William Walter Martin

William Walter Martin

William was 24 years old and living in Melbourne when he enlisted in December 1915. He arrived in France in January 2017 with a contingent of reinforcements for the 15th Battalion. In June he was admitted to hospital suffering from trench fever. In November 1917, he married 20 year old Christina Edith Merchant. He then […]

Museum & Female Factory Cottage temporarily closed

We are sad to notify that our Museum and the Female Factory Cottage are temporarily closed. The store at the Tasmanian Wool Centre is still open, and the grounds at the Female Factory are there for wandering around and reading the interpretation. Please maintain physical distancing of 1.5 mt from others to help everyone around […]

George Frederick Eley

George Frederick Eley

George enlisted at the same time as his uncle Fred, in September 1915. He was 23 years old and working as a clerk. His family lived in Fernleigh in Church Street, Ross. George was a Gunner with the 17th Battery Field Artillery. He arrived in France in March 1916 and just over seven months later, […]

Alfred (Alf or Grat) John Martin

Alfred (Alf or Grat) John Martin

Alfred had been working on wool properties around Ross when he enlisted in January 916, at the age of 23. He served with the 52nd and 51st Battalion in France as a Driver and ‘came through without a scratch’. He returned to Australia in 1919. He was granted 200 acres of land in the Lake […]

Gordon Francis Roberts

Gordon Francis Roberts

Gordon Roberts enlisted in April 1916 when he was 22 years old. He had been apprenticed to his father, as a wheelwright. After training in England, he arrived in France in June 1917 as a Sapper with the 7th Field Company Engineers. He was admitted to hospital in September 1917, with reportedly a nervous condition. […]

George Phillip Smith

George Phillip Smith

When George Smith enlisted in September 1915, he had just turned 18. He had been working on Ellenthorpe as a farm labourer, alongside his father Phillip, a wool classer. George served with the 2nd Pioneers, arriving in France in December 1916. He was wounded in April 1917, with a gunshot wound to the right hand. […]

Stanley George Richards

Stanley George Richards

Stanley enlisted in January 1918 at the age of 18, having been working as a clerk. He had his vaccinations, attended basic training at Claremont Camp and, as a Sapper, was sent to the Wireless Training School in Sydney. His progress in the recruitment process was overtaken by the end of hostilities and he was […]

Frederick (Fred) Eley

Frederick (Fred) Eley

When Fred enlisted in September 1915, he was 44 years old, married, and working as a saddler. He arrived in France late in 1916, part of the 40th Battalion. He took part in fighting in the Battles of Messines and Broodseinde Ridge. After a bout of influenza, he re-joined his unit just before the action […]

Herbert John Richards

Herbert John Richards

Herbert was 20 years old when he joined up in January 1916. He was married to Corinda Evelyn (nee Adams) and working as a Railway clerk. His father-in-law also worked for the Railways. Herbert arrived in France in April 1917 and served as a Sapper with several different units. He returned to Tasmania in 1919. […]

James Gerald Albert Fitch

James Gerald Albert Fitch

James was a police constable when he enlisted in October 1916 at the age of 23. After training in England, he reached France early in 1918. He served in the 3rd Machine Gun Battalion and managed to reach the end of the war without suffering major illness or wounding. After returning to Australia, James worked […]

Bryan Mary Fitch

Bryan Mary Fitch

Bryan joined the 12th Battalion in August 1916, at the age of 26. Bryan was working as a labourer and his father, Thomas, was a shearer on Syndal. The family had strong ties with Tunbridge and owned property there. Bryan arrived in France in April 1917. In September that year, he was shot in the […]

Harry John (Stump) Richards

Harry John (Stump) Richards

Harry enlisted in July 1915 at the age of 27. He was, like many of the Richards clan, a monumental mason. Harry arrived in France in November 1916, assigned to the 28th Battalion. In June 1917, during operations near Babaume, Harry was transferred to hospital in England with Trench Fever. He was discharged in January […]