One of the features of Western District Families is Hamilton’s WW1 now with sixty-six profiles of enlisted men with Hamilton links.
I’ve set a target, possibly an over ambitious one, of 100 profiles by Anzac Day but I’ll give it a go. There are some good stories about Hamilton nurses that I would like to share before 25 April 2016 too. But first something I’ve noticed…well it’s one of many things I’ve observed during the course of my research, but let’s start with memorials…well, one of the things I’ve noticed about memorials…
If you visit the Hamilton War Memorial and look at the names, you could be excused for thinking those men listed lived in Hamilton for a significant part of their lives or, at the very least, were born there. But that’s not the case, they were from all over with a few men having only a fleeting connection with Hamilton.
Some of the men had fathers who moved often with work. Clifford Williams, who was unlikely to have even visited Hamilton, was a son of a teacher while William Thompson was the son of a railway worker who often moved his family. Both are on the Hamilton War Memorial (below). Others went to Hamilton as adults for work and were only there a short time before enlisting, such as Edwin Smith who arrived in Hamilton around 1913 to work at the Union Bank. Reginald Briant was born in Hampshire, England and spent a few years in Melbourne before working for the Hamilton Electric Supply Company before his enlistment.
When searching for a family member on memorials and honour boards, clues from Electoral Rolls, Trove newspapers and the solider’s Attestation papers can help you find them. Even if your soldier’s family just “passed through” a particular town, it’s worth following up. Soldiers were often memorialised in several towns. As well as the Hamilton War Memorial, Clifford Williams and Percy Osborne had trees planted along Bacchus Marsh’s Avenue Honour. And don’t overlook workplaces and churches. Percy Osborne has a memorial window at Hamilton’s Christ Church Cathedral (below) and is on the Union Bank Honour Roll in Melbourne.
If you are wondering if Hamilton commemorated your WW1 soldier’s service, all Hamilton’s outdoor WW1 War Memorials including names are at Hamilton’s WW1. Eventually, I will add Hamilton’s honour boards. The Victorian War Heritage Inventory is a useful resource for locating memorials across Victoria. You can search by the name or a place.
A quick reminder…to delve into the daily events of Hamilton 100 years ago, “like” the Hamilton WW1 Facebook page. Along with new profiles, six days a week I post an article from the Hamilton Spectator from 100 years before. It’s been interesting to read how Hamilton, just like other towns, continued on while so many were away fighting and how the subject of war managed to creep into most aspects of daily life.
The names of the sixty-six soldiers profiled at Hamilton’s WW1 are below. I’ve included their place of birth and other towns they had connections to. Most never returned to Australia. For some of those who did, life was never the same. Lest We Forget.
AUSTIN, Glenister Burton Hamilton
AUSTIN, William John Hamilton, Adelaide
BARR, Gordon Hotspur, Strathkellar, Warrnambool
BRAKE, William Horsham, Hamilton, Mont Albert
BRIANT, Reginald Stuart Hampshire (ENG), East Melbourne, Hamilton.
BURGESS, Ebenezer Benalla, Mildura, Numurkah, Wonthaggi, Stratford
CAMERON, Archibald Douglas Branxholme, Hamilton
CAMERON, Sidney Joseph Hamilton
CAMERON, Thomas Waddell Port Fairy, Hamilton, Kyabram
COULTER, Robert James Hamilton
DAVIES, Albert Hamilton
DAVIES, Stanley Walton Hamilton, Lubeck
DOUGLAS, Claude Campbell Telford Euroa, Hamilton
DUNN, Daniel Joseph Heidelberg, Carlton
ELDER, Frank Reginald Charlton, Jurek, Hamilton
FENTON, John Wilfred Hamilton
FOLEY, Cornelius Thomas Coleraine, Hamilton
GIBSON. Sydney Walter Moe, Casterton, Hamilton, Bendigo
HARRIS, Leslie Duncan Fremantle (WA), Hamilton, Coleraine
HENTY, Edward Ellis Portland, Hamilton
HERILHY, George Joseph David Balmoral, Hamilton
HERRMANN, Bernard Hamilton, Hochkirch (Tarrington)
HIND, William Arthur Mooroopna, Hamilton, Heyfield
ILES, Cyril Thomas Brackley Hamilton, Windsor
JAFFRAY, Alfred John Hamilton
KINGHORN, Walter Rodney Byaduk
KIRKWOOD, Willliam John Clyde Hamilton, Colac, Port Fairy
KNIGHT, James Alfred Hamilton, Malvern
LANCE, George Basil Casterton, Hamilton
LEWIS, Arthur Harold Hamilton, St. Arnaud, Heywood
LIEBE, Sydney August Hamilton
LINDSAY, Charles Henry Heywood, Ballarat, Wallacedale, Hamilton
McPHEE, Norman Edward Hamilton
MORISON, John Archibald McFarlane Hamilton, Maroona
MULLANE, Leslie Alexander Branxholme, Wallacedale, Hamilton
NIDDRIE, Stanley Roy Hamilton
NIVEN, William David Harrow, Merino Downs, Hamilton
NORMAN, William Leslie Hamilton, Warracknabeal
OSBORNE, Percy Beaumont Bacchus Marsh, Maryborough, Hamilton, Ballarat
PORTER, George Richard Hamilton
PORTER, Norman Leslie James Hamilton, Wallacedale, Broken Hill, Tasmania
RHOOK, Archibald Alfred Tyrendarra, Hamilton
RHOOK, Henry Joseph William Hamilton, Beaufort
RICHIE, George Katunga, Willaura, Hamilton
RIGBY, Frederick Roland Angus Coleraine, Hamilton
SALTER, Herbert Ernest Naracoorte, Dunkeld, Hamilton
SCOTT, Alexander William Portland, Hamilton, Donald
SHARROCK, Charles Terang, Mt. Napier, Penshurst
SHAW, Ivan Thomas Coleraine, Hamilton
SHEEHAN, Albert Edward Macarthur, Hamilton
SMITH, Edwin Richardson Mooroopna, Shepparton, Morwell, Kyabram, Hamilton
STAGOLL, Robert Leslie Hamilton
STEVENSON, Alexander John Hamilton, Portland
STEVENSON, Edgar Richmond Hamilton, Portland
STEWART, Charles Herbert Byaduk, Hamilton, Western Australia
THOMPSON, William Norton Horsham, Ararat, Hamilton, Hopetoun
TREDREA, Francis Stanley Hamilton, Stawell
TRIGGER, Samuel Wilfred Macarthur, Hamilton, Murray Bridge (SA)
UNDERWOOD, Arthur Bell Percy Dunkeld, Bendigo, Hamilton
WATERS, William Henry Edenhope, Hamilton
WESTGARTH, Horace Leonard Hamilton
WHITE, John Francis Raymond Hamilton, Cosgrave
WILLIAMS, Clifford Davis Tarnagulla, Bacchus Marsh, Melbourne
WILLIAMS, Lancelot Hamilton Hamilton
WOMERSLEY. Edgar Dunkeld
YOUNG, Clarence Everard Hamilton
**Postscript – Since writing this post, I have added a further forty stories of Hamilton’s enlisted men. You can read them at Hamilton’s WW1
3 thoughts on “Not Just Hamilton’s Soldiers”
You may consider including my grandfather, Joseph James Jordan No.6876A, who enlisted from Dimboola. Two of his brothers had already enlisted and all eventually returned home after the war. In the 1930’s Joseph brought his family to Hamilton, where he lived at 41 Clarendon Street until his death in 1974. He re-enlisted in the 2nd AIF, number VX113103. Joe (with his brothers) is named on Honour Rolls and memorials in Dimboola, and so unlikely to have mention to any extent in Hamilton. Having lived in Hamilton for the better part of 40 years including service as an elected City Councillor, would appear to be a reasonable connection to the city.
In the above list my great uncle is incorrectly listed. His name is Sydney August Liebe.
Sorry about that Annette, that’s a typo on that post only which I’ll fix, but if click on his name you’ll see that he is correctly recorded as Sydney August Liebe.