Friday, September 19, 2014

Richard O'Brien enlisted 19 September 1914

My Great or grand uncle Richard O'Brien enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 19 September 1914. Richard had been in Australia less than one year having arrived with his father and 2 of his sisters from Tipperary, Ireland in December 1913.  Richard was aged 21 years 1 month when he enlisted in Bundaberg, Queensland.  Looking at the mapping your anzacs website he was one of 761 people who enlisted in Bundaberg over the course of WW1.

He was appointed to the 15th Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade, AIF.   Richard was initially based at Enogerra army camp in Brisbane (source:war diary) with the following article on Trove from the Brisbane Courier 7 November 1914 describing one day (The distance from the current Enogerra barracks to Sandgate is 18.6km)  

The 15th Infantry Battalion of the Expeditionary Force and the 9th Battalion of Infantry Reinforcements, which marched to Sandgate from the Concen- tration Camp at Enoggera on Thursday,stayed the night at Sandgate. Yesterday the reville sounded early, and by 6.30 the troops were on the march through the main streets of Sandgate, giving the residents and others an opportunity of witnessing the fine stamp of men of which the battalions are made up. Subsequently the men indulged in recreation in which swimming played not the least important part. At 11 o'clock camp was struck and the soldiers commenced their march back to the Enoggera Encampment. It was a very hot, dusty and trying march but the infantry were in fine fettle and arrived back at Enogerra between 4 and 5 pm.

According to the embarkation roll on Australian War Memorial website he was one of 1029 from the 15 Infantry Battalion (December 1914) who embarked from Melbourne on 22 December 1914 on ship A40 HMAT Ceramic.   According to the war diary available on the Australian war memorial website the ship embarked from Port Melbourne at 3:30pm.

So Richard along with the rest of the 15th Infantry battalion (Queenslanders) had travelled to Broadmeadows, Melbourne by train arriving 26 November 1914 (source:war diary) to form part of the second Expeditionary Force with The Argus 1 December 1914 reporting:


At Broadmeadows the training of Colonel Monash's 4th Infantry Brigade commenced in earnest yesterday. The 14th Battalion was sent to Williamstown during the morning to learn the practical side of musketry, while the 13th, 15th, and 16th Battalions carried out exercises in the immediate neighbourhood of the camp, finishing up with short protected marches. The brigade staff is now under canvas, and a step nearer to active service conditions has been reached.

The brigade is complete, except that a company and a few other details from Western Australia have still to report them- selves. The men in camp are reported to be showing marked keenness for their work, and the brigade major (Lieut Colonel McGlinn) refers to them as "a very fine body altogether "

And this from the Port Fairy Gazette 3 December 1914 Melbourne notes
City folk have had plenty of opportunities of viewing troops on the march and the fine 
complement of motor waggons which are at present grouped in the Domain on the St. Kilda 
road. The various contingents from other States have been arriving in Melbourne during 
the past week, and it is expected that the second expeditionary force will soon be on the sea.
 The work of fitting up the different transport ships is being pushed forward day and night, which
is evidence that an early start is expected. Amongst the transports are two of the 
largest steamers trading to these ports-the Ceramic (18,500) and the Ulysess (15,000). The 
captured German vessels are also being used as transports.

The Argus 18 December 1914 reported on the inspiring spectacle of the 4th Infantry Brigade marching through the city.

While back in Queensland the Brisbane Courier 17 December 1914 reports on Stanley Prince Evans who is listed on the same embarkation roll.
Private Stanley P. Evans, of Coorparoo, who is at present with the 15th Infantry (Queenslanders), at Melbourne, on his way to the front, was yesterday presented through his father, Mr. W. Evans, of Greenslopes, Coorparoo, with a pair of military brushes (engraved), in holster, as a small token of esteem from the residents of Coorparoo. This is the eleventh Coorparoo member of the Expeditionary Force, and each has received a presentation from the residents.

I will explore Richard's war service further another time.

For anyone searching for William Howden (service number 4735) you will find 
some pages from his file are included in Richard O'Brien's file.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Alfred Walter Gillingham enlisted 26 August 1914

My great or grand uncle Alfred Walter Gillingham enlisted one hundred years ago on 26 August 1914 in the British Army Service Corps. Born Paddington, London the son of Richard & Ada Gillingham he was a 19 year old motor mechanic.  So far I've identified five great uncles who served in WW1 in either the British or Australian armies.  I think Alfred is the first of the five to enlist.

Not knowing much about the Army Service Corps (ASC) I took a look at the British newspaper collection with The Daily Mirror in August 1914 noting that it is the ASC's job to see that the British soldier gets it all (food, ammunition and other necessities of campaigning) - and in good time.  The Long,Long Trail website has some good information on the ASC.

From Alfred's WW1 service record I've found that he served overseas (France I think) in Oct/Nov 1914 for 51 days before being knocked down by a motor car and hospitalised for 6 days in England. He was again overseas (France I think) from July 1915 for 3 years 261 days.  I plan to look further at what his war service entailed.

I have remembered Alfred Walter Gillingham on the Lives of the First World War website and plan to add some details in due course.

I have just started participating in Operation War Diary which is a project to tag the National Archives digital war diaries.  This will be really useful & it is quite easy to do the tagging so I hope the unit diaries I want to look at in more detail get tagged as part of this project.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Trove Tuesday - Zamora arrived July 1882

Following my post about Margaret HUDSON I thought I'd take a look at what newspapers said about the   Zamora which arrived Brisbane 14 July 1882

As expected the Brisbane newspapers had quite a few mentions of the ship

Prior to its arrival we have

THE QUEENSLANDER Saturday 27 May 1882
 English Shipping.—From our latest English files to hand we learn that tho Scottish Hero, barque, arrived at San Francisco, on the 3rd April from Bundaberg. The ship Zamora sailed from Liverpool on tho 28th March, and from Plymouth on the 2nd April, for Brisbane ;

The Brisbane Courier Wednesday 31 May 1882
Zamora, ship, 1180 tons, from Liverpool for Brisbane. Sailed 25th March, and left Plymouth on the 2nd April.

The Brisbane Courier Wednesday 21 June 1882 & Wednesday 12 July 1882
Zamora ship 1180 tons from Liverpool for Brisbane Sailed 28th March left Plymouth on   the 2nd April and was spoken on the 3rd April in 40° N lat and 10° W long

which according to google earth places it just off the coast of Portugal near Lisbon.

Then we have the arrival 

The Brisbane Courier Friday 14 July 1882

July 13- ZAMORA , ship 1180 tons Captain Canning from Liverpool 28th March and Plymouth on the 2nd April with 338 immigrants and a general cargo

My review of the shipping list summary says 338 embarked + 3 births equals 341 souls landed.

and this one where I think they mean July not June

The Brisbane Courier Saturday 15 July 1882
and the Zamora, ship, in Moreton Bay on the 13th June, from London, via Plymouth, with a total of 338 immigrants and a general cargo.

also reported in other Queensland regional newspapers 

some news about the ships doctor and that the voyage was 102 days.

THE CAPRICORNIAN (Rockhampton) 22 July 1882
The ship Zamora, with 338 immigrants, reached Brisbane on Wednesday from Plymouth, after a protracted voyage of 102 days. The immigrants are in charge of Dr. O'Doherty, a son of the Hon. Dr. O'Doherty, so well known here. Brisbane, 14th July, 1882

Warwick Argus Saturday 15 July 1882
July 14.
Tho immigrants by the Zamora were landed this evening.
and from the Warwick Examiner Saturday 15 July 1882 a bit more detail about arrival in Moreton Bay Thursday, brought up to Brisbane Friday 

And reported in interstate papers

THE ARGUS (Melbourne) 15 July 1882

Arrived- July 13 Derwent and Katoomba, from Sydney , Zamora, from Liverpool
And another from THE ARGUS same day which tells us about the weather on the day - is cloudy & threatening
And from the South Australian Register Saturday 15 July 1882 similar news, different order with the addition of mineral finds in Ravenswood.
The Sydney Morning Herald 15 July 1882 reported very similar news
But in the
THE LAUNCESTON EXAMINER Saturday 15 July 1882 we get some some slightly different news & a different departure point - Glasgow?
QUEENSLAND. BRISBANE, July 15   The Zamora with immigrants has.arrived  from Glasgow.  Miners are much wanted. The Chinese are leaving in large numbers for,other portions of the country,, being afraid of the European miners.

Rather more reporting that I'd expected but unfortunately no mention of any specific passenger.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Margaret Hudson Australia Day 2013

I started my blog 2 years ago with an Australia Day post on John GALLIGAN, my first ancestor to arrive in Australia.

This post, inspired by Helen V Smith's 2013 Australia Day challenge will be about John's wife Margaret HUDSON, my first female direct ancestor to arrive in Australia.

Believed to be Margaret HUDSON
Margaret HUDSON was born 1 January 1867 in Ballinatray, Gorey, Wexford, Ireland.  Her parents were James HUDSON and Jane FITZSIMMONS.  I know Margaret married in Brisbane, Queensland in 1888 so I looked for an arrival prior to that date.  Her death certificate in 1942 indicated she had lived 60 years in Queensland.  Therefore she had arrived approx 1882.

I think that she most likely arrived on the Zamora which left Plymouth 1 April 1882 arriving Brisbane 14 July 1882 with the shipping list showing

  • Matthew HUDSON age 22
  • Ann HUDSON age 18
  • Margt HUDSON age 16
Margaret's wedding to John GALLIGAN in 1888 was witnessed by Annie HUDSON (and I've subsequently confirmed Annie was in Australia via her marriage to Thomas SKELLY & death certificate in 1919 which confirmed her parents and said she resided 39 years in Australia ie arriving 1880).  

But was there a brother Matthew?

The answer is yes and the Queensland police service file and insanity file at the Queensland State Archives have confirmed the family relationship. However,  I have found no trace of Matthew after 1888.

I wonder if Matthew knew John GALLIGAN who was also a constable in the Queensland Police?  There was certainly a period where they both served in the Brisbane city area.  Perhaps he introduced the couple.  Guess we'll never know.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

John Lovelace died 1811

John Lovelace is my 4 x great grandfather.   I knew he had died between June 1809 and December 1811 because he had proved the will of Margaret OWEN (died 1809, Standon Staffordshire) but died before it was fully administered and in Margaret's sister Ann OWEN (died 1814, Standon Staffordshire) will dated December 1811 a beneficiary of the will  is Frances LOVELACE late the wife of my nephew John LOVELACE.  So from that I learnt

  • given Ann & Margaret were unmarried John's mother was likely called ? OWEN - so far I've found no LOVELACE + OWEN marriages

I found the burials of Margaret & Ann OWEN but I found no John LOVELACE in Standon or Staffordshire more generally.  John LOVELACE and Frances (surname unknown & marriage eludes me for now) baptised the following children who are named in Ann OWEN's will:

  • Matilda (1791) St Andrew Holborn
  • Ann (1793) St Andrew Holborn 
  • Lucretia Betty Margaret (1801) St George Bloomsbury
  • My 3 x great grandfather John (1808) Standon Staffordshire 
  • Marcus Brutus Owen - Standon Staffordshire (baptised 1816 but obviously alive in 1811 when Ann did her will) 

There is also a John Junius Brutus son of John & Francis baptised in 1806 in St Andrew Holborn but I am unclear if this John died or if my John was baptised twice.  My John consistently gives Standon Staffordshire as his birthplace in the census.

I looked at the Index to death duty registers on findmypast.  For some reason I only originally did 1810-1811.  Recently I tried 1812 and found John Lovelace, administrator Francis Lovelace, Standon Staffordshire, Bishops Court of Lichfield.  Bingo.  I emailed Lichfield Record Office and after paying my photocopying fee this week received the administration which provides the death date as 23 May 1811 & that he was late of the parish of Standon.

Now where is he buried?  And how old was he?