Private Henry Francis O'Neill landed at Gallipoli with the 7th Infantry Battalion on 25 April 1915. On the last day of the war, Lieutenant O'Neill was still with his Battalion, having survived the whole war and everything the Germans and the Allies could throw at him. In this picture he is standing in the doorway of 7th Battalion headquarters. Rod Martin tells his story.
Sapper Frederick Ryall Dart of Moonee Ponds developed an early interest in wireless and signals. After completing four years of Senior Cadets with the 58A Cadets in Moonee Ponds, Dart joined the 21st Signal Troop, Citizens Military Force, which trained at South Melbourne. When he enlisted in 1917 aged 18 he was assigned to the Wireless Training School. The Armistice was made before he attained his 19th birthday and probable overseas embarkation. Dart continued his interest in the military after he war, and a copy of his eventual discharge certificate in 1921 can be seen here.
Private Alfred (Fred) Aspinall grew up in Kensington. He had been a member of the Holy Trinity Church of England choir as a lad, and as a teenager developed an interest in physical culture and boxing. He also attended drill with the 64th Infantry Battalion, CMF at the drill hall in Victoria Street, Melbourne. The photograph courtesy of Kim Phillips of Spirits of Gallipoli, shows Fred as a Senior Cadet. Sheila Byard examines the record of Fred Aspinall who fell at the landing at Gallipoli.
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. 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.