Monthly Archives: December 2017

James Simpson

James SIMPSON

Per his military service record (regimental no. 4928), James Simpson was born at Hollytown, Scotland.[1] He gave his age as 30 years, his marital status as single, and his occupation as iron and steel smelting. His description on his Certificate of Medical Examination was height 5 feet 6 ¾ inches tall, with a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and black hair. His religious denomination was Presbyterian. He claimed that he had no previous military service.

He completed his medical examination, and was attested by Lieutenant F. Middenway, at Springwood on 8th November 1915 (the day the Coo-ees arrived at Springwood).

After the Coo-ee March he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

On 4th February 1916 Private Simpson was charged with being absent without leave for 1 day from the Liverpool Camp. He was fined 5 shillings.

On 22nd February 1916 he was charged with being absent without leave for 4 days. He was fined 2 pounds.

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was not listed. His next of kin is listed as his sister, Miss L. Simpson, Midcot, Mossend, Lanarkshire, Scotland.[2]

On 8th March 1916 Private Simpson, along with many of the other Coo-ees, departed Sydney on the HMAT A15 Star of England with the 15th reinforcements for the 13th Battalion, and arrived in Egypt on the 11th April 1916.

On 16th April 1916 Private Simpson was transferred to the 4th Pioneer Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir.

On 15th May 1916 Private Simpson was sent to the 12th Australian Field Ambulance sick. He was discharged on 19th May 1916.

On 4th June 1916 Private Simpson left Alexandria aboard the Transport Scotian bound for France.  He arrived at Marseilles on 11th June 1916.

After serving with the 4th Pioneer Battalion in France for 6 months, on 14th December 1916 Private Simpson was sent to the 13th Australian Field Ambulance sick with Diarrhoea. He was sent to the ANZAC Rest Station later that day. He was discharged and rejoined his unit on 31st December 1916.

On 21st July 1917 Private Simpson was sent to the 13th Australian Field Ambulance sick. He was moved back to the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station. On 23rd July 1917 he was placed aboard the 12th Ambulance Train and on 26th July 1917 he was admitted to the 39th General Hospital at Le Harve, France.

He was discharged from hospital and marched into the 4th Australian Base Depot at Le Harve on 6th September 1917.

On 10th September 1917 Private Simpson was readmitted sick to the 39th General Hospital. He was discharged to the 1st Australian Clearning Station on 26th September 1917.

He rejoined the 4th Pioneer Battalion on 17th January 1918.

On 5th March 1918 Private Simpson was charged with being absent without leave from 0900 on 26th February 1918 till 1530 on 5th March 1918. He was fined 18 days pay.

On 14th October 1918 Private Simpson was granted leave to England. He rejoined the 4th Pioneer Battalion on 30th October 1918.

On 27th January 1919 Private Simpson marched into the Australian Base Depot at Le Harve to commence his return to England.

On 10th February 1919 Private Simpson departed the 4th Australian Division Base Depot at Le Harve for England. He arrived at Weymouth, England, on 11th February 1919.

On 1st July 1919 Private Simpson left England on the H.T. Frankfurt bound for Australia.

He arrived in Australia on 21st August 1919.

He was discharged termination of period of enlistment on 13th October 1919.

 

[1] NAA B2455, SIMPSON JAMES

[2] Australian War Memorial. First World War Embarkation Roll, James Simpson,  4928.

Richard Gilbert Clarence WRIGLEY

Richard Gilbert Clarence WRIGLEY

Per his military service record (regimental no. N214093), Richard Gilbert Clarence Wrigley was born in Gilgandra, N.S.W.[1] He gave his age as 22 years and 3 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as horse breaking. His description on his Certificate of Medical Examination form was 5 feet 7 inches tall, weight 10 stone, with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and fair hair. His religious denomination was recorded as being Anglican. He claimed to have 18 months previous military service with the Gilgandra  9th Light Horse Regiment.

His next of kin was recorded on his Australian Imperial Force Attestation Paper of Persons Enlisted for Service Abroad form as his father, Mr T. J. Wrigley, Post Office, Gilgandra.

“Dick” Wrigley was reported to having mounted the platform following an appeal for recruits at another soldier’s farewell in Gilgandra on 21st October 1915, and the Gilgandra Weekly reported that ‘“Dick” will pick up the “Coo-ees” at Wallerawang’.[2]

He completed his medical examination at Gilgandra on 26th October 1915 (16 days after the start of the Coo-ee March).

Along with Tyson Ryan, also from Gilgandra, he caught up with the Coo-ees, and was attested by Captain A. C. Eade at Lawson on 7th November 1915 (the day the Coo-ees rested at Lawson).

After completing the Coo-ee March he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment.

Trooper Wrigley was apprehended by the civil police on24th December 1915 for being drunk and absent without leave for four days. On 30th December 1915 he was charged with being absent without leave for two days on 29th and 30th December.  He was fined  £1 and forfeited 2 days pay.

Private “Dick” Wrigley and Corporal “Bill” Hitchen were given a send-off at the Australian Hall in Gilgandra on Monday 20th March 1916.[3]

On the 4th May 1916 Trooper Wrigley was posted as a deserter from Menangle Park. On 19th May 1916 a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The warrant was withdrawn on 30th January 1919.

 

[1] NAA: B2455, WRIGLEY R G C

[2] ‘Another for the Front’, Gilgandra Weekly, 29 October 1915,  p. 12. Retrieved December 1, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119923921

[3] ‘Good-bye!’, Gilgandra Weekly, 24 March 1916, p. 25. Retrieved December 1, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119923643

 

John BARTLEY

John BARTLEY

Per his military service record (Depot), John Bartley was born at Ballarat, Victoria.[1] He gave his age as 33 years and 4 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as shearer. His description on his Certificate of Medical Examination was 5 feet 7 inches tall, weight 168 lbs., with a dark complexion, brown eyes, and black hair. His religious denomination was Church of England. He claimed that he had no previous military service.

He completed his medical examination at Wellington on 16th October 1915 (when the Coo-ees were at Wellington). He was attested by Captain T. A. Nicholas at Mumbil on 19th October 1915.

His next of kin was recorded on his Australian Imperial Force Attestation Paper of Persons Enlisted for Service Abroad form as Charlotte Crougey, Osborne Street, Williamstown, Melbourne, Victoria.

After the Coo-ee March he went into Liverpool Camp.

On 17th November 1915 Private Bartley went before a medical Board at Liverpool Camp where he was deemed as unfit for military service due to defective vision.

Private Bartley was discharged medically unfit on 29th November 1915.

 

[1] NAA: B2455, BARTLEY J

Charles Edward BOW

Charles Edward BOW

Per his military service record (regimental no. 4735), Charles Edward Bow was born at Parramatta, N.S.W.[1] He gave his age as 29 years and 4 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as bricklayer. His description on his Certificate of Medical Examination was height 5 feet 3 ½ inches tall, weight 9 stone 6 lbs., with a dark complexion, brown eyes, and black hair. His religious denomination was Congregational. He claimed that he had no previous military service.

He completed his medical examination at Ashfield on 12th November 1915, and was attested at Ashfield by Lieutenant S. Stilling on the 12th November 1915 (on the last day of the Coo-ee March, the day the Coo-ees marched from Ashfield to Sydney).

After completing the Coo-ee March he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

On 22nd December 1915 Private Bow was charged with being absent without leave from the Liverpool Camp on the 17th, 18th and 19th of December 1915. He was fined.

On 8th February 1916 he was charged with being absent without leave from the Liverpool Camp on the 1st and 2nd of February 1916. He was fined.

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was his address was C/o Mrs J. Langan, Tolorno, Coventry Road, Homebush, N.S.W.  His next of kin was listed as his father, G.[George] Bow, Phillip Street, Parramatta, N.S.W.

On 8th March 1916 Private Bow departed Sydney on the HMAT A15 Star of England along with many of the other Coo-ees, arriving in Egypt on the 11th April 1916.

On 16th April 1916 Private Bow was transferred to the 4th Pioneer Battalion at Tel-El-Kebir, Egypt.

On 4th June 1916 Private Bow left Alexandria aboard the Transport Scotian bound for France, arriving at Marseilles on 11th June 1916.

Private Bow served with the 4th Pioneer Battalion in France until on 20th September 1917 when Private Bow was admitted to the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station with Malaria. On 27th September 1917 he was transferred to the 2nd Stationary Hospital at Abbeville, France, with a fissure.

On 2nd October 1917 he was placed aboard a Hospital Ship bound for England. He was admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital at Birmingham, England with severe Haemorrhoids.

On 11th October 1917 Private Bow was discharged from Hospital and granted leave to report to the No. 1 Command depot at Sutton Veny, England, on 25th October 1917.

On 3rd November 1917 Private Bow was admitted to the Sutton Veny Military Hospital suffering Asthma. He was discharged to No. 1 Command Depot at Sutton Veny on 9th of November 1917.

On 4th December 1917 Private Bow was found by a Medical Board to have chronic bronchitis.

On 29th December 1917 Private Bow marched out to No. 2 Command Depot at Weymouth, England.

On 30th January 1918 Private Bow commenced his return to Australia aboard the H.T. Euripides for medical discharge from Plymouth, England.

He arrived in Australia on 21st March 1918.

He was discharged medically unfit with chronic bronchitis at Sydney on 4th May 1918.

 

[1] NAA B2455, BOW C E

Timeline December 1917

TIMELINE December 2017

Saturday, 1 December 1917

Private Ernest Henry KING  (4th Pioneer Battalion) was promoted to Lance Corporal.

Wednesday, 5 December 1917

Private Percy Frederick COOPER  (45th Battalion) was admitted to the 2nd Canadian General Hospital suffering from Trench Fever.

Sunday, 9 December 1917

Private Percy Frederick COOPER  (45th Battalion) was transferred to the 3rd Convalescent Depot.

Wednesday, 12 December 1917

Private James Birrell DAWSON (54th Battalion) was discharged medically unfit, with a disability of an amputated right arm.

Coo-ees Walter Goodlet (left) and James Birrell Dawson (right), both amputees. Photograph courtesy of James Dawson’s great grandson Jamie Stacey.

Thursday, 13 December 1917

Private William Charles ELLERY (45th Battalion) was admitted to the 9th General Hospital at Rouen France suffering from Rheumatic Fever.

Friday, 14 December 1917

Private William Charles ELLERY (45th Battalion) was placed aboard a hospital ship for evacuation to England.

Saturday, 15 December 1917

Private William Charles ELLERY (45th Battalion) was admitted to the University War Hospital at Southampton England suffering from chronic rheumatism.

Sunday, 16 December 1917

Private Jack Henry HUNT (45th Battalion) arrived in Australia aboard the H.T. Port Lyttleton for medical discharge.

Jack Hunt, Lemaire Studios, Military Camp, Liverpool. Photograph courtesy of Iain and Judy Macdonald.

Private Joseph William EDWARDS (3rd Battalion) arrived in Australia aboard the H.T. Port Lyttleton for medical discharge.

Lance Corporal James MAHER (45th Battalion) departed England aboard the Hospital Ship No. 2 bound for Australia for medical discharge.

James Maher, 1915 (Photograph courtesy of L. Leo)

Thursday, 20 December 1917

Private Sidney Stanley CANNON (4th Pioneer Battalion) departed England aboard the H.M.A.T.  Runic bound for Australia for medical discharge.

Private Sidney Stanley Cannon (Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, 7/7/1917)

Private William CAIRNS (13th Battalion) left England aboard the H.M.A.T. Runic bound for Australia for medical discharge.

Tuesday, 25 December 1917

Private Joseph John WILLIAMS (13th Battalion) was discharged medically unfit with debility.

Monday, 24 December 1917

Private Leslie Reginald ANLEZARK (45th Battalion) was admitted to the 11th Australian Field Ambulance suffering from Influenza.

Tuesday, 25 December 1917

Private Harold Roy Devlin UHR (17th Battalion) arrived at Devonport England from Australia aboard the Transport Euripides.

Saturday, 29 December 1917

Private Joseph Francis HEALEY (13th Battalion) was discharged medically unfit with gun shot wound to the left leg, and over age.

Monday, 31 December 1917

Private Robert Clyde CAMPBELL  (13th Battalion) arrived in Australia aboard the Transport Berrima for medical discharge.

Private Robert AYRES (13th Battalion) arrived in Australia aboard the Transport Berrima for medical discharge.

Private Leslie Reginald ANLEZARK (45th Battalion) was transferred to the 1st Casualty Clearing Station with Influenza.