Feb 5, 2015

John Mathieson William EDMONDS [1894 - 1919]

John Mathieson William Edmonds was born at home at 25 Bendigo Street in Prahran in September 1894.  His parents were John Henry Edmonds and Isabella Craig.

By the time he was 20 years of age he had enlisted in the AIF at Cottesloe in West Australia.  This was 21st June 1915.  He joined the 12th Battalion - 4th Motor Transport Section. His parents wrote a letter giving him permission to enlist.

In September of that same year he embarked Fremantle per the H.M.A.T. Anchises A68 bound for Egypt.

His Battalion disembarked on 6th January 1916 and by the 1st marsh John was transferred to the 52nd Battalion.

As a "driver' he was transferred many time to various Battalions and it is difficult to keep up with where he was at various stages in his Military Career. By August 1916 he was in Marseille, France where he seemed to be for quite a few months.

In February 1919 he is at Wimereux in Northern France being admitted to 7th G.H. with acute bronchitis and influenza. He died on 12th February 1919 at Terlincthun, Pas-de-Calais, France where he is buried

Roll of Honour name projection

John Edmonds' name will be projected onto the exterior
of the Hall of Memory on:

  • Wed 4 February, 2015 at 4:50 am
  • Wed 1 April, 2015 at 10:05 pm
  • Mon 18 May, 2015 at 7:12 pm
  • Mon 29 June, 2015 at 7:18 pm
  • Wed 12 August, 2015 at 12:57 am
  • Wed 30 September, 2015 at 11:03 pm
  • Thu 28 January, 2016 at 2:07 am

These dates and times are estimates. Please note that previous advised times on this site have recently been changed to ensure that early evening projections are clearly visible and not affected by twilight. The actual time of projection could also change as a result of weather and other factors, so it is advisable to check closer to the date. In the rare event of a temporary loss of electrical power, the names scheduled for display in that period will not appear until the next time listed.

once again,
I would like to extend my grateful thanks to the
AWM, CWGC and the NAA
and other sites

for allowing us access to their amazing collections!

Feb 4, 2015

a very busy project!

Over the past year or so I have been researching and gathering photos and information on the members of my family (including extended family) that served in both World Wars.

My 'goal' has been to document what I can in memory of these men that fought in such horrendous conditions so that we may experience some form of peace today.

The ones I have completed are listed below:

died 1916

died 1917


died 1918

died 1919

if anyone has any extra data on any of the above, do please let me know.
Leone Fabre

Henry William BARWISE [1882 - 1948]

Henry William Barwise was born in 1882 at Great Western, a small regional village west of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia.  His parents were Henry Machel Barwise and Harriet Isabella Walkeden.

In 1910 he married Florence Lily Pearce and they had four sons before he enlisted in the AIF. On his return they had a further three children, two daughters and one son.

Henry enlisted at Melbourne on 19 January 1917. He was a driver and given service # 34207 with the 1st D.A.C in the 26th Reinforcements.  A part of the
Field Artillery Brigade, March 1917 Reinforcements.

being Division Ammunition Column.

From the In March 1916 Division Artilleries were greatly expanded for service on the Western Front, with three brigades each of four batteries and one of three batteries, and medium and heavy trench mortars were added.

This was changed again in January 1917, with the number of brigades reduced to just two. In February 1918, medium trench mortar batteries were reorganised and the heavy batteries reduced to just one, under Corps control.

On the Western Front the normal practice was for divisions in the line to have support from two or more division artilleries.

on 12th May 1917, Henry William Barwise embarked Melbourne on board the HMAT Ascanius (A11) and disembarked in Devonport in England late July 1917.

above: The troop transport Ascanius (A11)

November 1914. Fremantle, Western Australia. November 1914. The troop transport Ascanius (A11) which was the first ship carrying troops to leave the area. It joined the ANZAC convoy on 3 November 1914 and proceeded in convoy to Colombo.

After leaving Colombo the Ascanius rammed the troop transport Shropshire (A9) on 21 November 1914 but both ships were able to continue in convoy to Aden. (Donor A.W. Bazley to the AWM)

above image: HMAT Ascanius (A11)

27 May 1916. Troops crowded on the decks of the stern of the troopship HMAT Ascanius (A11), being towed out to sea by a tug from Port Melbourne.

Note the soldiers on the decks waving flags and the streamers hanging off the decks of the ship.

above image: HMAT Ascanius in Melbourne

In September of 1917, he was caught AWOL - from 6.00am till 11.45pm on 8th September and forfeited a total of 9 days pay. In November he proceeded to France via Southampton.

He suffered much illness whilst in France and was admitted to hospital on a number of occasions suffering from Neuritis, Neurasthenia,
Rheumatism & influenza.

By July of 1918 he was in the 4th General Hospital in Plymouth with Neuritis which is
an inflammation of one or more nerves. The characteristic symptoms of neuritis include pain and tenderness; impaired sensation, strength, and reflexes.

In September he returned to Australia due to "a medical condition" and on his records it has: Neurasthenia.

Henry on far right - whilst recovering in hospital

He died in the farm shed at Marshall on 8th February 1948 from heart failure and is buried at the Geelong Western Public Cemetery.

we shall not forget any family member, regardless of them Returning to Australia or sadly being Killed in Action.

once again,
I would like to extend my grateful thanks to the AWM, CWGC and the NAA for allowing us access to their amazing collections!


Jan 31, 2015

Edward Charles Tobias Hurter [ 1888 - 1917 ]

Edward Charles Tobias Hurter was born in Coburg - a suburb of Melbourne - on 26th November 1888.  His parents were Charles Edward Hurter and Jeannett Le Brun.

He attended the Blackburn Primary School and later went on to the Hawthorn College where he studied accountancy. Prior to his enlistment in the AIF he held the Office of Collector in the Electric Light Department in the Nunawading Shire Council.

In January 1916 he enlisted in the AIF and was assigned to the 22nd Battalion, 11th Reinforcements. His service number being 4465.

Just prior to sailing, Edward married Rae Leonore Dowel who was the daughter of Henry Dowel and Flora McKenzie. Rae was born in Ascot Vale in 1891.

On 29 March 1916 Edward Hurter embarked from Melbourne on board the HMAT ORONTES.

image is of the HMAT ORONTES departing Port Melbourne in August 1916.

on 10 September 1916 Edward proceeded to France from England. In October he was promoted to Lance Corporal and in November to Temporary Sergeant.

At this time the 22nd Battalion were moved to the Ypres sector then back to Somme for the winter.

During January 1917 there had been much snow around Martinpuich and by the 1st February the weather was considered 'fine'.

Edward was killed whilst in "William Alley" - a trench near Martinpuich - and according to the diary of James Irwin:

We were now taken off the railway fatigue, and were at the disposal of head-quarters to be sent on any sector as carrying parties. We were working on two sectors, each of which was entered by a different route. On one of the routes, after we had travelled about a mile from our dugout in the mud, we would enter a trench called "William Alley".

This trench was built perfectly by the British, and it was about 2 miles long in zigzag formation, reaching up to the front line. The walls were riveted with wire mesh and the duckboards were supported on "A" frames; the water running 2 feet below in the bottom of the trench, and parts of the trench were camouflaged with the ordinary material which was used for the same purpose in the artillery.

The camouflaged material is made up of wire netting with an artificial covering of leaves and boughs. When we were on our way back to our dugout after being up to the line, we would call into the soup kitchen and have a short rest and some soup, after which we would feel quite repaired. We used to travel on the upper side of a dark gully on the way out, and in the dark hollow we would hear men pushing trucks, on the light railway up to the front line, laden with timber and ammunition, and the trucks returning would have wounded on them. When a shell would come hissing over into the dark valley, we would stop with a feeling of awe, and listen with expectation of hearing someone call "Stretcher bearers".
One night in the vicinity of this valley, a shell landed about 4 feet from the duckboards on which we were travelling, and blew myself and four others off the duckboards into the mud. On account of the mud being so soft as to allow the shell to penetrate deeply into the ground, we were fortunate enough to escape being killed or wounded, as the fragments of the shell could not escape above the surface of the ground.

and from the diary of Lt. Col. A. Wiltshire:

Pushed on through the village noticing some guns blocked out and then along what has been a pleasant country road. The snow has caused green grass to sprout everywhere and the country is looking very well. Much shelled is this road and by no means a health resort. When we got to William Alley we hopped in and had a grand run right up and then pushed across country to the Battalion H.Q. Very muddy and dirty and the dugout one of the most villianous [sic] ever imaginable. Concentrated smell of cooking, foul breaths & stagnation smote one on entering.

Skirting the village of Martinpuich for a while we at last plunged boldly through it and wondered by the lights there that they do not strafe it thoroughly and well. Once out of the village we got on to uneven boards with treacherous gaps in them and met many tired and muddy men coming out of the line, some cheerful, some depressed and nearly sobbing with fatigue. Soon we struck William Alley and had to pass nearly a whole Battalion coming out. Squeezing past was most awkward especially for the M.O.

The memorial for Edward Charles Tobias Hurter is located at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France. There is no known grave.

 The personal effects of Edward Hurter were returned to his wife.

 The personal effects of Edward Hurter were returned to his wife.
when next you see a headstone or memorial for an 'unknown soldier' think of
Edward Charles Tobias Hurter

Newspaper article from Saturday 17th March 1917

May you rest in peace Edward Hurter


as an added note, I have the following family that were also in the 22nd Battalion:

Donald William McTavish
KIA 27 July 1916 at The Battle of Pozieres

Harold Dimongoes McTavish
WIA at the Battle of Pozieres and RTA. died 13 April 1962

James John Roberts
WIA at The Battle of Menin Road and RTA. died 28 July 1968

William Gordon Tucker
KIA at The Battle of Beaurevoir on 3rd October 1918