Honour Roll

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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.

William Hay

William Hay was born in Perth, Scotland on 18 February c.1875 to William Hay (snr) and Harriett McLaughlin. William was living in Coledale when he enlisted on 5 May, 1916 at the age of 40 in Helensburgh; he joined the 13th Infantry Battalion and embarked on HMAT Euripides on 9 September 1916.[1]

Service photo of William Hay.

Service photo of William Hay.

He was married to Christina Davidson (nee) and together, they had two children, Peter and Richard. Like many other men at the time, he was working as a labourer.

William with wife, Christina and two children, Peter and Richard.

William with wife, Christina and two children, Peter and Richard.

William was reported killed in action but he was taken as a POW (Prisoner of War) to Skalmiershutz in Germany (at the time) in May 1918. At the time, he wrote,

“I am well. I was badly wounded and taken prisoner on 4/5/18. I was very ill for a week or two but getting on alright now. Will let you know all next time I write.”[2]

He was captured on 4 August, 1918 according to the National Australian Archive records. He arrived in England in December and was subsequently repatriated to Australia.

After returning to Australia in April 1919, he was discharged on 3 June 1919.

William Hay died in Coledale on 27 January, 1940.

 

 

 

NAA: B2455, HAY W 6263.


[1] AWM, Embarkation Rolls – William Hay, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013, < http://www.awm.gov.au/research/people/nominal_rolls/first_world_war_embarkation/person/R1926667/&gt; viewed 4 December 2013.

[2] Australian Red Cross Society, Wounded and Missing: 6263 Private William Hay, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2013 < http://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/pdf/RCDIG1039113–1-.PDF&gt;, viewed 4 December 2013.

John Hargrave

John Edward Hargrave was originally born ‘Albert Mattison’ or ‘Green’ on 16 June, 1883 in Woonona. Prior to the war, he was a labourer.

John enlisted in Bulli in March, 1917 in the 25th Reinforcements 4th battalion. He was already married to Louisa at the time and they resided at Rixons Pass, Woonona.

John embarked on 31 October, 1917. He was wounded on 3 August 1918 in action due to a sprained ankle after jumping across a trench. He was put on a special sick parade and evacuated the next morning according to the National Archives of Australia.

He returned to Australia on H.M.A.T Suavic on 6 January 1919 and was discharged on 14 February 1919.

John Edward Hargrave (Albert Mattison or Green).

John Edward Hargrave (Albert Mattison or Green) at a wedding.

John died in 1951, Sydney at the age of 67.

In 1937, John wrote to the Defence Department stating that his certificates and medals were destroyed in a house fire; therefore there are no medals available and assumedly service photos. This letter had been uploaded to the National Archives of Australia.

Letter uploaded by NAA.

Letter uploaded by NAA.

 

 

NAA: B2455, HARGRAVE J E

Charles Walter Cornford

Charles Walter Cornford was born at Kiama, New South Wales on 29 October, 1893. He was the youngest son and seventh child of Walter and Ester Cornford. He was raised and educated along with his siblings at Kiama. After leaving school Charles started work with New South Wales Government railways, initially as a porter. His job took him away from home where he boarded with families close to his place of work. Charles was stationed at Waterfall, working as a railway signalman when he enlisted in the army in 1915, at age 21.

Charles Walter Cornford

Charles Walter Cornford

Charles served in the Australian Army from 26 July, 1915 until the first of November, 1917. He was a driver in the 5th Machine Gun Company, 20 Infantry Battalion. He served in France, departing from Sydney on 6 September, 1915 on HMAS Ballarat. After being discharged from the army medically unfit in 1918, Charles returned to work for the New South Wales Government railways.

Kiama Independent. 23 June 1917

Kiama Independent. 23 June 1917

Charles married Ruby Hall on 15 June, 1918 at   Petersham, New South Wales. They went on to have four children, Dorothy Jean, Roydon Charles, Melva Joy and Yvonne Olive between 1919 and 1934. In the early years of their marriage the family lived in New South Wales country areas where Charles was stationed with the railway.

The family returned to the Illawarra area in the early 1920’s where Charles continued his employment with the railway. He purchased land and built the family home in 1924 and lived there with the family throughout his working life and into his retirement. He spent many years working at Wollongong railway station where he went on to become supervisor of the goods shed, a position he held until his retirement.

Charles joined the Masonic Lodge in Portland, New South Wales in 1919. He was presented with his 50 years Freemasonry Medal in 1969.In 1979 he travelled to Norway to receive a medal marking 60 years as a member of the Illawarra Lodge; he was also honoured with Life Membership. Charles also served as both secretary and treasurer of the Druids Lodge for many years, retiring at the age of 90.

Community service was a big part of his life. Charles served on Wollongong Municipal Council as an alderman from 1930 to 1947, including one term as Deputy Mayor. Throughout his life he was involved in community groups. He was a Life Member of both the Wollongong Agricultural and Horticultural Societies. He exhibited both flowers and poultry at shows throughout the local area and was known for the magnificent dahlias that he grew. His garden was his pride and joy into his early nineties.

Charles passed away on 6 May, 1988 at Helensburgh after a short illness, at age 94. His life was celebrated at a service at Wesley Uniting Church, Wollongong where he was a long standing member of the congregation. Following his funeral service Charles was cremated and laid to rest at the Wollongong Memorial Gardens.