This blog is a companion to the Database of Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Northern Golf Club Roll of Honour

The Roll of Honour at the Northern Golf Club, Glenroy, of which 
many Essendon and Flemington men were members.  Photo courtesy 
of the Northern Golf Club, 2013.

The Northern Golf Club had its origins with the Essendon Golf Club which commenced in 1896 on rented paddocks in Essendon, but in 1912 a meeting of members decided to form a land company to buy land of their own.   In 1913 a new club was formed, including members from the Essendon, Moreland, and Royal Melbourne Clubs.  The Opening Day was held on 24 April 1913, the centenary of which is fast approaching.  Those members which have been identified as being from the Essendon and Flemington areas can be found on this page.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates

Here's a source I knew nothing about until Geoff Haynes drew it to my attention with this entry in the Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators’ Certificates, 1910-1950, now included in Ancestry.  Roger Eastwood left Australia with 7 Inf Bn, but while in Egypt in 1915 received a commission in the British Army, and thereafter served with the 1st Essex Regiment.  And evidently learnt to fly while he had the opportunity!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force, 1915

Taken at the Liverpool Camp, NSW
These men were from the 'Victorian Quota' of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force which was formed quickly in 1914 and dispatched to Rabaul, New Britain, to seize and destroy German wireless stations in the south–west Pacific.  Private James Cason Livesay is seated at far left of the middle row.  Any further identifications would be welcome.  James left Victoria in December or November (his enlistment date and embarkation in his records date are incompatible!), and returned to Victoria in December 1915 at the termination of his engagement.  Photo courtesy of Geoff Haynes.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Local sportsman answers the call

Bill Liston of Lincoln Rd, Essendon answered the call for recruits to help in the Middle East.  While in France he was struck by the number of locals whom he saw.  "It is just like walking up Puckle-st here, at times: you run across so many chaps from Essendon way.Rod Martin tells Bill's story, and the struggle of the 22nd battalion in the very bad winter of 1916-17 against trench feet in the wet and muddy trenches.

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Tribute to the Boys

The Essendon City Council presented these certificates to the local volunteers for "Gallant Services rendered".  This one was presented to Gunner E J Weatherley. Courtesy of Christine Love.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cable for Mrs Anderson of Bowen St, Moonee Ponds

This cablegram was sent by Don Anderson to his sister-in-law to let her know that her husband, his brother Jim, had been wounded.  In a masterpiece of brevity, the message reads "Jim slightly wounded splendid".   Image by courtesy of Bev Armstrong.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

22 Inf Bn trainees at Broadmeadows, 1915

Trainees at the Broadmeadows Army Training Camp, Melbourne in about July 1915
Allen Evans' grandfather, Walter Napper Scott, is second from left in the back row. He would love to know who the others in the photo were, and he thinks he has found a clue to their identity in his grandfather's notebook, which contains the following list of names: Gus Stelling, Bill Sertees, Bill Liston, Frank Tribe, Malcolm, Norm, Harry.

Allen has described his grandfather's experiences with the 22 Infantry Battalion in a post titled At the Broadmeadows Army Training Camp in the First World War, and also the post-war suffering of his pal Bill Liston, A First World War soldier who suffered years later.

 Allen would appreciate anyone who recognises one of the men in this photo getting in touch.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sergeant Vick of Kensington

Fromelles, November 1916.  Looking from the north-east corner of the Sugar Loaf towards the starting point for the 15 Brigade attack. AWM E04030.
Cpl Albert Vick of Barnett St, Kensington survived the battle of Fromelles in 1916.  The attrition at this battle probably led to his promotion to sergeant not long afterwards.  Within a few months Albert and the 29th Battalion went into action at Trones Wood.  Rod Martin relates Sgt Vick's story.