William Arthur (Dubit) Smith

William Arthur (Dubit) Smith

William Arthur (Dubit) Smith William Smith followed the example of his younger brother, Peter, and enlisted in January 1916. He was a 35 year old labourer and a veteran of the Boer War. William served with the 10th Light Trench Mortar Battery, arriving in France in November 1916. In June 1917, he was involved in […]

Hedley John Bonner

Hedley John Bonner

Hedley John Bonner Hedley Bonner enlisted in the Otago Infantry Brigade of the New Zealand forces in October 1914, at the age of 26. Hedley’s father and mother lived on Wetmore at Ross, he a gardener, and she a domestic servant. His grandfather lived and worked on Somercotes for 70 years. Hedley had been working […]

Raymond Percy Bonner

Raymond Percy Bonner

Raymond Percy Bonner When Raymond Bonner joined up in May 1915, he had just turned 20. He had been working in New Zealand with his brother Hedley, as a timber worker. He added two years to his age to avoid the need for parental consent. He joined the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and arrived in […]

Learn to Knit workshops coming up

Learn to Knit workshops coming up

The Tasmanian Wool Centre is delighted to offer Learn to Knit workshops for kids and adults in October. Kids on Thursdays: 3rd and 10th October, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Adults on Saturdays. 5th and 19th October, 10.30am – 12.30pm. It’s so much fun learning to knit, and once you’re hooked, there’ll be no stopping you!   […]

Henry Francis (Frank) Leedham

Henry Francis (Frank) Leedham

Henry Francis (Frank) Leedham Frank signed up to the Navy in January 1913, at the age of 17. He listed his grandmother, Elizabeth Smith of Portugal Street, Ross, as his next of kin. One of 13 children, Frank grew up on the Parramore property, Wetmore at Ross and the Muirhead property, Woodford at Campbell Town […]

William Earnest Leedham

William Earnest Leedham

William Earnest Leedham William enlisted in September 1915, at the age of 18. He arrived in France in April 1916, serving at the Somme with the 1st Pioneer Battalion, and then with the Australian Mining Corps, the corps responsible for tunneling operations and laying mines beneath enemy trenches. He returned to the Battalion and was […]

Leslie Gibson Davidson

Leslie Gibson Davidson

Like his brother Clarence, Leslie Davidson enlisted in the 12th Battalion in December 1914. He was 21 years old and working as a labourer. After serving at Gallipoli, he was shipped to France. He suffered from shellshock in 1916, and then in May 1917, was wounded in the shoulder. He recovered to rejoin his unit. […]

Clarence (Clarrie) Gordon Davidson

Clarence (Clarrie) Gordon Davidson

Clarence Davidson was 19 years old when he signed up with the 12th Battalion in December 1914. He had been working as a labourer and rabbit trapper after the sudden death of his father in 1912, helping to support his mother and six younger siblings. Clarence was a slight young man, weighing only 56 kilos […]

Charles (Charlie) Templeton

Charles (Charlie) Templeton

Charlie Templeton was working as a labourer when he enlisted in the 12th Battalion in December 1914. He gave his age as 21 but he was only 19. Charlie had a difficult upbringing. He was the illegitimate child of Eliza Templeton. She was frequently before the courts under charges of being drunk and disorderly. When […]

Charles Templeton

Charles Templeton

Charles enlisted in October 1916 when he was 44 years old. He was a labourer and unmarried, and listed his mother Catherine, living in Ross, as her next of kin. Charles arrived in France with the 40th Battalion in April 1917. He was gassed in June during operations near Messines and treated in France. In […]

Thomas William Rawnsley

Thomas William Rawnsley

Thomas enlisted in November 1915, at the age of 28. He was married to Ella May and they lived in Sydney with their two children. Thomas was working as a labourer. The Rawnsleys were a family of quarrymen with Thomas’ father and grandfather both working in Ross quarries. Thomas’ father lived in a stone house […]

Leonard John Templeton

Leonard John Templeton

Leonard Templeton was 21 years old when he enlisted in August 1916. He was farming with his father, John, in Tunbridge. On arriving in England, he was assigned to the 4th Machine Gun Company, arriving in France in March 1917. In August 1918 he was wounded in fighting near Harbonnieres. He suffered severe concussion after […]