The AIF’s 8th Light Horse Regiment (LHR) formed in September 1914, had among its ranks many Western District men. It was for that reason I was recently contacted by Dean Noske who is currently researching the 8th LHR, in particular, B Squadron. As I’m familiar with the 8th LHR, mostly due to the involvement of Edward Ellis Henty of The Caves Hamilton, grandson of Stephen G. Henty, I was keen to help Dean reach out to family members of the Western District men.
The following photo has been a favourite of mine, found among the Australian War Memorial‘s collection. Pictured are four Western District officers of the 8th LHR, Lieutenants Edward Ellis Henty, Eliot Gratton Wilson, Robert Ernest Baker and Major Thomas Redford. Also joining them in the photo was Lieutenant Borthwick of Melbourne. The relaxed nature of their poses and uniforms, the mateship and the babyface of Eliot Wilson have intrigued me since I first saw it.
The photograph is also one of the most poignant I have found, once one considers that within months of the sitting, four of the five soldiers were dead. They did not see service beyond Gallipoli, as they were all killed at the “Charge at The Nek” on 7 August 1915. Only Robert Baker survived. Further reading about The Nek and the 8th LHR’s involvement is available on the following link – http://www.anzacsite.gov.au/2visiting/walk_12nek.html
A photograph in full uniform was also taken, depicting three of the Western District officers again with Lt.Borthwick and an unidentified man.
Those four Western District officers and the soldiers listed below are those Dean is seeking help with. If you are able to offer Dean any assistance by way of photographs, letters or stories, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
All names were sourced from the 8th Light Horse Regiment B Squadron Embarkation Roll and Hamilton’s WW1.
(Click on underlined names to read more)
BAKER, John Henry – Nareen †
BAKER, Robert Ernest – Larpent
BARKER, Robert – born Yambuk
BORBRIDGE, Robert Henry – Ararat
BOSWELL, John – Woorndoo †
BOWKER, Alwynne Stanley – Princetown †
BROUGHTON, John Moffatt – Hamilton
CLAYTON, Henry Norman – Casterton †
CONNOR, John Leslie – Coleraine
CORR, Reginald Clarke – Warrnambool
CUMMING, John Currie – Halls Gap †
DODDS, Franklin James – Warrnambool
FINN, Laurence Gerald – Port Fairy †
FLOYD, Harry – Colac West †
HAYBALL, Herbert – Camperdown †
HENTY, Edward Ellis – The Caves, Hamilton †
HIND, William Arthur – Hamilton †
HINDHAUGH, Russell George – Port Fairy †
HYDE, Norman John – Cavendish
JOHNSON, Donald Matthieson McGregor – Warrnambool †
JOHNSTONE, Percy Francis – Camperdown
KERR, James Mark – Dartmoor/Portland †
LEARMONTH, Keith Allan – Hamilton
McGARVIE, David – Pomberneit
McGINNESS, Paul Joseph – Framlingham
MITCHELL, William Albert – Cobden
MOORE – Samuel Vincent – Ararat †
PARTINGTON, Thomas James – Heywood
PATTERSON, Hector Alexander – Casterton
PETTINGILL, John Thomas – Port Fairy
REDFORD, Thomas Harold – Warrnambool – Squadron Major †
REGAN, Thomas – Camperdown †
SUTHERLAND, Charles Tyler – Tatyoon †
TILLEY, George Edward – Hamilton †
WALLACE, William Issac – Warrnambool
WEATHERHEAD, John Fortescue Law – Camperdown †
WHITEHEAD, Eric – Minhamite †
WILSON, Eliot Gratton – Warrnambool †
WINGROVE, Charles Melbourne – Stawell †
8 thoughts on “Western District Enlistments-8th LHR B Squadron”
I am working as Horsham RSL as a voluteer . I work with Lance Clayton who works Military Historical Section of RSL. I will give him this artical which contains this great photo of Norman his relative. Thanks Sally Bertram
Hi Sally, does Lance by any chance have any other information on Norman?..feel free to email me, my details are within this blog.
Fantastic meticulous study, to bring us all this history, albeit very sad at times. There is always more to find out though isn’t there, so much we want to know, so much we need to think upon.
An interesting story follows Elliot Wilson’s service at Gallipoli. At the time of his death his father and brother were also serving, (Doctor John Wilson and James (Dolf) Wilson) After the war his family purchased property at Yuulong and built a home still standing and a stone cottage also still standing. The cottage was built as a memorial to Elliot Wilson the cottage is still used by my family today and has always had Elliot’s photo portrait the one of him in the picture but taken alone. The cottage is at our property at Melanesia Beach near Lavers Hill Victoria. I renovated the cottage some years ago. Shoot me an email for more info.
Perhaps my great-uncle was not the only Western District 8th LHR member to have embarked the following year (18th Jan 1916) on the Vestalia, as part of the Squadron’s reinforcements. So the above list doesn’t contain all relevant 8th LHR Squadron members from the Western District.
Were all these WD young men in the light horse brigade due to their superior horsemanship? That would also explain the popularity of polo clubs i’ve noticed in my research.
Thomas Regan is my great uncle. I’ve got some photos and information for you if you still are looking for it. Thomas was at Gallipoli for only about 8 weeks, becoming so I’ll with dysentery he had to be taken to Malta and then on to England. He was then diagnosed with tuberculosis and died at the 1st australian hospital in Harefield England on 2nd July 1916,
Thank you for this web page, it’s fantastic.
Hi Judith, sorry it’s taken so long to reply. If you contact Dean Noske email@example.com he will be able to let you know if he is still looking for more info for his research. I’m glad you like Western District Families