Frederick Almonde Coe was teaching at St Thomas' Grammar School, Essendon, when he enlisted in February 1916. The image above shows the Vickers medium machine gun on which Coe trained, and later operated in France. Rod Martin describes how the machine gun crews operated, and the outcome of Frederick's part in the war.
From the State Library of Victoria collection, H99.166/52.
This fellow was photographed at Leighton Studios, 14 Margaret St, Moonee Ponds. He may well not have been a local, but on the other hand, it is worth considering that he was a local. One of the older fellows in his late 30s. If anyone should recognise him, please get in touch.
Gunner Les Rossi, back row, far left, trained in Swanage, England with reinforcements of 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column. They embarked for France on 10 Feb 1917, where Les was subsequently transferred to the 4th Divisional Ammunition Column. Please get in touch if you recognise any of the men in the above photo.
Standing on the left is Les Rossi's brother, who enlisted as Francis Ross. Frank embarked with the 18th Reinforcements of the 23 Infantry Battalion. This photo was taken in Melbourne prior to embarkation, but his comrade is unknown. Photos courtesy of Bron Rossi.
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.