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

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Roy Easton writes from Egypt

Pte Roy Easton died of wounds after a trench raid in 1916.  The originals and copies of  his letters to his family in 1915 and 1916 were lodged in the Australian War Memorial, and copies kindly provided by Lynn Haines and added to Easton's webpage.

Now listen while I tell you this, we have had a nice little stroll across the desert from our last camp, a distance of perhaps ? miles, I am not quite sure but think that's about correct, we left Sunday morning at 6 o'clock and had a pretty good morning of it, had a good spell for dinner which consisted of bully beef and biscs. and proceeded, put up for the night at ----, very pretty little hamlet (I don't think) the next morning up again at 4 o'clock and proceeded with the business till dinner time, had another spell and again imshied, which is, being interpreted "moved on", until the shades of evening, when we put up for the night on the grassless paddock at ----, and on the morning of the third day we again imshied on our way with the usual rests, quavers, and semi quavers, and by the evening thereof we were here, do you happen to know of any of the stopping places mentioned?  Anyway,  or anyhow, whichever way you like it we had a fairly long walk carrying a fairly heavy bundle over fairly heavy sand and fairly and truly we were fairly tired out and absolutely pleased with the job was done and over, am just beginning to feel fit again now, yrs truly is beginning to get Egyptitis, that is to say, is always very pleased to hear that there is to be a move to some other part, and up to the present we have been fortunate as we have had a bit of a peripatetic holiday, but fair dink will not be sorry to see green fields and rabbits again.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Soldier's photo identified

This Darge photo was originally identified as S D C Simmon in the AWM collection, but they have lately agreed with my identification of that photo as D C Simmons, and have advised me that they will change the catalogue accordingly.
This photo of D C Simmons comes from a publication called  A Tribute to those employees of The Metropolitan Gas Company who served in The Great War.   

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Flemington-Kensington Roll of Honour

A small bound volume of newsletters donated back the Church after the fire of 1970.
The first issue of the Flemington Presbyterian Church News was published in January 1917.  It contained details of the busy schedule of  church meetings, hatches, matches and dispatches, and news of their boys at the front.   In August 1917 a Roll of Honour appeared, which would have formed the basis of the subsequent Honour Boards which were hung in the church.  You can see the names of the parish members who volunteered for service on this page, courtesy of St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, Flemington.

As time goes on I will provide a link to each of the volunteers from that page.

British Red Cross volunteers records to be digitised

The charity will recruit 100 volunteers to create an online archive of Voluntary Aid Detachment index cards of civilians who contributed to the war effort.

The British Red Cross has been awarded an £80,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve and digitise historic documents detailing the work of volunteers during the First World War.

As part of the project to commemorate the centenary of the war, the BRC will recruit 100 volunteers to create a free and publicly available online archive of 244,000 Voluntary Aid Detachment index cards.

These paper cards include details of nurses, ambulance drivers and seamstresses who contributed to the war effort. They were organised on a county basis and allocated to carry out a variety of roles between 1914 and 1918.

See the full story at Third Sector

First seen at GeneaNet 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Flemington-Kensington Presbyterian Church

This is the former Flemington Presbyterian Church in Norwood St, Newmarket, which was burnt to the ground in 1970. The site is currently occupied by St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, which uses the old Sunday School building, just visible in the photo at the back of the church.

The photo was taken in 1943 by Alan Elliott, and located in Trove by the Organ Historical Trust of Australia.  

 I was hoping to get a photograph of the WW1 Honour Roll, but missed it by 43 years. If anyone just happens to have a photo (or transcript) of the Roll of Honour, which was a very large one, I understand, I would love to hear from you. Also if you have relatives who served who were associated with the church before the war. So far I know that Gus Stelling and Roy Easton were members of that congregation.