Until a couple of years ago, I didn’t realise that David and I had so many family members in our extended family networks who had been lost in military conflicts and also in peacetime too … many lie on the Western Front of WW1. One was killed in South Africa during the Boer War, another fell on April 25 1915 at Gallipoli, and another at Gallipoli a month later. When we visited Gallipoli in 2006 and 2014, we didn’t realise that they were honoured at Gallipoli. We visited Bomana in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in October 2015 and Kanchanburi, Thailand, where we visited the graves of members of our families. And in the future we have the Western Front on our Bucket List, which would include visits to Ypres and Villers Bretonneux, once things settle down in France and Belgium.
We also visited the Australian War Memorial in Canberra in September 2014, and photographed the panels containing many of those from our families. And then found there are more to be added still.
And as our family history research continues, there are possibly even more to be to found sadly – Back in 2014 we identified a little over 30 of our families who died in military events – by early 2017 that number has grown to about 60. .. so many stories yet to be uncovered and memories to be honoured. Lest We Forget.
KerrieAnne’s Family Network
- Arthur James Alexander – WW2 (Bradley Family) – 1st Australian Army Services Corps – Thai – Burma Railway – Kanchanaburi
- Kenneth John Ansoul N286250 – WW2 – ( 1919 – 1943 – New Guinea) – was part of the 36th Battalion in the Second AIF – AWM Roll of Honour entry – Bomana A1. B. 6.
- Allan Henry Avard – WW1 – 35th Battalion AIF – Bailleul – 1.2.1917
- David Henry Avard – WW1 – 19th Battalion AIF – Villers Bretonneux – 3.5.1917
- Frederick Avard – Boer War – NSW Lancers – Carolina, Mpumalanga, South Africa ?
- Joseph Montague Monty Dwyer – WW2 (McKenzie Family) – 2/12th AIF Battalion – Bomana – A2. C. 5
- Russell George Goldsworthy – WW2 (Bradley Family) – 2/22nd AIF Battalion – Rabaul
- Lyle Hicks – WW2 – 2/9th AIF Battalion – Bomana
- Allan Vincent Charles Hurlock – WW2 (Hicks Connection) – 2/14th AIF Battalion – Bomana – B5. F. 14
- Harry Julian – WW2 (Hicks Family connection) – Airforce – Woronora
- Alfred (Arthur) Harold Lawler – WW1 (Bradley Family)- 18th AIF Battalion – Villers Bretonneux – 4.8.1916
- Bernard Hector McCosker – WW1 – 33rd AIF Battalion – killed in 1917 in Belgium – Bethleem Farm West Cemetery, Flanders, Belgium – 14.7.1917
- Hector Gordon Roch McCosker – WW2 – RAAF – 25 Operational Training RAF – Accidentally killed – Holy Trinity and St Oswald Churchyard Extension, Finningley, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
- Leo Clieve John McCosker – WW2 – 2/18th Australian Infantry Battalion – Missing Believed Killed – Fall of Singapore – Kranji War Cemetery, Kranji, Singapore
- Charles Alexander McCosker – WW2 – HMAS Perth – Sunda Strait, Netherlands East Indies – Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom
- Edward Peter Murphy (Hicks Family connection) – WW1 – 55th Battalion Fromelles – Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, Bethune, Nord Pas de Calais, France
- Robert Bruce Newlands – WW1 – 3rd Battalion, Ypres 2.10.1917 – commemorated at Menin Gate – ADFA entry
- Robert Pidgeon – WW1 (Bradley Family)- Wellington Regiment NZ – ADANAC MILITARY CEMETERY, MIRAUMONT – 2.9.1918
- Herbert Charles Rogers – WW2 (Hicks Family) – 2/2nd AIF Battalion – Sananda – Bomana
- Archibald Hugh Sheather – WW1 (McKenzie Family) – 41st AIF Battalion – Picardie – 12.8.1918
- Edward Henry Sheather – WW1 (McKenzie Family) – 49th AIF Battalion – Villers Bretonneux – 20.10.1918
- John Robert Swaysland – WW1 (Waters Family) – 9th AIF Battalion – Villers Bretonneux – 23.7.1916
- George Walker – WW1 (Bradley Family) – NZ – Auckland Mounted Rifles – CATERPILLAR VALLEY (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL – 15.11.1917
- Charles Francis Weatherstone – WW1 – 9th AIF Battalion – Merville – 28.4.1916
- George Weatherstone – WW1 – 41st AIF Battalion – Strand Belgium 2.6.1917
- Lennox Samuel Bertram Woodhouse – WW2 (Small – Bradley Families)- 3 Reserve Motor Transport Company – Thai Burma Railway – Kanchanaburi
David’s Family Network
- Lex William Hickson Adams 1201945- Vietnam (Hibbs Family), partner to Lisa Maree Cosgrove (Hibbs Family) 2nd Battalion RAR KIA Nui Dat Battle of Tan Ru (“In the thick of the battle Lex A was not so lucky. As the battle was raging very fiercely, Lex A exposed himself to enemy fire when he threw a grenade. A few moments later he threw another grenade from exactly the same position and he was fatally wounded in the neck by small arms fire.”) – 31.3.1971 – 1, 2,
- Albert Bates – WW1 (Green Family) – 55th AIF Battalion – Picardie – Killed in Action, 02-09-1918 in France, buried 1918 in Heilly Station, Mericourt-L’Abbe, France.
- Noel Jack Brindle – WW2 (Hibbs Family) – 36th AIF – accidentally killed in truck accident in Singleton Australia – Rookwood Necropolis, Rookwood
- Norbert Joseph Byrnes – WW1 (Hibbs Family) – 47th AIF Battalion – Ypres – Menin Gate – 9.8.1917
- Victor Keith Caiger – WW2 (Green Family) – RAAF – Flying accident – Laverton – 1943
- Reginald Francis Canavan – WW2 (Hibbs Family) – RAF – Campbelltown Scotland
- George William Carr – WW1 (Hibbs Family) – 2nd AIF Battalion – 23.7.1916 Pozieres – Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
- Harry Dene Cook – died 1964 in HMAS Voyager disaster)- (Green Family) 1964 – Rookwood
- Gordon Cooper – WW2 (Green Family) – RAAF – Murray Bridge South Australia
- Joseph William Costin – WW1 (Green Family) – 9th AIF Battalion – Lone Pine Gallipoli – ANZAC Landing April 1915
- Adrian Croese – WW1 (Green Family) – 1917 Armentieres – ADFA entry
- Albert James Hibbs Edmonds – WW1 (Hibbs Family) – 35th AIF Battalion – Bethleem Farm – 29.7.1917
- Edward Allen Fountain – WW1 (Green Family) – 2nd AIF Battalion
- Raymond George Fountain – WW1 – Green Family – 18th AIF Battalion
- Clarence Henry “Harry” Green – served at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. He was awarded the Military Medal and killed in WW1 in 1917.
- Thomas Francis Henry Green – WW1 (Green Family) – NZ – Lone Pine Gallipoli – 30 May 1915
- Harry Hamilton Peade – WW2 (Green Family) – Syria – 1943
- Frederick Keith Johnson – WW1 (Green Family) – At sea onboard troopship HMAT Benalla during WW1 – ADFA entries –1, 2
- Leslie Roy Phillip Johnson – WW2 (Green Family)- 67th Infantry Battalion – Yokohama
- Thomas Johnson – WW2 (Hibbs Family) – he was believed to have been killed in WW1. However the NSW BDM Register has his birth in 1911 (Reg. No. 14605/1911)- so it would not have been possible for him to have served in WW1. He did however serve in the 2/17th Battalion in WW2 and is buried at Lae, PNG.
- Herbert Augustine Kelly – WW1 (Hibbs Family) – 20th Battalion AIF – Ypres – Menin Gate – 20.9.1917
- Herbert John Kelly – WW2 (Hibbs Family) – 6th Division Signals – Colombo
- Charles Leonarder – WW2 (Green Family) (1918 – 1942) – 2/12 Field Company killed in the fall of Singapore – 15.2.1942
- Sydney Frank Loughlin – WW1 (Green Family) – 2nd Australian Field Artillery Brigade – Ypres – The Huts Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium – 17.10.1917
- Richard Francis Neville – WW2 (Hibbs Family) – 2/9th Battalion – Milne Bay PNG – note he served as Harris.
- Charles Lindsay Norman – WW1 (Hibbs Family) – 1st Australian Machine Gun Company – Ypres – Menin Gate – 26.09.1917
- Kenneth Hastings Poynting (Poynton) – WW2 (Hibbs Family) – RAF – Surrey
- Victor Wentworth Robins – WW1 (Green Family) – 2nd AIF Battalion – Picardie – Hermies Hill British Cemetery, Hermies, Picardie – 9.4.1917
- Arthur Edward Harrison Salter – WW2 (Green Family) – 18 Camp Hospital – Australia
- William Tighe – WW1 (Hibbs Family) – Pozieres 1916 – Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France – 5.8.1916
- Jack Alister Whitelaw – Belgium 1917 – commemorated at Menin Gate Memorial – ADFA entry
- Thomas Desmond Charles Woods – WW1 (Hibbs Family) – 42nd AIF Battalion – Ypres – Menin Gate – 4.10.1917
- William Arthur Woods DCM – served in WII & killed in Korea – 3rd RAR – Busan (Hibbs Family)
John Daniel Alderton, husband of May Kerim (Hibbs family) was believed to have served and died in Vietnam. However he is not on the AWM Roll of Honour. Rather there is a service record for a soldier of this name who served in the 2/18th Battalio,n who was a POW in Changi and on the Sumatra Railway in WW2. He survived and lived until 1960, which is confirmed in Allen Maunder’s Sailing on the Hibbs Line and in his WW2 Service Record. However his 1960 death in Concord Repatriation Hospital has been attributed, in the Hibbs family, to the injuries he sustained as a POW of the Japanese. He is commemorated on the POW Memorial at Ballarat. – See WikiTree entry.
Sidney George Franklin (1897 – 1953) – WW1 – 30th AIF Battalion returned to Australia in 1917 – then enlisted in the Navy in WW2
- Boer War
Frederick Avard – S/N – 507 -b. 22-12-1879 Berry Park d. 10-10-1900 Carolina, Sth Africa; Boer War – NSW Lancers – BWM Record – Buried at British Military Cemetery Ermelo, Transvaal RSA- see Find A Grave entry. Photo. He was a “Gold Medal” shooter for the NSW Lancers. Australian Light Horse Studies Centre mention. “The Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 : from the Hunter Valley to the Transvaal with Trooper Frederick Avard of the New South Wales Lancers” / Leslie H. Perrett – NLA Catalogue – State Library NSW Catalogue – Singleton Argus – May 30 2014 – Australian Reserve Forces – Maitland Boer War Memorial – photo – Memorial Plaque in Maitland – Lancers web site of wounding & death – Military History Tours photos –
David Henry Avard S/N 3752 – b. 01-09-1893 Maitland East d. 03-05-1917 Bullicourt, France, WW1. 20th Battalion and appointed to 19th Battalion in January 1917. Awarded Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal – Honours and Awards – Gazette. Field commission to 2nd lieutenant. Served in Middle East & France. Red Cross – Wounded & Missing Entry. Buried near the Railway Embankment at Villers Bretonneux – but site not located by November 1923 – Memorial at Villers Bretonneux, France. WW1 Cemeteries – Villers Bretonneux. Grave Registration Document. ADFA – No known Grave. AWM Roll of Honour. Find A Grave entry. Commendation from General Birdwood. Wright Family, Gillywood Family and Avard Family – Rootsweb Entry – ANZAC – Somme website.
Lyle Hicks and Herbert Charles “Bert” Rogers were killed at Buna and Gona New Guinea respectively – both during the last stages of the Kokoda campaign in late 1942. Lyle Hicks & Bert Rogers – Last Post Ceremony at Australian War Memorial – September 26 & 27 2014
Lyle and Bert lie at the Bomana Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery in Port Moresby New Guinea – Lyle’s CWGC gravestone photo B8.E.1, and Bert’s CWGC gravestone photo A5.C.9 – see more & also Kokoda Treks Information
Archibald Hugh “Artie” Sheather (b. December 29 1882 Palmers Island – d. August 12 1918 France). Enlisted in AIF at Kureen Cairns in 1916 – see Cairns Post mention January 26 1916 – 41st Infantry Battalion – Recorded as Missing or Wounded – Killed in Action – buried Heath Cemetery Harbonnieres, France, plot 11 row H grave 17 – photo on War Graves Photo project – mentions in Brisbane Courier December 6 1917 (injured) and Northern Star Lismore November 7 1918 he is recorded on the Maclean War Memorial and on the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour – Notification to Family – which notes that he had attended Maclean Public School and been active in the Yamba Surf Life Saving Brigade, as well as the Maclean Football, Rowing & Bicycle Clubs.
Edward John “Ted” Sheather (b. September 26 1884 in Palmers Island – d. October 20 1918 France). Enlisted in AIF at Toumoulin North Queensland in 1916 – 52nd Infantry Battalion & later 49th Battalion – Recorded as Missing or Wounded in Action – Killed in Action – Dying of Broncho-Pneumonia in the 41st Stationary Hospital Somme – buried October 21 1918 Villers Bretonneux Military Cemetery Fouilloy France plot xvii row AA grave 9) – photo via War Graves Photo project – mentions in Northern Star Lismore November 7 1918 and Brisbane Courier December 2 1918 – he is recorded on the Maclean War Memorial and on the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour – Notification to Family – which notes that he had attended Maclean and Grafton Public Schools and was in the Ravenshoe Rifle Club.
Lennox Samuel Bertram Woodhouse S/N NX68607 b. 22-08-1909 Camden d. 22-12-1943 due to illness in Thailand – buried Kanchanaburi Thailand – POW record – on the Burma Railway – Hellfire Pass ?- Gravestone War Graves Photographic Project – Roll of Honour – 3rd Reserve Motor Transport Company AASC – history – Commemoration Australia
John Robert Swaysland – S/N 2905 – Roll of Honour – b. d. 23-7-1916 Pozieres – 9th Infantry Battalion – War Diary – no known grave – Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France – Memorial War Graves Photographic Project – Find a Grave – Red Cross Wounded & Missing entry
Charles Francis “Charlie” Weatherstone – S/N 2901 – d April 1916 – 9th Battalion – War Diary – amongst the first Australian casualties on the Western Front at Rouge de Bois Flanders ahead of those lost at Fromelles in July 1916 – buried at Merville France – Unit Diary entry for April 20 1916 – photographs in Australia & France via War Graves Photo project
- Not Just a Name on the Wall
- WW1 – Order of Battle – Ross Mallett – hosted by UNSW @ADFA
- ANZAC – Maps of World War I
- Commemoration Australia
- How to Research Family History – Australian Army Guide
- TIGS Library Guide to WWI – Research Guide – Melbourne High School Library
- DVA information on Western Front War 1 Memorials
- Western Front Remembrance Trail
- Commemoration Australia.
- Matthew Smith MA Thesis – War Graves and Commemoration