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

Monday, October 25, 2021

2nd Lieutenant Vivian Garner and the Lost Plaque

 2nd Lieutenant Vivian Gilber Garner was featured with the story of his service in the AIF on The Empire Called and I Answered website.  The story was written by Rod Martin, whose name is well-known by followers of this blog, and published back in 2011.   

I was pleased to notice Vivian's photo pop up in my blog roll on the Lost Medals Australia blog, as Glyn Llanwarne managed to trace a relative to whom he could return a lost plaque.  Glyn's story of tracing the relatives (Viv left no descendants) is an interesting one, made even more so by the story of the relative, Bill Garner.

I commend both stories, linked above,  to readers.

Sapper Hermann Taylor, a casualty of typhoid, 1916

 Military Infectious Diseases Hospital, Choubra, Egypt, November 1915.

Hermann Taylor was performing clerical duties at the AIF Headquarters, Cairo, when he was stricken with typhoid and taken to the Choubra Military Infectious Diseases Hospital.  Rod Martin takes a look at Hermann's fairly short term of military service for Australia.  You can read the full article here.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

John Hunt Kelleher , a Lost Boy

John Hunt Kelleher's brother Wilfred Kelleher, who served, not with the AIF, but two prison terms at Her Majesty's Pleasure.

We always expect a good yarn from Marilyn Kenny, and this time is no exception.   Robberies, police raids, lost wills, orphaned children, 'Pompey' Elliott taking a dunking into the Somme - this story has everything. 

Who will be the beneficiary of John's estate?   His twin sister Grace, whom he named as his Next of Kin, or the ne'er do well brother Wilfred? 

Grab a fresh cup of tea, and sit back and click here for the story of John Hunt  Kelleher, the Lost Boy.