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Peter WILSON

Peter WILSON

Peter Wilson. Photograph courtesy of Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society.

Peter Wilson. Photograph courtesy of Gilgandra Museum and Historical Society.

Per his military service record (regimental no. 2404), Peter Wilson was born at Nyngan, N.S.W. He gave his age as 21 years and 2 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as labourer.  His description on his medical was height 5 feet 7 ½ inches tall, weight 12 stone 7 lbs., with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and fair hair. His religious denomination was Church of England.

He completed his medical at Gilgandra on 7th October 1915, and was attested by Captain Nicholas at Gilgandra on 9th October 1915. He claimed he had no previous military service.

After completing the Coo-ee March he went Menangle Light Horse Camp as reinforcement for the 7th Light Horse Regiment.

Private Wilson received a wristlet watch at a welcome home function held for some of the Coo-ees home on leave at Gilgandra at the end of December 1915. According to the speaker, Mr Garling, said Private Wilson ‘was very keen to do his duty for his country’, and ‘had made several attempts to enlist but had been rejected. However, he underwent a course of physical training, which improved his constitution and physique to such an extent that the next time he presented himself he was accepted’.[1]

On his embarkation roll his address as time of enrolment was Myrtle Street, Gilgandra, and his next of kin is listed as his sister, Miss Christiana Wilson, Miller’s Point, Sydney, N.S.W.

Trooper Wilson departed Sydney on the HMAT Palermo A56 on 18th April 1916, with the 16th Reinforcements for the 7th Light Horse Regiment.

After arriving in Egypt he was taken on strength by the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment at Tel-el Kebir on 10th June 1916.

On 10th July 1916 he was transferred to the 1st Field Squadron Engineers.

On 19th July 1916 he was admitted to the Scottish Horse Field Ambulance, then was admitted to the 31st General Hospital at Port Said in Egypt with a condition not yet diagnosed on 20th July 1916. On 25th July he was transported by hospital train to Cairo, and was admitted to the 3rd Australian General Hospital at Abbassia with Pyrexia. He was discharged and returned to duly on 27th July 1916.

Private Wilson served with the 1st Field Squadron Engineers during the campaigns in Gaza and Palestine.

On 29th October 1917 he went to hospital sick and reverted to Sapper. On 31st October 1917 he was admitted to the 43rd Stationary Hospital with Cellulitis hand. On 10th January 1918 he was sent by hospital train, and admitted to the 24th Stationary Hospital at Kantara. On 11th January 1918 he was admitted to the 31st General Hospital at Port Said. On 27th January 1918 he was admitted to 14 Australian General Hospital at Port Said. On 2nd February 1918 he was sent to a Rest Camp at Port Said.

On 13th February 1918 he left the Rest Camp, and joined the Engineer Training Unit at Moascar.

On 27th February 1918 he was attached to D Troop IFSE for duty in the field.

His record of service notes that on 26th April 1918 he received superficial abrasions to his arms and hands and hip when he was thrown from a pontoon wagon at Jerusalem.

On 28th April 1918 he was admitted to the 66th Casualty Clearing Station at Jerusalem with Diarrhoea. He was transferred to the 75th Casualty Clearing Station on 30th April 1918. On 2nd May 1918 he was admitted to the 47th Stationary Hospital at Gaza. On 6th May 1918 he was transferred to 24 Stationary Hospital at Kantara. On 8th May 1918 he was transferred to 1st Australian General Hospital at Port Said in Egypt with Contused Hands. On 11th May 1918 he was sent to a Rest Camp at Port Said. On 22nd May 1918 he was sent to a Rest Camp at Moascar. On 31st May 1918 he was admitted to 2 Australian Stationary Hospital sick, and was discharged on 3rd September 1918 to a Rest Camp at Port Said.

He marched out to the Engineers Training Unit at Moascar on 18th September 1918.

On 28th September 1918 he was sent to 1st Field Squadron Engineers, and was taken on strength in the field on 1st October 1918. On 1st October 1918 he was made Driver.

On 19th June 1919 he was temporarily attached to AIF Headquarters at Kantara as a Driver.

Driver Wilson commenced his return to Australia on 3rd July 1919 aboard the H.T. Malta at Kantara.

He was discharged termination of period of enlistment on 25th September 1919.

[1] [No title], Gilgandra Weekly, 7 January 1916, p. 12, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/119922632

 

 

Francis Noel WHITE

Francis Noel WHITE

Per his military service record (regimental no. 2395), Francis Noel White was born at Canterbury, Kent, in England. He gave his age as 35 years and 9 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as wheelwright.  His description on his medical was height 5 feet 7 ½ inches tall, weight 12 stone 7 lbs., with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and fair hair. His religious denomination was Anglican.

He completed his medical at Gilgandra on 7th October 1915, and was attested by Captain Nicholas at Gilgandra on 9th October 1915. He claimed to have had 2 years and 3 days previous military service with the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles. He also stated he had been rejected once before as unfit for His Majesty’s Service with a “hit knee”.

After completing the Coo-ee March he went to Menangle Light Horse Camp as reinforcement for the 6th Light Horse Regiment.

Francis Noel White was reported in The Bathurst Times as having been charged at Bathurst Police Court with ‘having travelled between Sydney and Bathurst without a ticket on the night of February 5’ 1916, and also ‘having attempted to travel on the return journey’ without a ticket, and was described as ‘a member of the Sixth Light Horse, and a rather good-looking Englishman of cultured speech’, who was ‘fortunate enough to be remembered favorably by Captain Hitchen’, and that ‘had not Captain Hitchen came to his rescue’, White ‘would in all probability be now spending two days in the shamed seclusion of the Bathurst Gaol’, instead of back in camp at Liverpool. White said in court that he was on final leave, and that he sailed on Friday. White also said that ‘he was from England originally’, and had been ‘working on stations up to the time’ he joined the Coo-ees. Captain Hitchen ‘informed the Bench that White had come all the way with the “Coo-ees” as a transport driver’, and that White had been in his ‘employ for a few weeks before the commencement of the march’, and that he ‘had found him a man of good character at all times, and one who had conducted himself well right through the piece’, and offered to pay White’s fare.[1]

An initial regimental number of 2254 is crossed out on his service record, and ‘16th REINFTS 6th L.H.’ stamped over 15th Reinforcements 6th Regiment, A.L.H., which had initially been recorded for his unit, so it appears this episode may have held up his embarkation overseas.

On his embarkation roll his address as time of enrolment was not recorded, and his next of kin is listed as his mother, Mrs Merser, c/o Mrs Bosworth, “Linton”, College Lane, East Grimstead, Sussex, England.

Trooper White departed Sydney on the HMAT Hymttus 1 on 3rdof May 1916, as 16th Reinforcements for the 6th Light Horse Regiment.

After arriving in Egypt he was taken on strength by the 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment at Tel-el Kebir on 27th June 1916.

On 8th September 1916 he was temporarily attached to Military Police Headquarters, at Moascar.

On 27th September 1916 a Field General Court Marshal was held at Moascar, where Private White charged with drunkenness when on active service on 20th September 1916, and he was sentenced to 21 days Field Punishment Number 2.

On 1st October 1916 he was admitted to the 24th Stationary Hospital, with Paraphimosis.

He rejoined Police Headquarters from Hospital on 14th October 1916.

On 18th October 1916 he rejoined the 6th Light Horse Regiment.

On 16th November 1916 Trooper White was transferred to the Imperial Camel Corps at Abbassia. On 19th November 1916 he was taken on strength of 3rd Company, Imperial Camel Corps.

Trooper White served with the Imperial Camel Corps in El-Mustagidda and El-Arish in Egypt until 5th February 1917, when after jumping off a camel he aggravated an old injury to his right knee where he had been ‘kicked by a horse 11 years ago’ , resulting in him being hospitalised.  He was taken by hospital train and admitted to the 24th Stationary Hospital with Synovitis knee on 9th February 1917.

On 12th February 1917 he was admitted to the No. 14 Australian General Hospital at Abbassia.

On 8th March 1917 Trooper White embarked from Suez, Egypt, aboard the HMAT Willochra bound for Australia, with Arthritis in the right knee.

He arrived at Melbourne on 25th April 1917. He was discharged medically unfit in Sydney on 25th May 1917.

[1] ‘A Coo-ee charged at Police Court : Captain Hitchen to the rescue’, The Bathurst Times, 8 February 1916, p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article109940688

 

 

Andrew James MCGREGOR

Andrew James MCGREGOR

Andrew James McGregor (Daily Telegraph 22/9/1916)

Andrew James McGregor (Daily Telegraph 22/9/1916)

Per his military service record (regimental no. 4855), Andrew James McGregor was born at Sydney, N.S.W. He gave his age as 34 years and 2 months, his marital status as married, and his occupation as baker. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 4 inches tall, weight 8 stone 9 lbs, with a dark complexion, dark blue eyes, and dark hair. His religious denomination was Anglican. He claimed that he had 10 years’ experience in the Colonial Forces. He as attested by Captain Nicholas at Gilgandra on the 9th October, 1915, after completing his medical at Gilgandra on 7th October 1915.

He sold his I.X.L. Bakery business in Gilgandra before joining the Coo-ee March at Gilgandra.[1]

His younger brother Arthur Ernest McGregor also joined the Coo-ee March, being attested, and completing his medical examination, when the Coo-ees were at Springwood.

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

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was 39 Fotheringham Street, Marrickville, Sydney, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as his wife, Mrs. A. [Alice] McGregor, at the same address.

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

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

On 4th June 1916 Private McGregor, along with several other Coo-ees, left Alexandria aboard the Transport Scotian bound for France, and arrived at Marseilles on 11th June 1916.

Private McGregor served on the Western Front with the 4th Pioneer Battalion until the end of 1916, when on 22nd December 1916 he transferred to the 2nd Australian Field Bakery.

Private McGregor was granted 10 days leave to the United Kingdom on 29th June 1917.

On the 24th June 1918 Private McGregor was admitted to hospital with Sclerosis Spinal Cord. He was evacuated to hospital in England on 30th June 1918.

He began his return to Australia aboard the Transport HT Gaika on the 8th November 1918, arriving in Australian on the 29th December 1918.

Private McGregor was discharged on 4th September 1920.

[1] ‘Advertising’, Gilgandra Weekly, 22 October 1915, p.7, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119923863

 

Stanley Everard STEPHENS

Stanley Everard STEPHENS

Stanley Everard Stephens (Photograph courtesy of M. Stephens)

Stanley Everard Stephens (Photograph courtesy of M. Stephens)

Per his military service record (regimental no. 6320), Stanley Everard Stephens was born at Melbourne, Victoria. He gave his age as 24 years and 11 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as journalist. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 7 inches tall, weight 136 lbs., with a fair complexion, brown eyes, and brown hair. His religious denomination was Church of England. He claimed to have previous military service with the Naval Reserve and the New Guinea Expeditionary Force. He completed his medical on the 9th October 1915 at Gilgandra (the day before the commencement of the Coo-ee March), and was attested by Captain Nicholas at Gilgandra on the 9th October 1915.

Stanley Stephens joined the Coo-ee March as both a recruit, and as a special reporter to The Farmer and Settler, of which his father Harry J. Stephens was the editor.

On the march he was given the rank of Acting Sergeant, and was appointed Secretary of the travelling committee of control appointed for the Coo-ee March at Stuart Town, with Major Wynne as chairman, Captain Hitchen, Q.M.S. Lee, and Mr H. T. Blacket, during a visit by A. H. Miller (Secretary), and C. H. Richards and P. J. MacManus, from the Gilgandra Recruiting Committee.[1] In this role he assisted with the day to day running of the march, and maintained the accounts.[2]

After completing the march he went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion. He was made Acting Company Sergeant Major on 16th November 2015.

On 7th February 1916 Acting Company Sergeant Major Stephens was sent to the Depot School for NCO’s, then on 18th March 1916 he was sent to the Officer School at Duntroon.

His father Harry Stephens wrote in a letter to A. H. Miller (Secretary of the Gilgandra Recruiting Committee) dated 9th March 1916 (the day after most of the Coo-ees embarked for Egypt on the HMAT A15 Star of England) : ‘Stan is now at the officers’ school, which this week is at the show ground, Sydney, but next week should be at Duntroon. The Coo-ees sailed on Wednesday morning. They spent the previous night at the show ground and Stan was with them right through and saw them off. He would have liked to go with them, but I thought he ought not to miss the greater opportunity offered in the officers’ school. He speaks of them as the finest of all the reinforcements that were reviewed the other afternoon. They have done well so far, and there need be no doubt of the record they will put up when they join the 13th. in Egypt – one of the battalions that has done excellently in the Gallipoli fighting.’[3]

He returned to the 13th Battalion on the 10th of May 1916 as Acting Company Sergeant Major.

On his embarkation roll his rank was Acting Sergeant, and his address at time of enrolment was 25 Roslyn Gardens, Darlinghurst, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as his mother, Mrs E. [Effie] Stephens, 19 Roslyn Gardens, Darlinghurst, N.S.W.

Acting Sergeant Stephens departed Sydney on the HMAT A14 Euripides on 9th September 1916 as 20th reinforcement for the 13th Battalion, and arrived in Plymouth, England, on 26th October 1916. With him travelled fellow Coo-ees Acting Sergeant Thomas W. Dowd, and Acting Corporal Francis Charles Finlayson.

On 4rd November 1916 Acting Sergeant Stephens marched into the 4th Training Battalion at Codford, England.

On 20th December 1916 Acting Sergeant Stephens departed Folkestone aboard the SS Princess Clementine bound for France. On 22nd December 1916 he arrived at the 4th Australian Division Base Depot at Etaples, France, where he reverted to the rank of Private.

The Farmer and Settler reported that ‘Stan E. Stephens, of the “Farmer and Settler” staff, who left Sydney as sergeant-major of a reinforcement company of the 13th Battalion, lost his n.c.o. rank as soon as he set foot in France, because the Australian army there has a healthy regulation that gives precedence to men that have earned their stripes’.[4]

On 2nd January 1917 Private Stephens joined at the 13th Battalion at Ribemont, France, to undergo training.

Private Stephens described his first “baptism of fire” going “over the top” on a raid on a German trench in the front line in the vicinity of Guedecourt, France, on the night of 4th February 1917, in a letter home that was published in The Farmer and Settler on 17th August 1917.[5]  He wrote:

… “Some one said: ‘Get ready’, and I was just wishing I was at home, or anywhere else in the wide world, when a fervent ‘Ah!’ in the vicinity made me look around. A mess-tin full of rum was being passed along. Everyone took a swig, and passed it on. There was plenty in it when it came to me, and I just gulped down a couple of mouthfuls and handed it to Fin [Finlayson], when, ‘bang,’ ‘bang,’ ‘screech,’ ‘screech,’ over our heads came some shells. Many men involuntarily ‘ducked,’ but were reassured by someone saying: ‘They’re ours.’ So they were. The barrage had started — only a minute to go! Thank Heaven for that rum. It pulled me together, stopped the nervous trembling that made me afraid that everybody would notice me and think I was going to ‘squib’ it. I was cool enough to notice things then, but still I glanced hatefully now and then at the top of the bank above me.

“Somebody said: ‘Now!’ There was a bustle, and I found myself up in No Man’s Land jostling someone to get around a shell-hole. The order had come simultaneously from both ends of our line, so that we at the centre were a bit behind — a sag in the middle. Everything could be seen as clear as day; the line stretched out to right and left. We crouched in our advance, moving slowly, picking our way, with the shells shrieking over us, and bursting only a few yards in front of us. I thought about the ‘backwash.’ Why weren’t some of us killed. Would they knock our heads off if we stood up straight? We were in semi-open order, perhaps five or six deep, and advancing slowly. Oh!, the weight on my back from the heavy kit and the stooping. Yet I felt amused at the struggles of a chap that was sitting down, softly cursing a piece of barbed wire— such silly, meaningless curses. Another stumbled in front of me, and I nearly jabbed him with my bayonet. Then I looked around smartly, to see if any one was close enough behind me to treat me likewise.

“The wire! We were up to it already. But the shells weren’t finished. They had made a good mess of it, I saw as I stepped through from loop to loop. A piece caught me somewhere, but something gave way and I was free again. No; the shells weren’t finished yet. ‘They are bursting behind me.’ I exclaimed to myself, ‘Why on earth don’t I get killed? Are they charmed, so as to kill only Fritzes.’ I caught the flash of another out of the tail of my eye, and then there was a straight line of intermittent flashes in front. What’s this? At that moment I slid and scrambled down a steep, bank and found myself in the German trench!

“Our barrage was just lifting. A Fritz officer afterwards said: ‘I knew you were  Australians; you come in with your barrage; you are too quick for us.’ Yes, we went in with the barrage, instead of a few moments after it— and without a casualty!

“The details of this, my first hop-over, my baptism of fire, are indelibly printed on my memory. I shall always remember the impressions made on me, down to the most trivial incident of the hop-over. Thinking over it afterwards, I have tried to reason out why we got in with our barrage. It’s a good fault, for it prevents the Germans from getting ready for us when the barrage lifts. The Germans reckon that the Australians are always too quick for them that way. I certainly believe that a spirit of ‘don’t-care-a-damn’ was abroad; or, maybe, it was hereditary bloodthirstiness that came out in the excitement, and made us, for the time being, all ‘hogs for stoush.’ I think only the fear that we would be killed by our own curtain of fire kept us from actually running. It wasn’t the rum, anyhow, as the slanderous have asserted. The rum, I found out afterwards, was our first casualty, being broken in the coming up, so that the only rum issued was half a demi-john to a small section of trench that I happened to be in. The jar was found by a chap taking German prisoners back half an hour later, still  nearly half full.’… [Click here to read a full transcription of this article:  https://cooeemarch1915.com/2015/03/19/stanley-e-stephens-letter-about-his-baptism-of-fire-in-the-trenches]

Three days later, on 7th February 1917 Private Stephens was slightly wounded in action whilst the Battalion was in action near Guedecourt, France. He was one of 51 wounded this day another 21 members of the Battalion were killed. He re-joined the Battalion on 15th February 1917 whilst it was training and conducting fatigues at Mametz, France.

Just over two months later, on 11th April 1917 Private Stephens was reported Missing in Action during an attack on the Hindenburg Line near Bullecourt, France. He was one of 367 men from the Battalion reported missing this day, and another 25 were killed and 118 wounded.

After a Court of Enquiry was held by the Battalion on 8th October 1917 Private Stephens was officially listed as Killed in Action.

Private Stephens has no known grave, and his name is commemorated on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France.

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

Private Stephens’ name on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France (Photograph: S. & H. Thompson 7/9/2014)

Private Stephens’ name is also commemorated on panel 71 on the Australian War Memorial First World War Roll of Honour.

[1] ‘Our soldiers’, The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate, 26 October 1915, p. 2, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77601552

[2] ‘Gilgandra Recruiting Association’, Gilgandra Weekly, 10 December 1915, p. 6, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119922432

[3] Letter from H. J. Stephens to A. H. Miller dated 9th March 1915 in: Alex Halden (Joe) Miller papers mainly relating to the Gilgandra Coo-ee Recruitment March, New South Wales, 1912-1921, 1939. Gilgandra Coo-ee Recruitment March correspondence and papers, 1915-1939.

[4] ‘The soldiers that voted “No”’, The Farmer and Settler, April 1917, p. 2, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article116643546

[5] ‘A baptism of fire’, The Farmer and Settler, 17 August, 1917, p. 2, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article116642518

 

 

Leo Ambrose STINSON

Leo Ambrose STINSON

Per his military service record (Depot), Leo Ambrose Stinson was born at Boomey, near the town of Wellington, N.S.W. He gave his age as 18 years and 11 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as storeman. His description on his medical was height 6 feet and ½ inch tall, weight 9 stone 7 lbs., with a dark complexion, brown eyes, and dark hair. His religious denomination was Roman Catholic. He claimed that he had no previous military service. He completed his medical on the 22nd October 1915 at Gilgandra (12 days after the Coo-ees left), then caught up with the Coo-ees, and was attested at Blayney by Captain Eade on the 26th October 1915 (when the Coo-ees were at Blayney).

Leo Stinson was the recruit who joined the Coo-ees at Blayney from Gilgandra by train that was reported in the The Farmer and Settler, 29 October, 1915, p. 3.[1]

After completing the march he went to Liverpool Camp into D Coy 5th Battalion.

Following a further medical examination before the Medical Board on 17th November 1915 after arriving at Liverpool Camp with the Coo-ees, Private Stinson was discharged on the 29th of November 1915 as medically unfit, with deficient chest measurement.

On 18th March 1916 Leo Stinson re-enlisted at Dubbo, where he passed his medical and was attested. After some training he embarked from Sydney on 9th September 1916 as 15th reinforcement for the 20th Battalion on the HMAT A14 Euripides. He was given regimental no. 5644.

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was Miller Street, Gilgandra, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed his father, John Nicholas Stinson, Rydal, N.S.W.

He arrived at Plymouth in England on 26th October 1916.

Private Stinson trained in England until 13th December 1916, when he was sent to Etaples in France. He joined the Battalion in France on 26th January 1917.

On the 15/16th of April 1917 a German attack broke through the front line near Lagnicourt in France and the guns of the 2nd Australian Field Artillery Brigade were captured. The 20th Battalion was involved in the counterattack that recaptured the guns and forced the Germans back to their lines. Over 200 Germans were captured by the Battalion in this operation. Six members of the Battalion were killed, and were 16 wounded, including Private Stinson, who received a gunshot wound to his back and another to his right arm. Private Stinson was evacuated to the 9th Casualty Clearing Station, then admitted to the 10th General Hospital in Rouen on 17th April 1917. He was then sent to England on 29th April 1917, and was admitted to the 5th Southern General Hospital on 30th April 1917.

On 7th July 1917 Private Simpson was discharged from the 5th Southern General Hospital to No. 1 Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield.

On 26th September 1917 Private Stinson left England on the HMAT Borda bound for Australia. He arrived in Melbourne on 25th November 1917, and was discharged as medically unfit on 4th January 1918.

On 22nd July 1919 Private Stinson re-enlisted in the Special Service AIF (regimental no. 86082), and on 12th August 1919 he departed Sydney bound for Europe as an escort for deportees being sent to Europe. He arrived at London on 12th October 1919. On 5th December 1919 Private Stinson commenced his return to Australia, arriving on 23rd January 1920. He was discharged on 7th February 1920.

Leo Stinson also enlisted in the AIF in the Second World War.

[1] ‘Great Route March. Gilgandra to the Coast’, ’, The Farmer and Settler, 29 October 1915, p. 3, http://nla.gov.au/n la.news-article116671286

 

 

Laurence Leslie MAGUIRE

Laurence Leslie MAGUIRE

Per his military service record (regimental no. 4840), Laurence Leslie Maguire was born at Gilgandra, N.S.W. He gave his age as 25 years and 11 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as laborer. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 4 ½ inches tall, weight 10 stone 7 lbs., with a fair complexion, blue eyes, and fair hair. His religious denomination was Anglican. He claimed that he had no previous military service. He completed his medical on the 8th October 1915 1915 at Gilgandra, and was attested by Captain Nicholas at Gilgandra on the 9th October 1915.

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

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was Woodvale Park, Curban, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as his father, R. Maguire, Belmore Street, Gulgong, N.S.W.

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

After arriving in Egypt he was transferred to the 45th Battalion on the 20th May 1916.

On the 7th June 1916 Private Maguire left Alexandria aboard the transport Huntspill bound for France, arriving at Marseilles on the 14th June 1916.

On the 19th July 1916 Private Maguire was taken on strength of the 45th Battalion.

On 6th November 1916 the 45th Battalion had just arrived at Dernancourt, France for training when Private Maguire was injured by having his right foot scalded. He was sent to the 1st New Zealand Stationary Hospital at Amiens, France. On 9th November 1916 he was sent by hospital train to the 8th General Hospital at Rouen, France, arriving on the 10th of November 1916. On 27th November 1916 he was sent to Le Harve, France, where on 28th November 1916 he boarded the hospital ship Gloucester Castle. After arriving in England he was admitted to the 2nd Southern General Hospital at Bristol, England.

On 10th January 1917 Private Maguire was discharged from the 2nd Southern General Hospital and went on leave until 25th January 1917, when he reported to the No. 1 Command Depot at Pernham Downs, England.

On 3rd February 1917 Private Maguire was admitted to the 1st Camp Hospital at Parkhouse, England sick. He remained hospitalised until 14th April 1917. He returned to the No. 1 Command Depot on 16th April 1917.

On 25th April 1917 Private Maguire was transferred to the 62nd Battalion which was then forming in England. Private Maguire went to the battalion lines at Windmill Hill Camp. On 12th September 1917 Private Maguire was returned to the 45th Battalion, after the decision was made to disband the 62nd Battalion. On 12th September 1917 Private Maguire departed Southampton, England bound for France.

On 13th September 1917 Private Maguire marched into the 4th Australian Division Base Depot at Etaples, France. On 21st September 1917 he departed Etaples to rejoin the 45th Battalion. On 22nd of September 1917 Private Maguire arrived at the 45th Battalion when it was about to go into action in the Ypres area of Belgium, in the Passchendaele offensive.

On 1st November 1917 he was appointed Lance Corporal.

After serving with the 45th Battalion during the winter of 1917-1918, Lance Corporal Maguire was killed in action during a German artillery barrage when manning the line against the German offensive near Dernacourt, France,  on 2nd April 1918.

According to a letter sent home to his father that was published in the Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative by Captain Holman, 45th Battalion, Lance Corporal Maguire was buried on the embankment of the Albert-Amiens railway, near Albert, France.[1] His service record reports that he was buried at Albert, France. However after the war his grave could not be located, and he has no known grave.

Lance Corporal Maguire is remembered on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, France. The register at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial notes that he was the son of Richard Gould Maguire, and Charlotte Maguire, of Gulgong, N.S.W.

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

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

Lance Corporal Maguire’s name is commemorated on panel 140 on the Australian War Memorial First World War Roll of Honour.

Lance Corporal Maguire’s name is also remembered on the Gilgandra War Memorial.

[1] ‘How ‘Laurie Maguire was killed’, Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, 15 July 1918, p. 1, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article156994727

 

 

Jack Henry HUNT

Jack Henry HUNT

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

Per his military service record (regimental no. 4806), Jack Henry Hunt was born at Coonabarabran, N.S.W. [1] He gave his age as 18 years and 2 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as station hand. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 10 ½ inches tall, weight 10 stone 7 lbs., with a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair. His religious denomination was Roman Catholic. He claimed that he had no previous military service. Along with his brother William Laurence Hunt, he completed his medical on the 9th October 1915 at Gilgandra, and was attested at Gilgandra on the same day by Captain Nicholas – the day before the commencement of the Coo-ee March. His service record included a consent form signed by his father C. H. Hunt.

After completing the march he went to Liverpool Camp, together with his father Charles Henry Hunt (who had caught up with the Coo-ees between Bathurst and Yetholme) and brother William Laurence Hunt, as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

At Liverpool on the 3rd February 1916, Private Hunt was charged with being absent from Parade on 2nd February 1916.

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was Wingadee, Coonamble, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as sister, Miss P. O. Hunt, St. Patrick’s Convent, Dubbo, N.S.W.

On 8th March 1916 Private Hunt, along with his father and brother, and many of the other Coo-ees, departed Sydney on the HMAT A15 Star of England, and arrived in Egypt on the 11th April 1916.

He was admitted to No. 2 Australian Stationary Hospital with mumps at Tel el Kebir on 18th April 1916.

On the 20th May 1916 he was transferred to the 45th Battalion.

On the 7th June 1916 Private Hunt left Alexandria aboard the Transport Huntspill bound for France, arriving at Marseilles on the 14th June 1916.

Private Hunt served with the 45th Battalion through its first action at Fleurbaix, France in July 1916, then through the fighting around Pozieres in August 1916.

On the 7th September 1916 Private Hunt was with the 45th Battalion at Beauval, France, refitting and reorganising. On this day Private Hunt was charged with Eating Reserve Iron Ration without permission (on the same day his brother William Laurence Hunt was charged for the same offence). He was awarded Forfeiture of One Day’s pay.

On the 28th October 1916 the 45th Battalion was at Brucamps, France conducting training Private Hunt was sent to hospital sick. It is not indicated how long he was away for but it is not believed to have been long.

On the 12th November 1916 the 45th Battalion was at Bernafay Wood south of Longuveal, France preparing to go to the front when Private Hunt was evacuated to the 15th Australian Field Ambulance with a sprained ankle. Private Hunt rejoined the Battalion when it was holding the front line in front of the village of Gudecourt, France on the 24th November 1916.

On the 27th February 1917 the 45th Battalion was marching from Mamentz to Beaucourt Camp when Private Hunt was evacuated to the 45th Casualty Clearing Station suffering from Trench Feet. On the 28th of February 1917 he was placed aboard the 9th Ambulance Train and moved back to the 3rd Canadian General Hospital at Bolougne, France.

On the 2nd March 1917 Private Hunt was evacuated to England aboard the Hospital Ship Aberdonian sailing from Bologne, France. On the 3rd March 1917 he was admitted to the Voluntary Aid Hospital at Cheltenham, England with trench feet (severe). He was later transferred to the 2nd Southern General Hospital where the third toe of his right foot was amputated.

On the 8th August 1917 Private Hunt was transferred to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford, England. On the 11th August 1917 Private Hunt was granted leave to report to the Number Two Command Depot at Weymouth, England on the 25th of August 1917.

On the 19th October 1917 Private Hunt began his return to Australia departing England on board the H.T. Port Lyttleton. He arrived in Australia on the 16th December 1917, and was discharged as medically unfit on the 28th January 1918.

[1] NAA: B2455, HUNT J H 4806

William Laurence HUNT

William Laurence HUNT

Bill and Jack Hunt. Photograph courtesy of Iain and Judy Macdonald.

Per his military service record (regimental no. 4805), William Laurence Hunt was born at Coonabarabran, N.S.W.[1] He gave his age as 20 years and 3 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as labourer. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 10 inches tall, weight 10 stone 12 lbs., with a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and dark hair. His religious denomination was Roman Catholic. He claimed that he had no previous military service. Along with his brother Jack Henry Hunt, he completed his medical on the 9th October 1915 at Gilgandra, and was attested at Gilgandra on the same day by Captain Nicholas – the day before the commencement of the Coo-ee March. His service record includes a consent form signed by his father C. H. Hunt (for persons under 21 years of age).

After completing the march he went to Liverpool Camp, together with his father Charles Henry Hunt (who had caught up with the Coo-ees between Bathurst and Yetholme) and brother Jack Henry Hunt, as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was Wingadee, Coonamble, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as sister, Miss P. O. Hunt, St. Patrick’s Convent, Dubbo, N.S.W.

On 8th March 1916 Private Hunt along, with his father and brother, and many of the other Coo-ees, departed Sydney on the HMAT A15 Star of England, and arrived in Egypt on the 11th April 1916.

On the 19th April 1916 Private Hunt was transferred to the 45th Battalion.

On the 1st June 1916 Private Hunt left Alexandria aboard the Transport Kinfauns Castle bound for France, arriving at Marseilles on the 7th June 1916.

Private Hunt served with the 45th Battalion through its first action at Fleurbaix, France, in July 1916. He then moved with the Battalion to Pozieres in early August 1916. On the 14th August 1916 the 45th Battalion was relieving the 46th Battalion in trenches between Pozieres and Martinpuich, France. During this relief Private Hunt was one of 15 members of the Battalion wounded. His wound was slight and he returned to the unit on the 16th August 1916.

On the 7th September 1916 Private Hunt was with the 45th Battalion at Beauval, France, refitting and reorganising. On this day Private Hunt was charged with Eating Reserve Iron Ration without permission (on the same day his brother Jack Henry Hunt was charged for the same offence). He was awarded Forfeiture of One Day’’ pay.

On the 24th November 1916 the 45th Battalion was holding the front line in front of Guedecourt, France. Private Hunt was evacuated to the 38th Casualty Clearing Station with trench feet. On the 25th November 1916 he was placed aboard the 7th Ambulance Train and moved to the 6th General Hospital at Rouen, France, arriving on the 26th November 1916. On the 29th November 1916 Private Hunt boarded the Hospital Ship Formosa at Le Harve for journey to England. On the 30th November 1916 he was admitted to the War Hospital at Stratford Upon Avon, England. On the 13th February 1917 he was transferred to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford, England.

On the 19th February 1917 Private Hunt was granted leave to report to the Number One Command Depot at Pernham Downs, England, on the 6th of March 1917.

On the 8th March 1917 Private Hunt was charged for Being Absent Without Leave from 3.30 pm on the 6th March 1917 till 4.00 pm on the 7th March 1917. He was awarded three days confined to camp and fined two days pay.

On the 16th March 1917 Private Hunt was transferred to the Number Two command Depot at Weymouth, England. On the 2nd June 1917 he was sent to the Overseas Training Depot. On the 25th June 1917 Private Hunt departed Southampton, England, bound for France. He arrived at Le Harve on the 26th June 1917, and marched into the 4th Australian Division Base Depot. On the 29th June 1917 he went before a Medical Board and was classified PB (Permanent Base).

On the 9th July 1917 Private Hunt was sent back to England, arriving at Southampton on the 10th July 1917. He was sent to the Number Two Command Depot at Weymouth that same day. On the 22nd November 1917 Private Hunt commenced a course of instruction at the Winchester Engineering Works.

On the 23rd September 1918 Private Hunt began his return to Australia, departing England on board the HMAT Runic. He arrived in Australia on the 27th November 1918, and was discharged medically unfit on the 31st January 1919.

[1] NAA: B2455, HUNT W L 4805

John QUINN

John QUINN

Per his military service record (regimental no. 4881), John Quinn was born at Moana, N.S.W. He gave his age as 29 years and 11 months, his marital status as single, and his occupation as fitter. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 9 inches tall, weight 165 lbs., with a fair complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair. His religious denomination was Roman Catholic. He claimed to have had previous military service of 2 years in the Royal Australian Engineers and 3 years in the Royal Australian Artillery. He completed his medical on the 9th October 1915 at Gilgandra, and was attested by Captain Nicholas at Gilgandra on the 9th October 1915.

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

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was C/o Shire Council, Gilgandra, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as father, W. Quinn, Tocum Wall Post Office, N.S.W.

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

On the 16th April 1916 he was transferred to the 4th Pioneer Battalion.

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

On the 10th July 1916 he was transferred to the 46th Battalion.

On 23rd July 1916 Private Quinn was admitted to 1 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples with an old injury to the right leg. On 24th August 1916 he was transferred to 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples. He was transferred to 5 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne on 10th September 1916. He was transferred to base details, and marched into Etaples on 16th October 1916. He was employed in the Sanitary Squad, Etaples.

He was handed to area command for duty on 10th July 1917, then was transferred from the field to 1st Anzac Rfts. Camp on 18th August 1917.

On 11th November 1917 when he was transferred the Australian Employment Company in France.

On 15th September 1918 he went on leave to the United Kingdom. On 29th September 1918 he rejoined his unit in France from leave.

He marched out to the Australian General Base Depot at Rouelles on 5th December 1918. He was transferred to England on 12th December 1918. He marched into No. 2 Command Depot at Weymouth on 13th December 1918.

Private Quinn began his return to Australia on the 5th March 1919 aboard the Transport Nevasa, arriving at Sydney on the 23rd April 1919. He was discharged as medically unfit on the 3rd October 1919 with ‘disability – right lower limb crushed by shell’.

James MCKEOWN

James MCKEOWN

Per his military service record (regimental no. 4862), James McKeown was born at Mudgee, N.S.W. He gave his age as 37 years, his marital status as married, and his occupation as dealer & skin buyer. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 8 ¼ inches tall, weight 11 stone 4 lbs., with a dark complexion, brown eyes, and brown hair. His religious denomination was Roman Catholic. He claimed that he had 15 months active service in South Africa. He completed his medical on the 8th October 1915 at Gilgandra, and was attested by Captain Nicholas at Gilgandra on the 9th October 1915.

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

In his service record the rank of Acting Corporal was assigned on the 9th October 1915. He was referred to as ‘Corporal McKeown’ in an article about some of the Coo-ees being home on leave in the The Gilgandra Weekly (7/1/1916, p. 3), and again as one of the corporals in an article listing the Coo-ees’ platoon sergeants and corporals at Liverpool Camp in the Leader (14/2/1916, p. 6).

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was Lower Miller Street, Gilgandra, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as wife, Mrs R. McKeown, Lower Miller Street, Gilganda, N.S.W.

On 8th March 1916 with the rank of Acting Corporal, McKeown along with many of the other Coo-ees departed Sydney on the HMAT Star of England, arriving in Egypt on the 11th April 1916.

On the 20th of May 1916 he was transferred to the 45th Battalion.

On the 7th June 1916 Private McKeown was made Acting Corporal, and left Alexandria aboard the Transport Huntspill bound for France, arriving at Marseille on the 14th June 1916.

Acting Corporal McKeown served with the 45th Battalion while it was undertaking training, and relieving on the front line, on the Somme battlefields in France. On the 12th October 1916 he reverted to the rank of Private.

On 22nd November 1916 Private McKeown went to hospital from the field, then rejoined his Battalion in the field on 4th December 1916.

On 26th December 1916 he was sent to hospital, and admitted to No. 1 Australian General Hospital in Rouen on 31st December 1916 with Myocardis.

On 1st January 1917 Private McKeown was evacuated to England sick with Bronchitis, and was admitted to the Lewisham Military Hospital on 2nd January 1917. On 29th January 1917 he was transferred to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford.

He was returned to Australia with Cardiac Insufficiency on the 4th May 1917 aboard the Hospital Ship Themistocles. He arrived in Australia on the 5th July 1917, and was discharged as medically unfit on the 31st July 1917.