Monthly Archives: April 2018

Joseph WILSON

Joseph WILSON

Per his military service record (Depot), Joseph Wilson was born at Glasgow, Scotland.[1]  He gave his age as 40 years and 3 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as labourer.  His description on his Certificate of Medical Examination was height 5 feet 8 inches tall, weight 11 stone 4 lbs., with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and grey hair.  His religious denomination was Presbyterian.  He claimed he had no previous military service.

He was attested at Lawson on 7th November 1915 (the day the Coo-ees rested at Lawson), and completed his medical examination at Lawson on 8th November 1915.

His next of kin was recorded on his Australian Imperial Force Attestation Paper of Persons Enlisted for Service Abroad form as his brother, John Wilson, Victoria.

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

On 22nd November 1915 Private Wilson was charged with drunkenness in Company Lines on 21st November 1915. He was issued with a warning.

On 14th December 1915 Private Wilson was charged with being absent without leave from 2nd December 1915 till 12 noon on 13th December 1915. He was recommended to be discharged.

On 15th December 1915 Private Wilson was discharged not likely to become an efficient soldier.

[1] NAA B2455, WILSON J

Fallen Coo-ees commemorated at Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremonies

Fallen Coo-ees commemorated at Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremonies

Last Post Ceremony at Australian War Memorial

The Last Post Ceremony is held in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. This ceremony commemorates the 102,000 Australians who gave their lives in war and other operations, and whose names are recorded on the Australian War Memorial’s Roll of Honour.  The story behind one of the names remembered on the Roll of Honour is told at each Last Post Ceremony.

Five of the 41 Coo-ees who died while overseas on active service during the First World War have been commemorated in a Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial during the Centenary period.

These services have been recorded, and can be viewed on the Australian War Memorial website:

Private Harold Brooks DAVIS (4759) – Last Post Ceremony held 2nd March 2016

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C2133669

Private James CRAWFORD (4753) – Last Post Ceremony held 8th August 2016

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/AWM2016.2.221/

Private Charles Arthur FINN (6289) – Last Post Ceremony held 6th April 2017

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C2278409

Private Harold BAXTER (4370) – Last Post Ceremony held 16th April 2017

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C2278419

Private Frank HUMPHREY (1887) – Last Post Ceremony held 23rd April 2017

https://www.awm.gov.au/index.php/collection/C2278426

Three more fallen Coo-ees will be remembered in a Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial this year:

Lance Corporal Laurence Leslie MAGUIRE – Last Post Ceremony to be held 2nd April 2018

Private Stanley Everard STEPHENS  – Last Post Ceremony to be held 11th April 2018

Private William Thomas HITCHEN – Last Post Ceremony to be held 3rd September 2018

If you are not able to attend these services at the Australian War Memorial, you can watch the Last Post Ceremonies live online from 4.55 pm AEST at https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/last-post-ceremony

The web addresses for the archived videorecordings for these three Last Post Ceremonies will be added to this webpage at a later date this year.

TIMELINE April 1918

TIMELINE April 1918

Monday, 1 April 1918

Private Jack Graham WIGGINS  [45th Battalion) was placed aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege for evacuation to England, where he was admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital (after being  wounded  in action on 28th March 1918 with a shrapnel wound to his left thigh).

Pte. J. Wiggins (Sunday Times, 8/10/1916, p. 9)

Tuesday, 2 April 1918

Lance Corporal Laurence Leslie MAGUIRE (45th Battalion) was killed in action during a German artillery barrage when manning the line against the German offensive near Dernacourt, France,  on 2nd April 1918. He has no known grave.

Lance Corporal Maguire’s name on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France (Photograph: S. & H. Thompson 7/9/2014)

Trooper David James O’ROURKE  (12th Light Horse Regiment) was part of a watering party at Jaffa, Palestine, when a horse kicked him in the left knee, and he was sent to the 4th Light Horse Field Ambulance.

David James O’Rourke. Photograph courtesy of Warren O’Rourke.

Wednesday, 3 April 1918

Trooper David James O’ROURKE  (12th Light Horse Regiment) was sent to the 43rd Stationary Hospital.

Thursday, 4 April 1918

Private John Herbert WATTS  (4th Pioneer Battalion) was sent to the 4th Australian Field Ambulance suffering from Influenza. He was later transferred to the 56th General Hospital in France.

Friday, 5 April 1918

Sergeant Sydney Raymond CARVER  (45th Battalion) was wounded in action for a second time in the vicinity of Dernacourt, France, during the Second Battle of Dernacourt, with a gunshot wound to his abdomen, and was sent to the 13th Australian Field Ambulance, then moved back the 29th Casualty Clearing Station.

Private Cyril Roy MCMILLAN  (45th Battalion) was reported missing in action in the vicinity of Dernacourt, France, during the Second Battle of Dernacourt – he was  captured as a prisoner of war.

Private Roy McMillan (Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate, 11/5/1918)

Private John Thomas SMITH  (4th Pioneer Battalion) was wounded in action in the vicinity of Henencourt Wood, France, by an artillery shell.

Trooper David James O’ROURKE  (12th Light Horse Regiment) was transferred to the 44th Stationary Hospital at Kantara, Egypt.

Saturday, 6 April 1918

Private William WEBBER  (45th Battalion) was killed in action in the vicinity of Dernacourt, France, when an artillery shell burst in the trench he was manning.

Private John Thomas SMITH  (4th Pioneer Battalion) was transferred to the 22nd General Hospital at Camiers, France .

Trooper David James O’ROURKE  (12th Light Horse Regiment) was transferred to the 14th Australian General Hospital at Port Said, Egypt.

Sergeant Sydney Raymond CARVER (45th Battalion)  was placed aboard the 27th Ambulance Train.

Sunday, 7 April 1918

Sergeant Sydney Raymond CARVER  (45th Battalion)  was placed aboard the 27th Ambulance Train and then admitted to the 7th Canadian General Hospital WHERE.

Monday, 8 April 1918

Private John Thomas SMITH  (4th Pioneer Battalion) was sent by hospital ship to England.

Tuesday, 9 April 1918

Private John Thomas SMITH  (4th Pioneer Battalion) was admitted to the Dorset County Hospital at Dorchester.

Thursday, 11 April 1918

Private John William THOMPSON  (54th Battalion) was wounded in action with a shrapnel would to his left hand.

Friday, 12 April 1918

Private John William THOMPSON  (54th Battalion) was admitted to the 12th General Hospital at Rouen, France.

Saturday, 13 April 1918

Private John William THOMPSON  (54th Battalion) was sent to the 5th Australian Division Base Depot at Le Havre, France.

Monday, 15 April 1918

Private Frank BLACK  (42nd Battalion) departed England aboard the transport Marathon for return to Australia for medical discharge.

Private Charles Henry MAIDENS  (13th Battalion) departed England aboard the Transport Marathon for return to Australia for medical discharge.

Tuesday, 16 April 1918

Private John Herbert WATTS  (4th Pioneer Battalion) was evacuated to England, and admitted to the Northampton Hospital, suffering Trench Fever.

Sunday, 21 April 1918

Private Walter CAVILL (55th Battalion) departed England aboard the Transport Suvic for return to Australia suffering Trench Fever.

Tuesday, 23 April 1918

Private John Thomas SMITH  (4th Pioneer Battalion) died of wounds  at the Dorset County Hospital at Dorcherster.

Wednesday, 24 April 1918

Private Percy George BROWN  (54th Battalion) was wounded in action, being gassed in the vicinity of Villers Bretonneux, France, during the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux.

Corporal John MARTIN  (54th Battalion) was wounded in action in the vicinity of Villers Bretonneux with a gunshot wound to his chest, during the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. He was taken to the 15th Australian Field Ambulance.

Thursday, 25 April 1918

Private Percy George BROWN  (54th Battalion) was sent to the 10th General Hospital, at Rouen.

Corporal John MARTIN  (54th Battalion)  was moved back to the 61st Casualty Clearing Station, then onto the 10th General Hospital at Rouen, France.

Sergeant Sydney Raymond CARVER  (45th Battalion)  was placed aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth for evacuation to England.

Friday, 26 April 1918

Driver Peter WILSON  (1st Field Engineers Squadron) was injured when he was thrown from a pontoon wagon at Jerusalem, Palestine.

Sergeant Sydney Raymond CARVER  (45th Battalion)  was admitted to a hospital in England.

Saturday, 27 April 1918

Private John Thomas SMITH  (4th Pioneer Battalion) was buried at Melcomb Regis Cemetery in Weymouth, England, with full military honours.

John Thomas Smith’s headstone at Melcombe Regis Cemetery, Weymouth, England (Photograph: S. & H. Thompson 14/9/2016)

Sunday, 28 April 1918

Private Percy George BROWN  (54th Battalion) was sent to the 73rd General Hospital at Trouville, France.

Private William Allan Luther PHILPOTT  (13th Battalion) departed Durban, South Africa, on the H.M.A.T. Field Marshall, bound for Australia, for medical discharge.

Private Charles CREASE  (13th Battalion) departed Cape Town South Africa aboard the H.M.A.T. Field Marshall for return to Australia, for medical discharge.

Private Charles Crease (Sunday Times 8/10/1916)

Tuesday, 30 April 1918

Lance Corporal Reginald Henry CHAMBERLAIN  (35th Battalion)  was wounded in action, being gassed, while manning the front line in the vicinity of Morlancourt, France, and he was evacuated to the 9th Australian Field Ambulance.

Private John Herbert WATTS  (4th Pioneer Battalion) was transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield.