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Saturday, January 24, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
|In the back row, far left, is No 840 Private Fred Gunson Marsden who joined the 3rd Pioneers in Queensland in 1916. He was identified in a photograph of the 3rd Pioneer Battalion by his granddaughter, Ellie Tyssen.|
Then I heard from Ellie Tyssen who was the first to recognise someone in the lineup, her grandfather Fred Marsden. Ellie provided the photo above, and hopes that someone may be able to identify her grandfather's comrades. The man standing on the far left was his mate Harry "Plug" Southerland from the same Company. C Company were overwhelmingly from Queensland, though with a small number of Victorians included.
You can see C Company, 3rd Pioneer Battalion here.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
|Airman's funeral, Sleepyhillock, Montrose. Courtesy of Ian Edwards, 2015.|
Arthur Ernest Percival Mott of Salisbury St Essendon was training as a pilot when his aeroplane was lost at sea near Montrose, Scotland. It was some time before his body was found on the beach. A military funeral was arranged, which may even have been the one pictured above. Arthur, though still very young, had made an impression on the military authorities already, and you can read why here.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
|Lieutenant AEP Mott's memorial in Montrose, Scotland. Courtesy of Ian Edwards.|
HEROIC AIRMAN.Lost in Sea Fog.A Loss to the Empire.
By the death of Lieutenant Arthur E. Mott, of the Australian Flying Corps, who was lost in a sea fog off the coast of Scotland, and drowned on 24th December, at the age of 22 years, the Empire (says the Melbourne "Herald") has been deprived of a brave soldier, who appeared destined for unusual distinction as an airman.
HEROIC AIRMAN. (1918, January 10). Bendigonian (Bendigo, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 27. Retrieved January 8, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89087658
You can read why Lieutenant Mott was regarded as a "Loss to the Empire" here.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
|Thought to be the 3rd Reinforcments of the 14th Battalion, courtesy of Jenny Fawcett.|
The above photo was recently the subject of a blog post by Jenny Fawcett, who hopes to identify the unit involved with the help of descendants of the men in the photo. She believes it is the 3rd Reinforcements of the 14th Infantry Battalion. You can see her original post on her blogpost Mystery WW1 Photo: 3rd Reinforcement 14th Battalion AIF? together with a transcription of their Embarkation Roll
I was interested to note that the Embarkation Roll included two local men included in my database: Gladwyn Garnett of Ascot Vale and William Kelly of Essendon.
|Unit unknown, courtesy of Christine Laskowski.|
I was also interested to note the similar background to the photo of another one I have been given with a view to identifying the group. I haven't started on it, but it would be useful to identify the location the photo was taken, so if anyone knows or has seen something similar, both Jenny and I would be very interested to know of it.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
|Courtesy of Janine Beamish.|
Gordon Anderson sent his heartiest greetings to friends and family at Christmas, 1918. Gordon still had another eleven months in uniform before being discharged in Melbourne on 25 November 1919.
Have a safe and happy Christmas, everyone.