Monday 20 January 2014 by Nick Crofts. 12 comments
First World War Centenary, Anzac Connections

  • The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war.  The collections are selected from our extensive archives and reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War, not just well-known personalities. This project will digitally preserve the Memorial’s collections as well as provide full copies for research on the Memorial’s website.

    As part of this project the Memorial is seeking contact with relatives of the persons listed below. If you have any further information about these people, or their descendants, the Memorial would love to talk to you. Please contact Nick Crofts via PubandDig[@]awm.gov.au.

     

    1803 Private Cecil Anthony McAnulty

    Collection relating to the First World War service of 1803 Private Cecil Anthony McAnulty, 3rd  Battalion.  His collection consists of two diaries covering his experiences between 10 April 1915 and 8 August 1915.  The later diary was written on the back of envelopes and letters from home, cut into pocket notebook size and recounts Private McAnulty’s experiences at Lone Pine, the battle in which he lost his life.  The associated Roll of Honour Circular lists his next of kin as Mrs Cecilia McAnulty, of 262 Richardson Street, Middle Park, Melbourne, Victoria. Collection number: 1DRL/0422.

     

    Lieutenant Ben William Champion

    Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Ben William Champion, 1st Battalion.  His collection consists of an annotated diary with detailed descriptions of his war-time experiences from May 1915 to August 1918, including training in Egypt, service on Gallipoli and subsequent hospitalisation in Malta.  After the war, Lieutenant Champion returned to Australia, settling in the Newcastle area and establishing a successful dental practice.  The First World War Embarkation Roll lists his next of kin as Mr Thomas Sydney Champion of ‘Jura’, Stuart Street, Wahroonga, New South Wales. Collection number:  2DRL/0512.

     

    3019 Sergeant Cecil Charles Harpur Baldwin MM

    Collection relating to the First World War service of 3019 Sergeant Cecil Charles Harpur Baldwin MM, 3rd Battalion.  This collection consists of letters written by Sergeant Baldwin to his mother during 1916 and describing his duties in the trenches.  The collection also includes a condolence letter from Field Marshall Birdwood to Mrs Baldwin and his commemorative scroll.   Sergeant Baldwin was awarded the Military Medal for “displaying great bravery in carrying messages under heavy sniping and shell fire”.  The associated Roll of Honour Circular lists his next of kin as Mrs Mary Aaraluen Baldwin of ‘Euroma’, Faraday Avenue, Rose Bay, New South Wales. Collection number: 2DRL/0324.

     

    Major Philip Arthur Chambers

    Collection relating to the First World War service of Major Philip Arthur Chambers, 12th Light Horse Regiment.  This collection consists of two diaries kept by Major Chambers between 1917 and 1919.  The diaries describe his time in Egypt and Palestine, including the Battle of Gaza, daily life in camp, sporting events and his promotion to Commanding Officer.  They also contain notes on his eventual return to Australia, describing various agricultural matters and properties.  The First World War Embarkation Roll lists his next of kin as Mrs Ethel Chambers of ‘Lila’, corner of Murdoch and Boyle Street, Cremorne, New South Wales. Collection number: 1DRL/0196.

     

    Lieutenant Wilfred Griffith Barlow

    Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Griffith Barlow, 58th Battalion.  The collection consists of four letters written to his friend, Goodsir Thomas Fowler (later a lance corporal in the 38th Battalion) between 1916 and 1917.  The letters describe his experiences on the Western Front, particularly the weather conditions and the qualities of the German Army, as well as his time on leave, sightseeing in England.  On 12 May 1917, Lieutenant Barlow was killed during fighting at the Second Battle of Bullecourt.  The associated Roll of Honour Circular lists his next of kin as Mrs Constance Violet Barlow, of 48 Clarence Street, Elsternwick, Victoria. Collection number: 1DRL/0090.

    Lieutenant Barlow Lieutenant Barlow DA16049

     

     1590 Private Edward Michael McNamee

    Collection relating to the First World War service of 1590 Private Edward Michael McNamee, 9th Battalion.  This collection consists of a diary, written by Private McNamee in 1917, covering his wartime experiences from 1915 to 1917.  In the diary, he describes the fighting at Gallipoli, the return to Egypt and movement to France.  Private McNamee provides details of his experience in the trenches at Pozières, fighting at Hill 60 near Ypres and in the area around Bapaume. The First World War Embarkation Roll lists his next of kin as Mrs Mary A McNamee of 59 Botany Street, Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales. Collection number: PR00755.

     

    Euphemia McMurdo Allan

    Collection relating to Euphemia ‘Effie’ McMurdo Allan, a school teacher from Leitchville State School, Victoria.  This collection consists of a photograph of Effie Allan and her class dated 1915 and a letter written to a soldier at the front and received in 1916.  The letter contains a humorous and patriotic poem describing the support in Australia for the men and women at war.  Ms Allan’s (as Euphemia Braybon) last known address was 12 Hill Street, Shepparton, Victoria. Collection number: PR00083.

     

    Lieutenant William Stockdale

    Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant William Stockdale, 4th Australian Depot Unit of Supply.  This collection consists of a diary kept by Lieutenant Stockdale in 1915, a souvenir menu from the end of the war and documents relating to his Second World War service.  The diary describes Lieutenant Stockdale’s experiences at Gallipoli, particularly the landing on the 25 April and the death of Major Bridges on 18 May.  The First World War Embarkation Roll lists his next of kin as Mr Thomas Stockdale of Malva Hill, Lardner, Victoria. Collection number: PR00278.

     

    Admiral Sir George Edwin Patey KCMG, KCVO

    Collection relating to the First World War service of Admiral Sir George Edwin Patey, Royal Navy.  This collection consists of three letters written by Admiral Patey to his brother during 1914 and covering the naval operations conducted around Papua New Guinea during this period.  Admiral Patey served as the first Commander of the Australian Fleet from 1913 until 1915, sailing with the HMAS Australia. In 1916 Admiral Patey returned to serve with the Royal Navy and after retiring resided in Plymouth, Devon, England. Collection number: 2DRL/0795.

    Admiral Sir George Patey Admiral Sir George Patey EN0385

    475 Private Gordon Colin Cooper

    Collection relating to the First World War service of 475 Private Gordon Colin Cooper, 1st Light Horse Regiment.  This collection consists of three diaries covering Private Cooper’s service in Egypt and Palestine between 1916 and 1918. The 1916 diary describes camp life in Egypt, the weather and the Battle of Romani.  The 1917 diary records various operations conducted by the Regiment and downtime in camp, participating in a number of sports.  The 1918 diary describes travelling from Cairo to Jerusalem, German attacks and his eventual journey home to Australia.  The First World War Embarkation Roll lists his next of kin as Mr Herbert Beverley Cooper of Osterley, Inverell, New South Wales. Collection number: 1DRL/0211.

     

    Lieutenant Colonel Percy William Woods DSO, MC

    Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Colonel Percy William Woods DSO, MC, 55th Battalion.  This collection consists of a letter written by Lieutenant Colonel Woods to Mr F. J. Grace in August 1915 and a number of newspaper clippings relating to his death in 1937.  The letter describes the Battle of Lone Pine, commends the character of the Turkish troops and recounts being mentioned in despatches as a result of his conduct at Lone Pine.  In 1917 Lieutenant Colonel Woods was awarded both the Military Cross and a Distinguished Service Order for displaying consistent courage and leadership in his duty.  The First World War Embarkation Roll lists his next of kin as Mrs Ethel Woods of 176 Rochford Street, Erskinevile, Sydney, New South Wales. Collection number: PR00050.

     

    Lieutenant Ronald Alison McInnis

    Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Ronald Alison McInnis, 53rd Battalion.  This collection consists of three diaries covering his time serving as an engineer with the 26th and 53rd Battalions on the Western Front, from 1916 to 1919.  The diaries describe the fighting at Armentieres, Bapaume, Bullecourt, the Hindenburg Line and Passchendaele, his experiences of the trenches and general daily life.  The First World War Embarkation Roll lists his next of kin as Mrs Amelia Elizabeth McInnis, ‘Mossley’, Latrobe Street, East Brisbane, Queensland. Collection number: PR00917.

     

    91 Trooper Edward Randolph Cleaver

    Collection relating to the First World War service of 91 Trooper Edward Randolph Cleaver, 4th Light Horse Regiment.  This collection consists of letters and postcards sent home by Trooper Cleaver between 1914 and 1917, and that discuss his experiences fighting in the Middle East, including the Battle of Romani and the capture of a German aircraft and its pilot.  Also included are a letter from Major James Lawson, describing Trooper Cleaver’s death at Beersheba, photographs of the brothers George Walter and James Isaac French, as well as a condolence letter from their father to the Cleaver family. The associated Roll of Honour Circular lists his next of kin as Mrs Adeline Cleaver of Thomson Street, Sale, Victoria. Collection number: 3DRL/4114.

    Trooper Cleaver Trooper Cleaver P05693.002

    3002 Private Stephen Charles Allen and 3003 Private Robert Beattie Allen

    Collection relating to the First World War service of brothers 3002 Private Stephen Charles Allen and 3003 Private Robert Beattie Allen, 13th Battalion. This collection consists of letters written home to their mother and sisters, as well as a large number of official documents relating to their service in France.  It also includes a number of condolence letters from other members of the 13th Battalion to their family; 5101 Private William John Grindley Hale, Captain Theodore Wells, Sergeant Albert Isidore Assenhein, 232 Private Ernest Charles Fry and 3326 Private Percy Green.  Both Stephen Allen and Robert Allen were killed on 14 August 1916, and their associated Roll of Honour Circular lists their next of kin as Mrs Hester Alice Allen of 7 Beach Street, Curl Curl, New South Wales. Collection number: 3DRL/7531.

    Private Robert Allen (L) and Private Stephen Allen (R) Private Robert Allen (L) and Private Stephen Allen (R) P05399.001

    887 Private Albany Thomas Frederick Varney

    Collection relating to the First World War service of 887 Private Albany Thomas Frederick Varney, 12th Light Horse Regiment.  This collection consists of a large number of letters and postcards, written between 1915 and 1918, relating to Private Varney’s service at Gallipoli and in the Middle East.  The correspondence describes his journey to Egypt, his experiences at Gallipoli, the Battle of Beersheba and sightseeing at Jerusalem and Gaza.  Also included are a number of maps depicting different theatres of war and photographs of Private Varney both during and after the war.  The First World War Embarkation Roll lists his next of kin as Mrs Jane Varney of Coonabarabran, New South Wales. Collection number: PR05253.

Comments

AEnone McRae-Clift

  • My paternal grandfathr, Dudley Joseph Clift #844 represented is country between 1915 and 1917, both at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. I have no correspondence, diaries, etc of his but I have researched him thoroughly and have put together his story and where he fought. This information has also been added to . If his details would interest you and you would like to include him on your website, particularly as we enter four years of commemoration of WW1, then I would be honoured to send his story for your consideration. Sincerely, (Miss) AEnone McRae-Clift Melbourne.

Mrs Robyn Mason

  • Hello, I am just wondering if you might have any information on Leiutenanr Colonel Bernard Dugan, DSO and Bar who was from St Arnaurd Victoria. He was distinguished at Gallipoli and France. He had no direct descendants, but my husband is very interested in honouring his memoriy in his family by learning more about him. Regards, Robyn Mason

Nick Crofts says:

  • Hi Aenone, Thank you for contacting us regarding our Centenary digitisation project, ANZAC Connections. Unfortunately, the Memorial is currently focused on digitising items held within our collection. However, if you wish to donate the material you have put together, you can contact our donations team via email: donateitems[@]awm.gov.au or phone: +61 (02) 6243 4590. More information about donating can be found here: /collection/donations/. Best of luck, Nick Crofts

Nick Crofts says:

  • Hi Robyn, The best place to start looking for information regarding Lieutenant Colonel Bernard Duggan is via our Research Centre, which has guides on researching First World War Military service: /research/infosheets/served_ww1/ and on researching family history: /research/family-history/. I have also noticed that we also have a brief timeline of Lieutenant Colonel Duggan's service under the 21st Infantry Battalion profile: /units/unit_11208.asp. If you have any further questions regarding researching service personnel, please feel free to contact our Information Services team at info[@]awm.gov.au or by phone: +61 (02) 6243 4211. Best of luck, Nick Crofts

Eldon Bryant

  • Dear Sir or Madam, Have you taken into consideration for your ANZAC Connections: First World War Centenary digitisation project, A factual transcription from the six [6] WW 1 personal diaries so meticulously kept by Lieutenant Lyell Keith Swann MM, 40th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force / 4th Australian Flying Corps. Regimental No. 2156 transcribed by Eldon Bryant into "THE SWANN DIARIES" 2003. Whilst it is suggested "THE SWANN DIARIES" were sent to the AWM on a CD-ROM some years back for their archives collection, "THE SWANN DIARIES" are still available in .pdf format on a CD-ROM if required by AWM researches!

Nick Crofts says:

  • Hi Eldon, Thank you for contacting us regarding our Centenary digitisation project, ANZAC Connections. At this time the Memorial is focused on digitising letters and diaries held within our private records collection. In the future we may consider expanding the project to include published material. Kind regards, Nick Crofts

Eldon Bryant

  • Gidday Nick, Thanks for your posted response, your comments appreciated. The Swann diaries are excellent and enjoyable reading and contain sixteen [16] photographs. Ubique Cheers and with best regards Eldon Bryant....

Chris Barrett

  • Dear Nick, An article in the Sydney Morning Herald, March 12th 2014 stated that "the names of each of the 62,000 Australians who died in WW1 will be emblazoned, one by one, onto the stones of the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial over the next four years....and descendants will be advised when their fallen relative will be commemorated in light". My paternal grandfather died at Gallipoli and I am very interested in this commeration. How does the War Memorial trace relatives and how can I register as a relative? Sincerely Chris Barrett (nee O'Brien)

Peter Mason

  • Seeking information on Private George Mason 40th Battalion WW1

Vanessa Wright says:

  • Hi Chris, I'm responding on behalf of the Memorial to your enquiry. You can find out more information about the Roll of Honour projections and register your interest on this page https://www.awm.gov.au/1914-1918/roll-honour-name-projections/ Kind regards, Vanessa

Vanessa Wright says:

  • Hi Peter, The best place to start looking for information regarding Private George Mason is via our Research Centre, which has guides on researching First World War Military service: /research/infosheets/served_ww1/ and on researching family history: /research/family-history/. If you have any further questions regarding researching service personnel, please feel free to contact our Information Services team at info[@]awm.gov.au or by phone: +61 (02) 6243 4211. Kind regards, Vanessa

Gemma Grace

  • edward charles grace 2645 information please