Private Nicol Thomas Findlater

Nicol Thomas Findlater, a labourer,  enlisted on the 21st  of September 1914.

He was 32 years and 4 months of age, 5 foot 6 inches tall with dark complexion, brown eyes and dark hair.

He was born on the 27th of May 1882 at 3 Falconer’s Lane, Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland to parents James Nicol Findlater and Margaret nee Bowers.

Next of kin on his attestation paper was his brother, James Findlater of 22 Huon Street, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Nicol Findlater was my third cousin three times removed.  His great grandmother, Helen (Forsyth) Nicol was a sister of my 4 x great grandfather Alexander Forsyth

I’m fairly sure from looking at the Infantry records that Nicol was killed at Ypres.

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Veterans Affairs Canada has a Canadian Virtual War Memorial for their soldiers.

From this website you can order a copy of the page from the Book of Remembrance  on which your soldier is listed.

I ordered a copy for Nicol Findlater and it arrived in the mail the other day.

What a wonderful service.

Nicol Findlater

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We Will Remember Them.

Private Archibald Thomas Morgan

Archibald Thomas Morgan was born on the 27th of December 1895 at Euroa, Victoria, Australia, the eldest son of Thomas Fitzherbert Morgan 2nd and Sarah nee McNay.  He was the first cousin of my maternal grandmother, Daisy Fleming nee Morgan.

Pte Archie Morgan

photo fom the book of the Morgan Family Reunion at Euroa 1st of November 1980.

Archie enlisted at Seymour into the 7th Battalion A.I.F, C Company regimental number 370, on the 18th of August 1914, stating that he was 19 years of age and his occupation was Bootmaker having done a two year apprenticeship with S. John & Co of Euroa.

A member of the citizens forces and senior cadets, H Coy Euroa 58th, Archie was five foot seven inches high, weighed ten stone 7 pounds with a chest measurement of thirty two – thirty four and a half inches.  Fair complexion with grey eyes and fair auburn hair.  His mother, Mrs S Morgan, was named next of kin and religious denomination was Presbyterian.

His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914.


HMAT Hororata at Port Melbourne April 1915 (AWM PB0438)

Archies service in that war was cut short when on about the 25th of April 1915 at Dardanelles, he received a gun shot wound to the right leg and shrapnel to the left cheek.  There are varying entries about his shrapnel wounds, some state cheek and some state chest.  Further records do confirm chest wound.

Another page of his service records state “bullet wound in chest”

Admitted to the first Australian general hospital at Heliopsis, Cairo on the 29th of April the leg had turned septic and he underwent three operations on his leg to drain pockets of pus.   On the 6th of July the officer in charge of the hospital signed a form saying Archie was to be discharged as permanently unfit.

On the 15th of August 1915, he was “struck off strength” and embarked back to Australia from Suez on the Themistocles.

A report from the Alfred hospital in October stated that his leg wound was still discharging considerably and in their opinion his capacity for earning a livelihood was totally impaired.

In October 1915 the opinion of the medical board also stated “The Board concurs that he has a bullet wound below the knee and the whole limb has been septic and there are now two discharging wounds. The knee was flexed and fixed but is now being straightened.  Disability is permanent and has totally lessened his capacity for earning a full livelihood.  Treatment is needed for at least six months.”

Archie and his father Thomas were members of the Euroa Lodge of the united ancient order of Druids.  In January 1918 the Secretary Mr. EGallagher wrote to the Base records office in Victoria asking for evidence of Archie’s medical treatment.

“Sir, can you furnish me with evidence of No. 370 Pte A. T. Morgan 7th Battalion B Coy being under medical treatment in the Alfred and Base hospitals Heliopsis and Mont Park from 9th Sept 1915 to 19th Sept 1917, in consequence of wounds received at Gallipoli in May 1915.  He informs me that he had repeatedly requested medical certificates from doctors and matrons but owing to doctors and matrons being busy at time of such requests the matter was held over and eventually overlooked”.

He eventually went back to his trade as a bootmaker in Euroa and in 1917 married Florence Mary Brooks.  They had four daughters.

Archibald Thomas Morgan died on the 27th of August 1978.

Gunner Edward Forsyth

Edward Forsyth was born in 1894 at Tyrie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

He was one of nine children and the eldest son of Edward Gerrard Forsyth and Helen Yule Forsyth nee Jamieson.

Edward was a Gunner with the 15th Divisional Ammunition Column of the Royal Field Artillery.

The 15th Divisional Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery served with 15th (Scottish) Division.

15th (Scottish) Division was formed in September 1914, as part of Kitchener’s Second New Army. They proceeded to France in the second week of July 1915. They were in action in the The Battle of Loos in 1915. In spring 1916, they were involved in the German gas attacks near Hulluch and the defence of the Kink position. They were in action duringthe Battles of the Somme, including The Battle of Pozieres, The Battle of Flers-Courcelette and the capture of Martinpuich, The Battle of Le Transloy and the attacks on the Butte de Warlencourt. In 1917 they were in action in The First and Second Battle of the Scarpe, including the capture of Guemappe during the Arras Offensive. They then moved north to Flanders and were in action during the The Battle of Pilckem and The Battle of Langemark. In 1918 they fought in The First Battle of Bapaume, The First Battle of Arras, The Battle of the Soissonnais and the Ourcq taking part in the attack on Buzancy, and The Final Advance in Artois. – See more HERE 

Edward Forsyth commemorative certificate

from Commonwealth War Graves Commission website,%20E

Wordless Wednesday – Daisy and Lila

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What were my Nana Daisy and her sister Lila Morgan up to?

Daisy and Lila Morgan

Charles Nightingale Adams

Charles Nightingale Adams was born in 1890 in Balmain NSW Australia and died on the 26 Feb 1944 in Wellington, New Zealand.

He was the fourth son of Edward Adams and Selina Rose nee Clifton who moved from Sydney Australia to New Zealand about 1905.   Charles married Alice Maud Southwood Pinhey on the 5th of February 1917.

Just over a month before his marriage Charles was enlisted with the 27th reinforcements (second draft) New Zealand Army Nursing Service on the 28th of December 1916.  Conscription was introduced in New Zealand in August 1916.

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Charles Nightingale Adams

Embarkation from Wellington, New Zealand to Liverpool, England was on the 16th of July 1917 aboard the SS Athenic.  The record is hard to decipher but it looks like Charles was the corporal dispenser on the voyage and reverted to dispenser for the ranks on arrival at Sling on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

Athenic at Queens Wharf, Wellington 1913

Athenic at Queens Wharf, Wellington 1913 from the Wikimedia Commons.


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postcard of ss athenic from the Wikimedia Commons.

Photos from Wikipedia information on the SS Athenic

Charles embarked for New Zealand on the 4th of July 1919 and was discharged on the termination of engagement on the 18th of September 1919.

He continued his work as a chemist and died on the 26th of February, 1944.

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Wordless Wednesday


My nana Daisy Morgan and her sister Clarice ca 1910

William Forsyth – New Zealand Army WW1

William James Forsyth was born on the 16th of August 1888 at Coutts Island, Canterbury, New Zealand.

He was my Great Grand Uncle, the second youngest son of my great great grandparents, Robert and Jessie Forsyth (nee Farquhar).

We are yet to find out when and where he died.

William enlisted in the Auckland Military Rifles NZEF on the 15th of June 1915.  He was single and 27 years of age.  Next of kin was his mother, Mrs Forsyth, widow, of  Waitoa.

His regiment embarked for Suez, Egypt on the 14th of August 1915 from Wellington on board HMNZT 28 vessel Tofua.  They arrived on the 19th of September 1915.

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On the 3rd of October 1915 William was posted as a trooper to the Auckland Mounted Rifles at Mudros and in early November he was admitted to hospital with Typhoid.  This must have affected his health as from that time he spent many of the coming months in various hospitals.  They embarked to Alexandria on the H.S. Delta on the 27th of December where William was admitted to hospital again on the 28th with enteritis and transferred to the NZ general hospital at Cairo on the 24th of January.  From there he went on to a convalescent camp in February then back to the hospital at Cairo.  On the 15th of March he was admitted to a convalescent home at Heliopolis, a suburb of Cairo and was finally discharged to duty on the 29th of March 1916.

On the 16th of April 1916 he was posted to the Mounted Rifles Training regiment and then on to the second infantry brigade at Tel-el-kebir on the 2nd of May.  From there he proceeded to France where some time was spent at Ètaples training depot before joining the 2nd Battalion, 4th Coy of the Otago regiment on the 27th of June 1916 at Houplines.

At the end of July William had to forfeit 7 days full pay for falling out from a parade without permission!

Nothing further was written on his record for ten months.

In France he was wounded in action, suffering a gunshot wound to the left shoulder on the 26th of May 1917.  He was evacuated to hospital on the 28th.  The 10th of June that year saw him sent to England and various convalescent hospitals over the next 5 months.  During that period he apparently overstayed leave.  One record says he had to forfeit ten days pay,  another says one days pay.

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On the 30th of November 1917 he was attached to the NZ command depot at Codford.

It is mentioned that he took a railway journey from Aberdeen to Fraserburgh.  William had relatives there, had he gone to visit them?

Again from January to June 1918 he was in and out of hospital.  June 1918 found him at Sling  and then by the end of that year he was back at Codford.

In January 1919 William went A.W.L (absent without leave) and had to forfeit 28 days pay, did 28 days detention and another 48 days pay RW, whatever that means.

On the 18th of March 1919 he embarked for New Zealand per Tainui.  William was discharged on the 28th of May 1919.

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In January 1920 William was employed in the medal engraving section and promoted to Corporal.

On the 14th of July 1921 he was discharged.  We have yet to find further information on William Forsyth.

sources – Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database


Maurice Harrison 14 Battalion A.l.F.

A part of my tributes to our family’s soldiers this post is dedicated to Maurice Harrison.

It comes courtesy of his great grand nephew, Gary Patton and fellow Harrison family researchers.

Thanks Gary for allowing me to share this information.  Maurice’s relationship to me is first cousin 3 x removed.

His parents were George Harrison and Ann Ansell of Euroa.

Maurice Harrison 1 Lance Corporal Maurice Richard “Mod” HARRISON – No. 1952 14th Battalion    A.I.F. Awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery & devotion to  duty.

Birth 5 Aug 1882 in Euroa, Victoria, Australia
Death 22 Oct 1918 in Le Havre, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France


The following notation is courtesy of the Australians on the Western Front 1914–1918 An Australian journey across the First World War battlefields of France and Belgium
During the night of 25–26 September the men of the assaulting battalions reached taped lines laid across the south–western third of the blasted tree stumps of Polygon Wood. At this point it was vital not to alert the watching Germans by unusual noise or the lighting of cigarettes which would bring down an enemy artillery barrage. At 5.50 am on 26 September the guns opened up in front of the Australian infantry who immediately moved forward behind its protecting wall of shells. If one had been on the Butte, where the Fifth Division Memorial now stands, the sound of battle would have been overpowering. Captain Alexander Ellis, wrote a vivid description of the scene:

Our artillery opened in a single magnificent crash and thousands of shells screamed through the air and burst in a long, straight line of flame and destruction about 200 yards [180 metres] ahead of the waiting infantry … the 4,000 men of the six attacking battalions dashed forward at a run. Somewhere behind the line of destruction lay their victims, shuddering in their pill–boxes, staggered by the sudden commotion, dazed by the concussion of the shells … then, slowly, very slowly it [the barrage] crept forward. A long line of skirmishers disengaged itself from the dense mass of men and followed the advancing screen of shells … Above their heads thousands of machine gun bullets cut the air as they whistled shrilly past on their destined way, and the strident din of many Vickers guns throbbed through the troubled morning air. But these were but the tinkling wood–wind notes in the hell’s orchestra that played about them. For the deafening crash of the rapid firing 18–pounders, the hoarser roar of the scores of heavy guns behind them and the stupefying concussion of shrapnel and high explosive shells in the barrage in front were by now all mingled in the hideous rhythmical clamour of the perfect drum–fire barrage. Thus, at 5.50 a.m. on the 26 September 1917, was the Division launched into the Battle of Polygon Wood.
Captain Alexander Ellis, The Story of the Fifth Australian Division, London, 1919, pp.244–5

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Wordless Wednesday

A photo from my Nan’s album.

photo taken on the Lewis property at Moyhu, Victoria

photo taken on the Lewis property at Moyhu, Victoria


Heartbleed Security Update

Originally posted on News:

Last week, a very serious bug in OpenSSL was disclosed.  OpenSSL, a set of open source tools to handle secure communication, is used by most Internet websites.  This bug, nicknamed Heartbleed, allowed an attacker to read sensitive information from vulnerable servers and possibly steal things like passwords, cookies, and encryption keys.

Was vulnerable to Heartbleed?

Yes. servers were running the latest version of OpenSSL, which was vulnerable. We generally run the latest version of OpenSSL to enable performance enhancements, such as SPDY, for our users. The non-vulnerable versions of OpenSSL were over two years old.

Has fixed the issue?

Yes. We patched all of our servers within a few hours of the public disclosure.

Has replaced all SSL certificates and private keys?

Yes. Out of an abundance of caution, we have replaced all of our SSL certificates, along with regenerating all of the associated…

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