/1916 at Melbourne as a single man
He embarked for overseas 20/06/1916 from Melbourne on HMAT A54 Runic
Served in France, England
Returned to Australia 30/4/1919
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wensleydale SS
– Wurdale
– Winchelsea

 

Anzac hatAndrew James Woulfe TRIGGweb Wensleydale-14

Service No:    3015
Rank:            Private
Unit:             29th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement

Born 1891, Bambra
Son of James and Ann Trigg from Marcus Hill
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a farmer

Woulfe enlisted 20/01/1916 at Melbourne as a single man
He embarked for overseas 4/04/1916 from Melbourne on HMAT A14 Euripides
Served in England
Returned to Australia 25/8/1917
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wensleydale SS
– Wurdale

 

Anzac hat KIAGeorge   Everett WALTERS

Service No:    3283
Rank:            Private
Unit:             21st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement

Born 1895, Nottinghamshire, England
Son of William and Mary Walters from England
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a labourer

George   enlisted 8/07/1915 at Melbourne as a single man
He embarked for overseas 18/11/1915 from Melbourne on HMAT A18 Wiltshire
Served in France
Killed in Action 29/9/1918
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wurdale

 

Anzac hatWilliam James WEST

Service No:    6595
Rank:            Private
Unit:             7th Battalion, 21st Reinforcement

Born 1896, Wenseleydale
Son of James and Henrietta West from Wensleydale
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a groom

William enlisted 2/08/1916 at Melbourne as a single man
He embarked for overseas 2/10/1916 from Melbourne on HMAT A71 Nestor
Served in England
Returned to Australia 8/8/1919
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wensleydale SS
– Wurdale
– Winchelsea

 

Anzac hatPercy  WILKINSON

Service No:    3662
Rank:            Corporal

Unit: 22nd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
Born 1891, Geelong
Son of Thomas and Emily Wilkinson from West Melbourne

His occupation prior to enlistment was as a mechanic
Percy enlisted 15/07/1915 at Geelong as a single man
He embarked for overseas 5/01/1916 from Melbourne on HMAT A19 Afric
Served in France
Returned to Australia 23/6/1919
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Wensleydale SS
– Wurdale

 

Anzac hatHerbert Johann Alfred WINKLERweb Wensleydale-4

Service No:    488
Rank:            Private
Unit:             13th Light Horse Regiment

Born 9/7/1890, Connewarre
Son of August and Ottilia Winkler from Freshwater Creek
His occupation prior to enlistment was as a labourer

Herbert enlisted 11/12/1914 at Geelong as a single man
He embarked for overseas 28/05/1915 from Melbourne on HMAT A34 Persic
Served in Gallipoli
Returned to Australia 8/5/1916
His name is listed on the following memorials / honour boards:
– Barrabool & Sth Barwon Shire
– Wurdale
– Wensleydale SS
– Winchelsea

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