Our family’s brave soldiers
LEST WE FORGET
As I gradually find information to add about each soldier you can click on their name to read their story.
Please let me know of any I don’t have or if you would like information added.
Our family’s soldiers were predominately ANZACS
(Australian and New Zealand Army Corp).
ANZAC DAY is celebrated on the 25th of April each year.
Alona from the Lonetester HQ blog has written a great post about 21 ANZAC Day facts.
FORSYTH, JOHN – returned home to NZ – Trooper – Service No. 3836, enlisted in the 6th New Zealand Contingent, known as the “Silent Sixtth”, on the 18th of January 1901 at Wellington.
World War 1
ADAMS, Charles Nightingale – Serial No. 50972: Private, 27th reinforcements (second draft) New Zealand Army Nursing Service, embarkation 16 July 1917, N.O.K Mrs A.M.S Adams (wife) 3 Rixon Grove, Wellington, NZ – returned home 1919.
ADAMS, Morgan – Private – 7th Battalion, 5th Reinforcements A.I.F – returned home 1919 – SERN 1903 : POB Melbourne VIC : POE Melbourne VIC : NOK (Mother) M Adams
AH-KING, David Alexander – died of wounds Kantara, Egypt 29 April 1917 – King, David Alexander : SERN 727 : POB Birchip VIC : POE Sydney NSW : NOK (Brother) King, Arthur.
AH-KING, Edmund James – Private – 22nd Battalion A.I.F – killed Pozieres 5 Aug 1916 – King, Edward James – SERN 1155 : POB Melbourne VIC : POE Warracknabeal VIC : Next of Kin – (Wife) KING, Caroline
BEATON, Peter Francis (Frank) – Private 24th Battalion, 10th reinforcement, later 51st Battalion – Returned to Australia 10 September 1917: SERN – 3015: Place of birth – Euroa, Victoria: Place of Enlistment – Melbourne, Victoria: Next of Kin – Father, Mr Peter BEATON, Euroa, Victoria.
BEATON, William John – Private 14th Battalion: killed at Gallipoli 27 Aug 1915: SERN – 1912 : Place of birth – Euroa VIC : Place of enlistment – Euroa VIC : Next of kin – (Father) BEATON, Peter
CROOKE, John Michael -Private – 36th Battalion A.I.F – killed in action France 18th October 1917 – SERN 7226 : POB South Melbourne VIC : POE Sydney NSW : NOK (Father) Crooke John
CROWL, Bertie Leslie – Private – 7th Battalion, 12th reinforcements AIF – returned home 5th April 1919. SERN 3712 – Enlisted 8th July 1915.
EDMONDS, William Arthur – Private – 38th Battalion A.I.F – killed in action in France on the 29th September 1918 – SERN 4803 : POB Nathalia VIC : POE Melbourne VIC : NOK (Father) Edmonds William H
FINDLATER, Nicol Thomas – Died France 20 May 1915 – Regimental No. 29440 – Private in No 3 Coy, 16th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)
FLEMING, Albert Henry Percival – Sergeant Major- 5th Battalion, A Company A.I.F – returned home – SERN 24 : POB Melbourne VIC : POE Melbourne VIC : NOK (Wife) Fleming Marjory
FLEMING, David Claude – Private – Divisional Signal Company 2, Reinforcement 17 – SERN 15896 – Returned to Australia 16 June 1919 – NOK – mother Mrs Jessie Fleming, King Valley, Victoria
FLEMING, Finley James: – SERN 3147 : POB Kotupna VIC : POE Melbourne VIC : NOK F Fleming William
FLEMING, John Henry – Private – 37th Battalion, C Company – returned home – SERN 868 – POE Melbourne, VIC: NOK – Father, Moses Fleming, Billy’s Lookout, West Wyalong, New South Wales
FLEMING, Leslie John – Private – 8th Battalion, A company – SERN 125 – Returned to Australia 20 May 1919 – NOK – Uncle, John Knight Fleming, Edi via Wangaratta, Victoria
FLEMING, William Finley – Private/Gunner – 8th Australian Light Horse, 12th Reinforcement, enlisted 4th August 1915 and returned home – SERN 1561 – Place of Birth: Whitfield, Victoria – Place of Enlistment: Seymour, Victoria – NOK mother Mrs F. Fleming, King Valley, Whitfield.
FORSYTH, Edward – Gunner – killed France 4th March 1917 – Service No. 144186 15th Division Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery – buried St Sever, Rouen.
FORSYTH, George – Private – 47th Battalion A.I.F – killed Pozieres 9 Aug 1916 – SERN 1654 : POB Fraserburgh Scotland : POE Charters Towers QLD : NOK (Mother) Forsyth Jane
FORSYTH, James – Sergeant – returned home to New Zealand – Serial No.13/2773 – 9th Reinforcements Auckland Mounted Rifles, A Squadron.
FORSYTH, John – returned home to New Zealand – Serial No.17561 – First Known Rank Corporal – Embarkation Unit 20th Reinforcements Mounted Rifles Brigade, Mounted Machine-gun Section
FORSYTH, Robert – killed Flanders 20 Nov 1914 – Private 817 in the 1st Battalion – Gordon Highlanders
FORSYTH, William – returned home to New Zealand – enlisted as Private 15 June 1916 – 2nd Battalion Otago Regiment New Zealand – Serial No.13/2189 – First Known Rank Trooper – Embarkation Unit Auckland Mounted Rifles. Discharged a corporal.
HARRISON, Maurice – Lance corporal – 14th Battalion A.I.F – Awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery & devotion to duty – died of disease France 22 Oct 1918 – SERN – 1952 : POB – Euroa VIC : POE- Euroa VIC : NOK – (Father) HARRISON George.
KINGSBURY, Albert Henry – died 25 Oct 1918 – Trooper – Service No: 43735 – Regiment/Service: Canterbury Mounted Rifles, N.Z.E.F. – Grave Reference Q. 14. CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY
MCROBBIE, George – Corporal – returned home – enlisted to 3rd Company 1st Battalion Auckland Regiment. Service Number 28360. N.O. K father, William McRobbie. Enlisted 26 June 1916.
MELVIN, Arthur Davidson – killed in action Vimy, France 8 April 1917 – Service no. 446966 – Sergeant Canadian Infantry, “C” Coy 31st Battalion
MITCHELL William Arthur – Service Number – 1389 1266 : Place of Birth – Stawell VIC : Place of Enlistment – Broadmeadows VIC : Next of Kin – (Mother) MITCHELL Jessie
MORGAN, Archibald Thomas – returned home – 7th Battalion A.I.F, C Company regimental number 370 : Place of Birth – Euroa VIC : Place of Enlistment – Seymour VIC : Next of Kin – MORGAN S A
MORGAN/WAKENSHAW, HERBERT JOHN – Lance Corporal – 22nd Battalion 3rd reinforcements – enlisted 19 July 1915 – Died of wounds, France 5th August 1916 – SERN- 2037 : POB – Euroa VIC : POE- Melbourne VIC : NOK – (Mother) COWELL M
MORGAN, Thomas Fitzherbert – Private 24th Battalion 20th Reinforcements – Service Number – 6842 : Place of Birth – Hilston NSW : Place of Enlistment – Euroa VIC : Next of Kin – (Mother) MORGAN J
MORGAN Thomas Fitzherbert : Private 7th General Victorian Reinforcements -Service Number – 55670 : Place of Birth – Euroa VIC : Place of Enlistment – Euroa VIC : Next of Kin – (Father) MORGAN Thomas F
MORGAN, William John Pike Private 14th Battalion A.I.F – killed Lone Pine 8 Aug 1915 – SERN – 893 : POB – Euroa VIC : POB – Broadmeadows VIC : NOK – (Mother) MORGAN S A
RATTRAY, John – killed France 1916
SAXON, Bertie Henry– killed France 6 Oct 1918 – SERN – 2708: 2nd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 5 -POB – Euroa VIC: POE – Melbourne VIC: NOK – (Father) SAXON John Thomas
SAXON, Joseph Stanley – killed Pozieres 4 Aug 1916 – SERN – 1564: 22nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement –
POB – Euroa VIC: POE- Euroa VIC: NOK – (Father) SAXON John Thomas
SAXON Thomas Abraham– returned home – SERN – 485: 21st Battalion, B Company –
POB – Euroa VIC: POE – Euroa VIC: NOK – (Father) SAXON John Thomas
SAXON, William Frederick – returned home – SERN – 694: 7th Battalion, F Company
POB – Euroa VIC: POE – Seymour VIC: NOK – (N/A) SAXON John Thomas SAXON
Click HERE to read a guest post about the Saxon boys written by their sister’s grandson Harold Shipston
World War 2
ADAMS, Frank Francis (Francis Edward) First enlistment – Private – VX 26047 – 8 Division petrol company- DOB 12 July 1906; POB Kensington, Victoria. POE – Caulfield 15 June 1940. NOK – Catherine Goodwin – sister. Date of discharge 23 October 1940 “medically unfit for service not occasioned by his own default”
second enlistment – Private – VX 114516 – HQ 2 Aust Army – POE Parramatta NSW 19 October 1942 – NOK – Florence Adams – wife. Date of discharge 30 October 1945.
FLEMING, Allan Percy – Service Number – VX3359 : Date of birth – 05 Mar 1912 : Place of birth – MELBOURNE VIC : Place of enlistment – SOUTH MELBOURNE VIC : Next of Kin – FLEMING M
MCCOOMB, George Alexander – Sergeant – Service Number – VX58426 : Date of birth – 08 Sep 1915 : Place of birth – EUROA VIC : Place of enlistment – ROYAL PARK VIC : Next of Kin – MCCOOMB HENRY (father) – Enlisted 24 Jun 1941 2/8 Aust Armed Regiment – discharged from A.I.F. 29 Mar 1946.
MCCOOMB, Thomas Neil – Service Number – VX30770 : Date of birth – 07 May 1912 : Place of birth – EUROA VIC : Place of enlistment – ROYAL PARK VIC : Next of Kin – MCCOOMB HENRY killed 6 July 1945 – buried Ambon War Cemetery, Maluku, Indonesia.
MORGAN, Benjamin Robert – Private – Official No VZ 7184 – 2/7 Australian Inf Bn – Army. Taken prisoner of war in Crete. Died in Germany, result of injuries. He is buried at Lamsdorf War Cemetery, Grave 5, Row 5, Field 3. He was 34 years old and brother to Private William John Pike Morgan killed on Gallipoli (14th Bn G Coy) at the age of 18 years. Second son lost to Thomas Fitzherbert and Sarah Morgan of McGuinness Street, Euroa, Victoria, Australia
MUSSON, Ivor Forsyth – Sapper – Serial No. 22597 – second New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 7 Field company. N.O.K (sister) Mrs. A. W. Ford West Belt, Rangiora, Christchurch.
MUSSON, William Robert – Private – Serial No. 21707 – 21st Auckland Battalion, N.O.K (brother) E. M. Musson
SHIPSTON, Donald Saxon – returned home – SERN – VX32651 : DOB – 28 May 1919 : POB – ELSTERNWICK VIC : POE – ROYAL PARK VIC : NOK – SHIPSTON GRACE
We Will Remember Them.
Abbreviations used in World War I and World War II service records
Cemeteries on the Somme Battlefields, France
His Majesty’s Australian Transports [HMAT] Ships
Auckland Museum Cenotaph Database
Auckland Council Heritage Images website
The Empire Called and I Answered – the Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington
according to Jeff Starkys list:
Archibald Morgan was 19 at enlistment. Enlisted 18/8/1914 (same day and place as William Saxon and both in the 7th Battalion though in different companies). His next of kin was Mrs. S. Morgan. Served at Gallipoli and returned wounded. His occupation was as a bootmaker.
Herbert John Morgan SN 2037. Was in the same Battalion as Joe Saxon though Herbert enlisted 3 months later. Jeff has his date of death as 8/8/1916 which may be right as in 1915 the troops were still in Gallipoli not in France. I don’t know but I thought Id give you the info I have.
Thanks Kylie that information is correct. I have mistakenly put his enlistment date as his date of death. I’ll change it now.
sorry Herbert Morgan and Joe Saxon were in the 22nd Battalion.
William John Beaton SN 1912- was in 14th Battalion 5th reinforcements
William Saxon 7th Battalion- Stretcher Bearer, 7th Battalion Band member (I’ve got a great photo), 2nd landing at Gallipoli, Lone Pine, on last boat to leave when Gallipoli evacuated.
Thomas Saxon 21st Battalion.
Joe Saxon 22nd Battalion. Although his enlistment says he was over 18, family records confirm he was only 17 and had his 18th birthday at Gallipoli. Was missing for almost a year before he was confirmed to have died at Pozieres. He died 2 weeks after his brother William was seriously wounded by his comrades own hand grenade. Tom, William and Joe were all fighting in the same area at the time at the Battle of Pozieres, France.
Bert Saxon 2nd Pioneers. Died on the second last day that the Australians were in combat.
I hope you don’t mind these additions. I’d love to see more Morgan’s in that part of my Family Tree. I can see how the Morgans were related to the Saxons but I only have two on my family tree. Boggy Bill and one other from your notes.
Take care and best wishes,
KERRYN!!! What a BEAUTIFUL tribute to our hero ancestors!!! Big lump in my throat whilst I browse through, the time you have taken, and the sensitivity of your blog!!! No wonder you won that award. Corrinne
Thank you for those lovely words Corrinne XX