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. […]

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 […]

Charles McGee

Charles McGee

Charles was 41 when he signed up with the 12th Battalion in September 1915. He sailed from Fremantle in January 1916 and arrived in France (via Egypt) in June. In July he was appointed to the rank of Gunner with the 10th Field Artillery Brigade and posted to the 39th Battery. In October 1918 he […]

Henry (Harry) Gillam

Henry (Harry) Gillam

Harry had been working as a miner when he enlisted in March 916, joining the 40th Battalion. He was 26, and married to Ellie, the sister of Tom Garwood. From August 1917, he was deployed fighting in France and Belgium. He was awarded the Belgium Croix de Guerre for his role in action at Passchendaele […]

George Stanley Roberts

George Stanley Roberts

George Roberts was working as a telegraphist in June 1915, when he enlisted in the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade at the age of 18. His father, Elijah, was a blacksmith and wheelwright, and lived in Church Street, Ross. George arrived at Gallipoli in November 1915 then, after the forces were evacuated, became dangerously ill in […]

Leslie Charles Bean

Leslie Charles Bean

Leslie worked with his father and brother as a shepherd on Williamwood before enlisting in April 1916. He served in the 15th Field Company of Engineers in France, and was gassed in fighting in April 1918, in the second battle of Villers-Bretonneux. His mother died in 1917 with tow of her sons, Leslie and Arnold, […]

Percival Cyril Bonner

Percival Cyril Bonner

Percival Cyril Bonner Percival Bonner was a 21 year old married man, working as a labourer, when he enlisted in July 1915. He and his wife, Mary, had been living in Melbourne, but during the war, Mary spent some time in Ross, staying with Percival’s parents in their cottage in Badajos Street. Percival arrived in […]

Albert John Harding

Albert John Harding

Albert joined the 40th Battalion in April 1916, at the age of 23. He and his father Charles were both working as shepherds on Charlton. He arrived in France in November 1916. In May 1917, he suffered a gunshot would to the arm in fighting towards the Messine Ridge. He rejoined his unit in November. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]