Elliott was the commanding officer of the 58th Infantry Battalion (Essendon Rifles), Citizens' Military Force in 1914. He subsequently raised the 7th Infantry Battalion, AIF and went on to become one of Australia's great WW1 military leaders.
Hardiman's Hotel, Macaulay Road, Kensington, was formerly the Clarence Hotel, and home of three Hardiman brothers who enlisted in the Great War. This is one of the sites we will be visiting on tomorrow's heritage walk.
Kevin Hardiman was badly wounded in France in 1917 and had his leg amputated.
Gerald Hardiman was wounded at Lone Pine, and discharged from the AIF in 1916, medically unfit.
The third brother, Robert Vincent Hardiman, who was the manager of the hotel when he enlisted at the age of 23 in 1917, went to Rabaul with the Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. He was discharged in December 1918 when the AIF was demobilised, and died five months later.
A vist to the school in 2010 did not produce any information as to whether there was ever an honour board for the pupils of the school who volunteered for the First World War. The small centenary history of the school produced in 1981 does not mention a board, nor can any reference be found in the online Argus to indicate that one was installed. It would be very unusual if an honour board was not installed, so perhaps one was removed many years ago. If anyone has any information about such a board, a photograph, or a list of names from the board, please get in touch.
In the meantime I am slowly assembling a list of volunteers from the school who volunteered in the First World War, any additional information is very welcome.
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.