Matthew Tubman

Matthew Tubman was born in 1898 to William and Ruth Tubman. They lived at “Alma” Gray St, Keiraville. Matthew’s records on the Australian War Memorial Honour Roll state that he attended Wollongong High school and worked as a clerk. He trained in music and typewriting and was the secretary of the Methodist Christian Endeavour Society and well as the Australian Secretary of the Glen Lodge of Druids, Wollongong. [1] Contrary to the AWM Honour Roll, the AWM Embarkation Roll as well as descending family who have shared information with Wollongong City Libraries, state that he was a miner by profession.

Subsequent to his enlistment, he joined the 36th Battalion Infantry and embarked on HMAT Ajana A31.[2]

He was in killed in action on January 22, 1917 at the age of 19. His grave is located at the Western Front, Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery.

Grave of Matthew Tubman.

Grave of Matthew Tubman.


[1] AWM, Roll of Honour Particulars – Matthew Tubman, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013, < http://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/pdf/RCDIG1068842–79-.PDF&gt; viewed 8 January 2014.

[2] AWM, Embarkation Rolls – Matthew Tubman, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013, < http://static.awm.gov.au/collection/images/large/RCDIG1067567/RCDIG1067567–252-.JPG&gt; viewed 8 January 2014.

Edwin George Duchesne

Edwin George Duchesne, known as George Duchesne, was born on 27 September, 1896. He is the younger brother of William Sydney Duchesne; their father owned Crown St Newsagency (opposite NAB today) which was where George worked prior to enlisting.

He enlisted at Sydney on 2 February 1916 as driver. George embarked at Sydney for England on 30 May 1916 with the 3rd Divisional Train, 24th Company, Australian Army Service Corps on the HMAT Persic. He disembarked at Plymouth on 25 July, 1916 and proceeded to France later that year. He was appointed to lance corporal on 2 February 1919 and later appointed temporary corporal (2 April 1919).

George Duchesne's enlistment form,

George Duchesne’s enlistment form,

He was discharged at Sydney on 11 October 1919 and received the British War and Victory Medals in honour of his service.

George Duchesne was the treasurer of Wollongong RSL and was given a Tea Service. He married to Nellie Cutherbert (nee) Kershaw and together, they had two children: Marie and John.

 

NAA: B2455, DUCHESNE G

Honour Roll

We need you

To commemorate the centenary of World War 1, Wollongong City Libraries will develop an innovative online resource – Illawarra Remembers 1914-1918 – which will include information and photographs that tell the stories of the Illawarra’s brave men and women who went to war. We need your help.

There are a number of Honour Rolls and Memorials across the Illawarra which commemorate the men and women involved in the war. Below are photographs of the Roll of Honour at Helensburgh Workers’ Club  and the Roll of Honour at Thirroul Public School [1] (NB. The rolls and memorials may have changed location since the time the P12756

Helesburgh Workers’ Club
HONOUR ROLL
To commemorate the members who made the supreme sacrifice for their country in World Wars 1 and 2.
1914-1918

Barrie W.
Freebairn J.L
Ford T. (Paddy)
Hillier B.
Hilton J.
Kinlock S.
Mini J.
McKenzie J.
McPaul H.
Stewart J.
Thickett A.
Williamson J.

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FOR KING AND COUNTRY
Thirroul Public School

WEBB, William
STURT, Clifford
WELCH, Walter
BOOTH, Reginald
CAVILL, Walter
SMITH, Erroll
JONES, Alfred
JONES, Murray
CURRAN, Jack
ADEY, Alfred
WOODALL, Vivian
GRANGE, Gordon
ROBERTS, James
BIRCH, Walter
DWYER, Clyde
WEST, Jack
ELPHINSTONE, Nichs
ROBBINS, Regnld
WILSON, Briton
BROWNING, Arthur
SPEIRS, Joseph
GIBSON, Albert
BEST, Robert S
WRIGHT, Waltr
HILTON, John
GRIFFIN, Victor
WILSON, Edison
CAIGER, Walter
CHRISTIE, Alfred
MOBBS, Walter
HILTON, Joseph
HEARD, Oliver
BIVENS, John
DIGNAM, Daniel
BROWN, Charles
BARNSLEY, Wllm
HINDMARSH, Thos
McCALLUM, Geo
ANDERSON, Willm
HOPKINS, Daniel
WHITFORD, Willm
MARR, Harold
BEVAN, Hirwain
CURRAN, Frank
KIGGINS, John
PECK, Charles
GIBSON, Thos
BLOOR, Clarence
RIXON, Keith
WOODALL, Eric
FREW, Robert
BEVAN, Victor
MOBBS, Albert
DINES, Charles
BLOOR, Roy
HICKS, Henry
CHEADLE, George
ROBERTSON, Roy
SMITHERS, Sydney
McAULAY Herbt
ADEY, Arthur
WYNN, Chas
BRADBURY, Saml
BRITTEN, Cecil
SWAIN, Stanley
MARR, Cyril
ROBERTSON, Jas
DWYER, Jack
GREEN, Arthur
BOOTH, Harold
BETTERRIDGE, Gdn
HUTTON, Willm
JACK, James

If anyone has any information about the names on this Honour Roll (or any other), please let us know either through the contact page, in person at Wollongong Reference Library or by calling the Reference Library on (02) 4227 7414.


[1] Compiled by Illawarra Family History Group Inc, Illawarra Remembers: War Memorials of the Illawarra, Printed by University of Wollongong Printery, Wollongong NSW, August 1995.

Henry Edward O’Neill

Doc seated, left.

Doc seated, left.

Henry Edward O’Neill, born on May 10 1892 in Mt Keira to Edward O’Neill and Ann Staunton (nee), enlisted on August 29 1915. Prior to his enlistment, he worked as a driver. He joined the 17th Battalion and was known as “Doc” which can be seen in his diary and letters.

He received letters from his girlfriend at the time, Myrtle while at the front.

Page 1 of a letter from Myrtle to Doc.

Page 1 of a letter from Myrtle to Doc.

Postcard from Myrtle to Doc.

Postcard from Myrtle to Doc.

Doc also kept a diary which depicted an insight into his time at the front and in the trenches.

“[Foe] shelled on April 19th while doing Engineers fatigue, I have the hottest time I ever wish to experience. Shells bursting all round us not 20 yards away, but we get out of it luckily by crouching in a deep sap. I duck under a seat in the sap at the first explosion and there we are praying & …, while 40 odd shells burst round us. After it’s calm, I am pulled up by Major Travers for not saluting him when on the way to […] It’s the last straw, & I feel like roaring, but don’t. Back into the trenches on the same night…”

“We are all ordered into a cellar, but only 3 shells come over. One artillery man has his head blown off outside the hospital, & a lot of gravestones are shattered in the church yard. That night we are treated to a [light] attack of weeping gas. Go on by car.”

Front cover of Doc's diary.

Front cover of Doc’s diary.

Doc returned to Australia on December 18, 1918 and subsequently married Beatrice Blenkinsopp (nee); together they had five children. Altogether, he served for three years and 219 days and was abroad for three years and 55 days. He lived at Church St, Wollongong until his death in 1964.

 

Doc received the British War and Victory medals for his service.

Unknown soldiers

Australia in Palestine was purchased at the Lifeline book fair. To the surprise of the purchasers, there were images of soldiers from the First World War wedged between the pages. These photos have been shared with Wollongong City Libraries and we are now seeking the names of these unknown soldiers as well as details to put the story into context.

If anyone has any information, please let us know either through the contact page, in person at Wollongong Reference Library or calling the Reference Library on (02) 4227 7414. Please make sure let us know which photograph you are referring to.

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William George Porter

William George Porter, born to Samuel George Porter and Harriet L Brown (nee) on 1 July 1896, lived at 33 Brownlow Rd, Haggerston, London. He was a Corporal in the 6th London Regiment following his enlistment.

Service photo of William George Porter.

Service photo of William George Porter.

William served in both World War I and II. During the Second World War he was captured at Singapore and was moved to Changi from 1942 until 1945 as a POW. The camp was liberated in September 1945 by the 5th Indian Division and troops were being repatriated within a week.[1]

He was linked to a number of professions before and after the wars which included the Straits Settlement Police Force, Chief Inspector in 1928 and a Coroner.

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He married Juanita Howell (nee) and together, they had three children. It was not until 1951 when the family moved to Australia for William’s retirement. They settled at 41 Baan Baan St, Dapto where William lived for the rest of his life.

He died at the age of 78 on 11 August, 1974 at Thirroul.


[1] AWM, Changi, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013, < http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/pow/changi/&gt; viewed 18 December 2013.

Honour Roll

We need you

To commemorate the centenary of World War 1, Wollongong City Libraries will develop an innovative online resource – Illawarra Remembers 1914-1918 – which will include information and photographs that tell the stories of the Illawarra’s brave men and women who went to war. We need your help.

There are a number of Honour Rolls and Memorials across the Illawarra which commemorate the men and women involved in the war. Below is a photograph of the Roll of Honour at Woonona Presbyterian Church [1] (NB. The rolls and memorials may have changed location since the time the photograph was taken).

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“PRO DEI PRO REGE PRO PATRIA”
Woonona 1914 – 19

L.E Cameron
E.A Perkins
Jas Davidson
C.R Palmer M.D
J. Downie
J. Fowler D
J. Rowan
A. Artis
J. Johnston
A. Cochrane
R. Bray
T. Hill
L. Cracknell
J. Fletcher
A. Downie
W.A Bayne
R. Jackson
T.H Edwards
JNO Davidson
R. Schofield
W.J.R Richardson
R. Frew
G.W.A Hausknecht
W. Rees
F. Westwood
R.B Stewart
D. Nicol
W. Graham
A. Taylor
H. Rees
W. Downie
A. Waters

If anyone has any information about the names on this Honour Roll (or any other), please let us know either through the contact page, in person at Wollongong Reference Library or by calling the Reference Library on (02) 4227 7414.


[1] Compiled by Illawarra Family History Group Inc, Illawarra Remembers: War Memorials of the Illawarra, Printed by University of Wollongong Printery, Wollongong NSW, August 1995.

Herbert Norman Kelly

Herbert Norman Kelly was born on 1 October 1893 at Jaspers Brush, NSW to John and Mary Ann (nee Tierney). He was a horse breaker prior to the war.

His experience with horses fuelled his eagerness to enlist.

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Herbert ultimately joined the 12th Light Horse unit as a trooper at the exact age of 21 and 11 months.

The photo below was taken in Sydney, 1911.

Herbert Kelly. Standing on the left.

Herbert Kelly. Standing on the left.

During his service (6 November 1917), Herbert was charged during training for assaulting a civilian and subsequently served two months in gaol: Darlinghurst Detention Barracks.

He died on 15 November, 1917 at the George River, Liverpool due to accidental drowning.  He was 22 years of age. He is buried at Rookwood Necropolis in Sydney and is commemorated at panel 8 at the Australian War Memorial.[1]

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NAA: B2455, KELLY H N


[1] AWM, Embarkation Rolls – Herbert Norman Kelly, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013, <http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/roll_of_honour/person/R1641247/&gt;  viewed 18 December 2013.

Oliver Holmes Heard

Oliver Holmes Heard, born in 1893 at the Railway House, Bulli to Roger and Sarah Heard was a woodworking machinist prior to the war.

Oliver enlisted on 22 July, 1915 at the age of 21. Initially he joined the 17th Battalion and was later transferred to the 11th Battalion.

Oliver Heard, 1918.

Oliver Heard, 1918.

His diary from the Front begins in October 1915 and ends in 1916. It contains names and addresses  of friends in Wollongong and entries regarding the war and service details.

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Oliver returned home from the war in 1919 and subsequently married Elvira Nellie aka Vera Wakeford, sister of Muriel Wakeford. Together they had three children and lived on Staff St, Wollongong. Oliver then worked at Boyded Industries. He received the Victory, Star and British War medals as recognition for his service in the First World War.

Below is a photo of Vera on the left and Oliver on the right in his WWI uniform, taken around 1940.

Vera left, Oliver right. c1940.

Vera and Oliver in his WWI uniform, at their Staff St. home c1940

Oliver Heard died in 1967 at the age of 74 at Wollongong.