Sep 1, 2014

a very busy project!


Over the past year or so I have been researching and gathering photos and information on the members of my family (including extended family) that served in both World Wars.

My 'goal' has been to document what I can in memory of these men that fought in such horrendous conditions so that we may experience some form of peace today.

The ones I have completed are listed below:



if anyone has any extra data on any of the above, do please let me know.
           
Leone Fabre





Aug 31, 2014

Albert Henry Blackmore [1894 - 1918]




Albert Henry Blackmore was the third child of John Alexander Blackmore and Edith Caroline Riggs. He was born at Maldon in Victoria, Australia on 7th November 1894.

He had four sisters, Alice born in 1891, then Clarice in 1892, Violet in 1897, Miriam in 1901 and then a brother named Colin that was born in 1904.
Alice was born in Broken Hill in NSW, but died before she reached one year old.


In 1915 Albert decided to enlist in the AIF, so signed up on 19th July 1915 in Melbourne. He was allocated to the 21st Battalion, 4th Regiment, A Company with service number 2116.



He did his training at Broadmeadows Army Camp before departing on the HMAT A20 HORORATA on 24th September bound for the Middle East via Perth, Western Australia.


HMAT HORORATA


The following is from the "21st Battalion History Details"

We arrived at Tel-el-kebir in the midst of the first rain storm we had experienced in Egypt and found that the few tents on our camping ground were occupied by our 4th, 5th and part of our 6th reinforcements. After a few days when we had sorted ourselves out we found that we were in camp alongside the 1st Division. Both Divisions were complete with artillery, engineers and all division troops for the first time, our own divisional artillery and engineers having arrived from Australia to join us.

The Battalion stayed at Tel-el-kebir training till the 25th January (1916) when the Division moved out to take over the Canal Zone defences. We travelled by train to Ismailia---Moasar and marched to Ferry Post. Next day we marched from Ferry Post to our defensive position near Hog Back, ten miles in a straight line. After consultation with some who took part in most of our marches, the writer unhesitatingly puts this down as the worst "promenade" we ever did. Every man was fully equipped with extra ammunition, rations and two blankets in addition to the ordinary Etceteras. When we reached the end the ‘Q’ department had failed and we solaced ourselves on Bully beef, biscuits and very little water. And all this in the heat of the Egyptian sun; yes it was some march.


Routine on the Sinai’s Desert was strenuous. Training occupied our time by day, and one night in four each company had a run on outpost duty. We owed a great deal of our efficiency in France to the six weeks spent guarding the Canal. In February the Brigade Machine Gun Company was formed and the Battalion M.G. Officer and Sergeant attended a course of Lewis Gunnery at Ismailia.

The early hours of the 19th March found us in open trucks in the rain once more en route for Alexandria where next day we embarked on the "Minnewaska" for Marseilles. The voyage was pleasant as regards weather but nervy as regards submarines and we were glad to tie up safety alongside a French wharf in the afternoon of the 24th March. The 2nd Division was the first Australian unit in France except the Siege Artillery and the 1st Divisional Motor Transport. This being the case our reception was exceptionally enthusiastic. During our three days train journey from Marseilles to Aire. We were delighted by the sight of the green countryside, the broad sweep of the Rhone and the undoubted warmth of our welcome from the people.

We detrained at Aire on the 27th March (1916) and marched to our first billets in Glominghem; more rain. Thus early in our career we had established that the 21st Battalion moved either in the rain or on a Sunday. At Glominghem we were practiced in route marching on hard roads again, a change from the desert and put through a gas cloud. The 6th Light Trench Mortar Battery, our friends throughout the war came into being at this time. Their little weapon, the Stokes Mortar at once took the fancy of us all and ever since when in trouble we have called for the little guns, and found them at their posts. During our stay at Glominghem, we were reviewed by Lord Kitchener.


"On 4th April we marched towards the line at Fleurbaix staying the first night at Haverskerque (13 miles) and the second at Sailly (10 miles)".

"Once again the first Australian Infantry unit to take the plunge, we left Sailly for the front line on the evening of the 7th April to take over from the 10th Battalion, Lincoln Regt."

Our first days in France were happy days. Glad to be free from the drag of the desert; satisfied with the thought that we were now to take part in a campaign in which there was a possibility of warfare of movement; fit as fiddles, trained to a hair and broken in to the sights and sounds of warfare. We were some Battalion. The idea of warfare of movement remained our dream for more than two years before we actually saw it. Not till the summer of 1918 did we know the joy of having the Hun on the run. Our dreams were then justified and as General Monash has said, we realised that there is no such tonic for weary troops as success.

April 1916

Early June 1916:
Training, rifle cleaning, Church Parades etc in the Rue Marle area of France.

22nd June 1916:

Albert was transferred to England on 22 June, admitted to University War Hospital on 23 June,
Possibly Bacterial and viral infections of the gastrointestinal tract, transferred to Enteric Depot, Woldingham on 8th July 1916. Discharged 25 July 1916.

26th July 1916:
21st Battalion getting ready to hit the Front line at Pozieres.

30th July 1916:
preparing orders for attack on German Lines & making prem. arrangements re keeping direction etc. Taking over the trenches from 23rd Battalion. 21st Battalion to relieve same in the afternoon.

 21st August 1916:
Roue March from Vadencourt to Brickfields near ALBERT. Then to TARA GULLY, SAUSAGE VALLEY & WIRE TRENCH.


at Sausage Valley

By November 1916 the 21st Battalion were in billets at Dernancourt and by the 20th December they were relieving the 59th Battalion at the Front Line.

Early in 1917 they were still in the trenches in France with continual heavy bombardment from the enemy.  This continued through till the end of February 1917.



in hospital for at total of 76 days due to Rat bites.
1st March 1917:
in hospital 37 days due to RAT BITE behind the left ear. Bitten by rats in the trenches at Loupart Bastian. General condition poor. Then in June was again bitten behind the ear by rats. Infected glands large & tender. Heart/pulse rapid. In hospital another 39 days.
"In the cramped trenches, many parasites thrived. The worst of these were the rodents: rats gorged themselves on human remains, and grew to massive sizes: some reported rats as big as domestic cats. The rats would also sometimes eat the fresh rations of the soldiers, and nibble at the soldiers themselves as they slept or if they were wounded. The rodents would attack a corpse's eyes, and then burrow themselves into the bodies. They were a terrible problem: as one pair of rats can produce as much as 880 offspring a year, the trenches were soon crawling with millions of them. Some men made pets of the animals as company, but most rats were fearsome creatures"


1st October 1917:
in October participated in the 3-kilometre advance that captured Broodseinde Ridge, east of Ypres. Like the rest of the AIF the battalion saw out the year recuperating from the trials of the Ypres sector.

 
"Ypres in the autumn in 1917 was an area of muddy shell holes over which only the paths were corduroy roads and duckboard tracks. These were all well registered by the enemy and movement was difficult in the forward areas. The battle on the 4th October (1917) was a Triumph as also was the following show on the 9th; both however cost us (21st Bn) dearly. In the two shows we lost particularly heavily in officers, thirteen killed outright. The casualties for this period were: -

Officers, 10 killed, 10 wounded, 3 missing, Total 23

Other ranks, 62 killed, 330 wounded, 24 missing,Total 416"


6th November 1917:
Albert Blackmore was back in hospital (for his 22nd birthday!) this time with Typhoid Fever. He certainly had his fair share of 'hospital admissions', two with rat bites and one with Typhoid.

Towards Christmas 1917 the 21st Battalion were back in the Front Line, this time at Ploegsteert and Hill 63 in Belgium.

April 1918:

Albert had now moved from Ploegsteert area to Lavieville area, where the 21st Bn stayed for the rest of April 1918 in the Front Line.

19th May 1918 at
Ville-Sur-Ancre, France
Albert was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty near Albert on 19 May 1918 .......





at the age of 23 years, Albert Blackmore was appointed a Lance-Corporal at Querrieu, Somme, France. This was in June 1918.

19th July 1918:
records show the 21st Battalion at Villers-Bretonneux on 19, 20th, 21st & 22nd .. but on the 23rd July, Albert was wounded in action by being 'gassed'
at Villers-Bretonneux.
 
"at 10:00pm enemy opened a heavy bombardment of
Gas Shells on Villers-Bretonneux and the vicinity ..... "


Three weeks later - on 13th August - Albert rejoined his Battalion, the 21st Battalion in France.

But sadly, just 19 days later, on the first day of the Battle of St Quentin, Albert Henry Blackmore was KIA. It was Sunday 1st September 1918
and he was just age of 23 years. 

The Battle of Mont Saint-Quentin was a battle on the Western Front during World War I. As part of the Allied counteroffensives on the Western Front in the late summer of 1918, the Australian Corps crossed the Somme River on the night of August 31, and broke the German lines at Mont Saint-Quentin and Péronne. The British Fourth Army's commander, General Henry Rawlinson, described the Australian advances of August 31 – September 4 as the greatest military achievement of the war. During the battle Australian troops stormed, seized and held the key height of Mont Saint-Quentin (overlooking Péronne), a pivotal German defensive position on the line of the Somme. 

The 7th Brigade advanced through us on the morning of the 2nd September and inflicted another severe defeat on the Hun, after which he set off hot foot for his next defensive position, the Hindenburg line. We took few prisoners, our numbers being so small and the Huns fighting so desperately, prevented us doing so. We, however captured 58 machine guns and many senior officers were of the opinion that there were more dead Huns after Mont St. Quentin than any other battle on the Battalion front.

above:
Grave marker of eleven members of the 21st Battalion who were all killed in action at Mont St Quentin, France on 1 September 1918 and buried in a mass grave.

Listed on the plaque are:
6817 Sergeant Colin Edward Hunt from Surrey Hills, Victoria; 2116 Lance Corporal (L Cpl) Albert Henry Blackmore, MM from North Maldon, Victoria;
5413 L Cpl Gustaf William Oscar Staaf from Echuca, Victoria; 6833 Private (Pte) Albert Edwin Kelly from Ballarat, Victoria; 6874 Pte Francis William Roberts from Upper Hawthorn, Victoria;
6380 Pte Alfred Roy Smerdon, from Murrayville, Victoria; 6178 Pte William Hugh Thorburn from Newtown, NSW;
664A Pte Edwin Werrett Thompson from Colac, Victoria; 6747 Pte William Francis Dowell from Thornbury, Victoria; 6781 Pte David George Gregory Chandler from North Williamstown, Victoria;
6398 Pte Alexander Walker from Rochester, Victoria.

The above listed were all later moved to individual graves in the Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, France.



Péronne, Somme, Picardie, France
Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row L, Grave No. 32), France

Notice in The Argus (Melbourne) 17 Sept 1918

Blackmore - Mr & Mrs Alexander Blackmore, of Maldon, have been officially notified that their son, Lance Corporal Albert Henry Blackmore was killed in action in France on Sept 1. He enlisted in July 1915 when 21 yrs.



at the AWM in Canberra

Albert Henry Blackmore's name will be projected onto the exterior of the Hall of Memory on:

  • Fri 12 September, 2014 at 1:48 am
  • Fri 31 October, 2014 at 8:49 pm
  • Wed 24 December, 2014 at 11:28 pm
  • Tue 17 February, 2015 at 12:17 am
  • Tue 7 April, 2015 at 5:19 am
  • Tue 19 May, 2015 at 3:04 am
  • Sat 27 June, 2015 at 1:30 am
  • Tue 4 August, 2015 at 1:27 am
These dates and times are estimates. The actual time of projection could change as a result of weather and other factors, so it is advisable to check closer to the date. In the rare event of a temporary loss of electrical power, the names scheduled for display in that period will not appear until the next time listed.



Family connections:
Arthur Geraldton HIGGS embarked on HMAT HORORATA in Perth in October 1915.  Same ship that Albert BLACKMORE embarked on in Melbourne in September.

Arthur HIGGS was KIA 24th July 1916 at Pozieres.



further websites and links that were of great help in the above blog post:








with grateful thanks








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Aug 25, 2014

George Bowden HUDSON [1891 - 1982]


George Bowden Hudson was the sixth child of William Charles Hudson and his wife, Matilda Ellen King.

George was born in Moama in New South Wales (Australia) on 8th October 1891. War broke out when George was 22 years of age, but it was not until July 1915 that he enlisted at Echuca in the 31st Battalion and given service number 710 in the AIF.






He completed his training at Broadmeadows Camp in Melbourne before departing Melbourne on board the HMAT A62 WANDILLA on 9th November 1915 bound for the Middle East. The Battalion arrived at Suez on 7th December 1915.


Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board
HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915

16th March 1916 - Innoculations “C” Company – 1st dose typhoid and paratyphoid. 1st Parade on bayonet fighting and physical training 2nd Parade on company training under OC companies 3rd Parade on half holiday.


The 31st Battalion continued with physical training and bayonet fighting and were in the Middle East until June 1916 when it departed for Marseilles in France.  By 1st July they were at Morbecque and being put through a practical demonstration of poisonous gas and gas helmet instruction.

Morbecque in France

9th July - 1030-1430: Battalion left Estaires 1000 hours and Brigade starting point 1030. Destination Erquinghem via Croix du Bac, Bac St Maur. Bn met at Croix du Bac by guide & led to billets in Rue Dormoire abt 1 mile west of Erquinghem, relieving the 18th Bn.

16th July - First of Battalion arrived at Fleurbaix (Bois-Granier Line, France) about 1430 to find billeting arrangements inadequate and incomplete. It took some time to make suitable arrangements and it was 0430 hours before last of the men were billeted.


19th July - The 31st Battalion fought its first major battle at Fromelles on 19 July 1916, having only entered the front-line trenches 3 days previously. The attack was a disastrous introduction to battle for the 31st - it suffered 572 casualties.

20th July -
0545: Captured positions could not be held so a retirement was made at 0545 back to our own lines. Very heavy casualties and men completely broken. 0900: Battalion taken out of front line and re-billeted at Fleurbaix. Estimated casualties 600 of all ranks.




parts of the 31st Battalion War Diary reads as ........




To have a much better understanding of what the Diggers went through at Fromelles - and in particular the 31st Battalion - it is perhaps wise to read the diaries of the 31st Battalion

The following are just six pages of Appendix C from the diary dated 19th July 1916.






By the first week of August, George Hudson was back at Fleurbeaux in France. The Bn diary - for the 3rd August - reads as: Situation quiet. Few parties of enemy noticed behind enemy lines but in general troops well under cover. Battalion growing much more cheerful after grueling of 19 and 20 July 1916 ultimo. Foggy weather prevails in the mornings.
31 August - La Motte, France.

Battalion under canvas at La Motte. Small replica RF 1/110 of Bois des Vaches built in camp area for lecture purposes.

21 September -
Armentieres, France.


Day fine but roads in bad condition. Arrived Armentieres at 10.40am & settled in billets at 11am. Brigade notified. very bad condition, mud plentiful bags in parapet and communication trenches rotten and walls tumbling in.

when reading through the diaries, it seems most days the weather & conditions were intolerable....


30th October - Montauban, France.

Very wet and mud conditions simply indescribable. Horses tractor engines stuck everywhere on the roads. Majority of roads being laid with logs in transverse section.


One year later after spending much of their time around the Somme area, 
the Battalion arrived at Wippenhoek, in Belgium on
19th September.

25 September 1917 -
Warning Order received from Brigade that Battalion to be held in readiness to move at short notice. 10.00 pm: Battalion moved off to front line to take part in the horrendous Battle of Polygon Wood.

The 31st fought in the Ypres sector. The battle began at 5.30 am on 26 September 1917, when the British and Dominion guns opened on a 10 kilometre front. The intention was to build on the gains made during the Battle of Menin Road. The AIF 4th and 5th Divisions were responsible for a 2500-metre sector and one of their main objectives was Polygon Wood Butts, the target on the Ypres district rifle range.



"the 4,000 men of the six attacking battalions dashed forward at a run ........
George Bowden Hudson was one of those men in the 5th Division.
Ypres - 1917

2nd May 1918 - at Bois d'Accroche, Le Hamel, France

by the 2nd May 1918 the Battalion were at this location.
Bois d'Accroché, Le Hamel, France

13th May 1918 - Wounded in Action.

wounded in action - gassed. According to the Bn diary the Artillery was active during the day. "Suggest" that he was wounded at Vaire, Le Hamel, France.




Poison gas was probably the most feared of all weapons in World War One. Poison gas was indiscriminate and could be used on the trenches even when no attack was going on. 

Whereas the machine gun killed more soldiers overall during the war, death was frequently instant or not drawn out and soldiers could find some shelter in bomb/shell craters from gunfire. A poison gas attack meant soldiers having to put on crude gas masks and if these were unsuccessful, an attack could leave a victim in agony for days and weeks before he finally succumbed to his injuries.

Gassed Australian soldiers awaiting treatment near
Bois de L'Abbe outside Villers-Bretonneux 1918.



Location of where George Hudson was wounded

George Bowden Hudson returned to Australia on 8th April 1919 and in 1923 he married Inez Emily Henderson. Daughter of John Gill Henderson and Mary Margaret Simpson.



On the 12th August 1982 George died in Deniliquin at the age of 90 years. He is buried at the Mathoura Cemetery along side his wife - Inez - who died in 1979.




with grateful thanks to the following 

for use of data and images





 

the above information on George Bowden Hudson has been collected over many years, but if anyone has any further data I would be more than happy to hear from you!

George Hudson is my first cousin (2 x removed)

we relate through my great great grandmother:
Elizabeth Jane RICHARDS
[1837 - 1919]






LEST WE FORGET


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Aug 12, 2014

Harold Alfred Eustace [1892 - 1915]

 The forgotten Battle of Sari Bair Range ~ August 1915

Located just 40 minutes south of Burnie in Tasmania, Australia, lies the quiet little town of Waratah.

map showing Mt Bischoff and Waratah in Tasmania.

Map of Tasmania, a southern state of Australia.

This was the birthplace of the Tasmanian tin mining industry and introduced Tasmania to an industrial era.

In 1871, while prospectors searched for gold, silver and osmiridium along the Pieman and Donaldson Rivers, James ‘Philosopher’ Smith found tin at Mt. Bischoff.  This was the beginning of the mining era, a mining era that took the state out of financial crisis and saved Tasmania.



It was here at Mt Bischoff that John Eustace was born in the September of 1848. 
  John's parents and family remained living in this area for many years and it was about 1880 that John Eustace married Mary Duncan. Mary and John had seven known children, two of these children being sons - Harold and John - who worked as miners in the local mines.

Harold Alfred Eustace was born in Waratah on 21st November 1892 and his brother - John Montague Eustace - was born on 31st August 1896.


War was declared in the August of 1914 and just a few weeks later, both John and Harold enlisted in the AIF.  John was 18 years of age and Harold was 21 years of age.  Harold's service number being 1031 and John's was 1032.

They were both admitted into the 15th Battalion, G Company and both embarked Melbourne on 22nd December 1914 on board the HMAT A40 CERAMIC bound for the Middle East.



Harold Alfred Eustace - 1914

On Harold's enlistment papers he is described as being 22 years of age, 5'7" tall (170cm) weighed 11 stone (70kg) had a fair complexion, brown hair and brown eyes and his religion was listed as Church of England. He also had a tattoo on his right forearm.

Their training was undertaken at the Broadmeadows Camp.

Prior to heading off to the Middle East, the 15th Battalion marched through the streets of Melbourne on 17th December 1914.



Crowds line Collins Street, Melbourne to watch the parade of signallers, band and men of the 15th Battalion, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel J H Cannan, while the 4th Infantry Brigade, under the command of Colonel J Monash VD, marched to and from Broadmeadows Camp. Note the spectators looking from the building windows and roofs.

On 22nd December, 1914 the battalion was marched to Broadmeadows Station and left by two special trains to Port Melbourne where they boarded the HMAT CERAMIC a White Star liner. They steamed out of Melbourne at 2pm bound for Albany, Western Australia where the ship would join the fleet of transports heading for Europe. Owing to the lack of deck space, the training of the troops at sea was difficult. However, four times a day parades were held with instruction in musketry, physical training and rifle exercises. Many of the men suffered from sea sickness in the Great Australian Bight however most were was well enough to attend Church Parade on Christmas Day, 1914 and enjoy a Christmas meal of cold pork, potatoes, haricot beans and tough plum pudding.


Finally on 20th January, 1915 the Ceramic entered Aden Harbour in what is today, Yemen. The harbour had many ships anchored including the Empress of Russia a liner that had been requisitioned by the British Admiralty and armed for active service. As well there were many native craft and before long they had thrown their lines on board and the natives were trading with the troops much to their amusement and delight. The weather was calm and very hot.

On the 30th January the convoy moved single file into the Suez Canal. Priority was given to the troop convoy and emigrant ships such as Orsova and others had to wait for them to pass.

The troops were anxious to disembark; they had heard of heavy fighting on the Suez Canal, however, bad weather prevented their disembarkation until 3rd February at Alexandria. There was a close call with the Ceramic breaking three lines, and she was she was nearly blown onto the Eastville. The next day they landed and loaded their kit bags onto trucks with some kit bags having disappeared from the hold during the trip. Police had difficulty keeping the Egyptians from the gangway and before disembarking the men had been warned not to drink the water, alcohol or not to seek the comfort of local woman as venereal disease was very prevalent. The battalion travelled to Cairo by train arriving the next day.



The Camp at Heliopolis in Egypt


From 3rd February until 5th April 1915, the 15th battalion camped at Aerodrome Camp, Heliopolis and was trained in battalion, brigade and divisional fighting. Despite the warnings given to the men, many succumbed to the temptations of Cairo and charges of drunkenness and absent without leave were plentiful as well as admissions to hospital for venereal disease.

The 15th Battalion left Alexandria on the transport ships Australind and Seang Bee bound for Lemnos Island. The Seang Bee arrived at Lemnos on the 14th April. The troops were trained in disembarkation of the ship into cutters and horseboats until the 24th April. On the 25th April the Australind  with headquarters staff, B & D Companies reached the entrance to the Dardanelles and witnessed the landing and bombardment of the landing British troops.

The Seang Bee anchored at about 4.00 pm opposite the disembarkation point and, at 4.30 pm a destroyer took off 2 companies, however, they were not landed until 10.30 pm. While waiting the destroyer came under fire from shrapnel and four men were hit.

From May to August the 15th Battalion was heavily involved in establishing and defending the front line of the Anzac Beachhead.

The August Offensive in the Sari Bair Range, 6–10 August 1915

Turkish  artillery in action on Gallipoli, 1915.
Turkish artillery in action on Gallipoli, 1915.
[AWM A05290]

On 6th August, the Allies launched an offensive in an effort to try to break the deadlock, during which the 15th Battalion attacked the Abdel Rahman Bair heights, which was known to the Australians as "Hill 971".



In reading the account of
The August Offensive in the Sari Bair Range, 6–10 August 1915  it certainly brings to the fore
the sheer numbers of loss of life and the overwhelming numbers of the severely wounded.

In one of these valleys Private Ormond Burton, New Zealand Medical Corps, witnessed the plight of some 300 wounded:



No-one appeared to be responsible for them. Their wounds were uncared for and in the heat some were in a shocking state. They had no food and no water .... Many were hit a second and third time as they lay helplessly … Many died there, some able to see the hospital ships with their green bands and red crosses no distance out to sea. On one trip I gave my water bottle to a Turkish officer with four or five of his men about him. He gave every drop to his men and took not a mouthful himself. I saw nothing more dreadful during the whole war than the suffering of those forgotten men.
 

Stretcher-bearers at work during the August offensive in the Sari Bair Range. They are probably members of the 4th Australian Field Ambulance at Walden Grove
From the diary of the 15th Bn on the afternoon of the 7th August 1915

WIA on 7th August 1915 at Gallipoli
admitted and transferred to Mudros
prior to being admitted 'dangerously ill' to Hospital in Alexandria via HS DELTA
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In the early hours of 8th August, three battalions of the 4th Brigade–the 14th, 15th and 16th–set out. Dawn found them nowhere near the approach to Kocacimentepe. As the Australian battalions advanced over an exposed slope, Turkish machine guns opened up. Against this concentrated Turkish fire little progress was made. In the words of the Australian official history, the 15th Battalion, with most of its officers dead or wounded, ‘broke southwards’ for cover. One Australian who disappeared on 8 August as the 15th came under attack was Sergeant Joseph McKinley of Yass, New South Wales. A comrade wrote:


The men fell under furious fire. It was terrible; the men were falling like rabbits. Many were calling for mothers and sisters. They fell a good way, in many cases, from the Turkish lines. Sgt McKinley … did very good work on the Peninsula. It was commonly believed that he was killed on that morning during the advance. He was never seen again.

Harold Eustace was admitted to the 17th General Hospital is Alexandria on 11th August 1915 and the notes in his service records state "seriously wounded with a gun shot wound to the pelvis, buttock and right thigh". He later developed pneumonia and died on 7th September 1915. One month after he was wounded in the Battle of Sari Bair Range at Gallipoli.

He is buried at in Plot H grave 19.
Chatby War Memorial Cemetery at Alexandria, Egypt.




Below is a letter from his father - John Eustace of Zeehan, Tasmania - to The Minister for Defence in Melbourne requesting the date in which Harold was killed.



DIED OF WOUNDS.

Mr. J. Eustace of Rosebery has received word from the Secretary for Defence that his son Private Harold Eustace succumbed to his wounds at the 17th General Hospital, Alexandria. The deceased went with the Second Expeditionary Force, and resided at Burnie a few years ago. He was 23 years of age. His brother, John Eustace, who has been twice wounded, is at present an inmate of the 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis.

The North Western Advocate 30th September 1915



LEST WE FORGET

Harold Alfred Eustace
1892 - 1915


his brother - John Montague Eustace - returned to Australia after being wounded. His story will appear at a later date.


with grateful thanks to the following websites for help & support
but especially for the use of their data and images so that we can have access to 

The Anzac Landing


some of the above detail in the blog post 

regarding the actual voyage 
of HMAT Ceramic in 1914
came from the diary of

Herbert William Cooke


who was also in the 15th Battalion and
was born in Dundatha in 1893 in Queensland



Harold Alfred EUSTACE is not directly related to myself, he is related to my two children thru their paternal line.

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