No 2915 Private Ernest (Ern) Edward Warry is standing in the back row, fourth from the left. Ern left Australia in September 1915 on the Hororata with the 9th Reinforcements of the 14th Infantry Battalion. Working on the theory that recruits tended to stay in the group with which they originally enlisted, I had a look at the Embarkation Nominal Roll (AWM) on which Ern appeared, to see if I could recognise any names, and in particular whether anyone in that group came from Kensington. If you look carefully at the fellow on the far right of the middle row you will see that he inscribed "Kensington" on his hatband. Sure enough, there was a young fellow from Kensington - a William Henry Webster, 19, a jeweller from Kensington. This identification is not certain, but it is worth considering. A name I actually did recognise was No 2911 Henry Leonard Wallis, a young fellow from Moonee Ponds, photos of whom I have at my disposal. I am confident that the young man seated in the middle row, second from the right, is Leonard Wallis. If anyone has a relative in this Embarkation Nominal Roll, it is possible that they may be in this photo. Please get in touch if you can identify anyone. Needless to say, most of them are not local to Essendon and Flemington, but from right round Victoria.
I have created a number of local history projects for which you will find links on this blog. I am a community historian (ie, not paid) living in Essendon. The content of my Empire Called database (see the link to the PBWorks website) is the result of nearly 25 years' research. I began collecting material for the database of local WW1 volunteers in the early 1990s, beginning with hand transcriptions of Honour Boards in local schools, churches, clubs and so on. It was after this that the National Archives of Australia began making digitised service records available online, followed by the Australian War Memorial uploading Embarkation Rolls of the Australian Imperial Force. The Empire Called blog is a companion for the PBWorks website of the same name.
Time Travellers in Essendon and Flemington is set up in the same way, with a website and a blog to report additions to the website. The website is a vehicle to publish longer pieces of research that are too long for newsletters. It also includes various indexes I have worked on for many years, plus photos from various sources which I date and describe in greater detail. You may find something of use for your research.