In 2015 Australia will commemorate the centenary of the Great War. To aid research on your family members, or names commemorated on district memorials, the RHSV will hold a workshop
on Tuesday 17th April 1.30 to 4 pm at RHSV Headquarters, 239 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne.
Presenters will be:
Lenore Frost “Official and unofficial sources” An RHSV Volunteer “WW1 holdings in the RHSV collection” Andrew Kilsby “The use of Unit War Diaries at the AWM”.
Attendees will receive a Bibliography of sources and RHSV holdings.
Cost: $20.00 for members, $30.00 for non-members
Bookings essential: phone 9326 9288 or email email@example.com
Australian troops prepare to attack at Bullecourt, May 1917. Australian War Memorial Collection.
Horace Lang was a twenty-two year old clerk from North Street, Ascot Vale when he joined up in March 1915. He arrived in the Middle East in time to see service on the Gallipoli Peninsual, and later took part in operations in France. His brother Sergeant Thomas Lang of the NZEF subsequently died of illness in Cairo in 1918. See Rod Martin's story of Horace Lang's part in the Great War.
Trooper George Ross of the 4th Light Horse Regiment sent home this sentimental photo of himself with his sister Kate Ross inset at the top. Kate went on to marry Pte James Simonsen, who served with the 4th Field Ambulance in Gallipoli and France. George Ross served entirely in the Middle East, and probably took part in the famous Charge of the Light Horse at Beersheba in 1917. Photo courtesy of Jim Rowley.
Arthur Streeton: Bellicourt: entrance to St.
Quentin Tunnel (AWM ART03517)
Just two months after the death of his younger brother Alex near Amien in July 1918, Alfred Nelson was killed in the Battle of St Quentin Canal. Originally buried at Amiens, Alex was exhumed an reburied in the Villers-Bretonneux Cemetery. Alfred's body was never identified. He is commemoriated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. Read Rod Martin's stories of Pte Alfred Nelson and of Pte Alexander Nelson, two young men from Kensington.
James Simonsen of Ascot Vale enlisted with the AIF in May 1915, and spent some time on Gallipoli and in Egypt before moving on to France. He embarked with the 6th Field Ambulance, later transferring to the 12th Field Ambulance. After the war James returned to work at the Cordite Factory, Maribyrnong, where he had been apprenticed before the war. Grandson Jim Rowley tells James' story here.
Alex Nelson, as an 18 year old, had to get his mother's permission to enlist in June 1915. He embarked with the 8 Inf Battalion, but over the next three years made a number of transfers to other units, including the 60th Infantry Battalion, the 5th Pioneer Battalion, the 3rd Field Ambulance, and finally the 6th Light Mortar Battery. Rod Martin relates Alex's story here.
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.