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11th Battalion Stretcher Bearers - Who are they?
We are endeavouring to name the 11th Battalion men shown in this stretcher bearers photo taken in 1914 at Helena Vale Racecourse - the caption is as it appeared with the photo in "Legs Eleven" published in the Western Mail in 1938-39.
See below for more detail and known identifications...
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25 April 1965 - Perth Anzac parade - Who are they?
We are endeavouring to name the 11th Battalion men shown in this Anzac day photo from the 50th anniversary parade on 25 April 1965.
If you know who they are, please respond to The Western Australian Geneaolical Society (WAGS) 11th Battalion Project by email at:
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The TS Louch Memoirs Continued – Part 1, Chapter 2
Chapter 2 1915 – Mena Camp – Training in Egypt – Lemnos
Corporal Louch takes up his story:
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The Thomas Steane Louch Memoirs
The TS Louch Memoirs are an important part of the narrative of the 1914-1918 war, particularly for Western Australians.
The custodian of the Thomas Steane Louch Memoirs Mr. Peter Davies, nephew of Thomas Louch, has very kindly donated the Louch memoirs to The Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) so that this important document is made available to the public. We are publishing the TS Louch Memoirs here as part of the WAGS 11th Battalion Project.
923 Thomas Steane LOUCH (M.C. E.D. Q.C.) joined the 11th Battalion as a private, he was given Corporal stripes within days of joining due to his previous experience as an artillery gunner and corporal in the Garrison Artillery.
The image at left shows Corporal TS Louch amongst his fellow soldiers of the 11th Battalion on 10 Jan 1915 at the Great Pyramid, he is ID# 625 located in Grid J-16.
He had an exemplary career in the A.I.F.; wounded at Gallipoli while serving with the 11th Battalion, he returned to Australia and then joined the 51st Battalion, was mentioned in despatches three times, received a Military Cross and Bar and the Romanian Chevalier of the Order of the Crown.
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Bernard Rourke ALSTON, 626 Private - RTA - ID# 535
‘... a merry scamp’
A Twist of Fate
Our paternal grandfather Bernard Rourke ALSTON enlisted into the First AIF at the Kalgoorlie Drill Hall on 15 August 1914.
It was by a twist of fate that he was in Kalgoorlie at the time War was declared as he was not a native of the West. Bernie hailed from Alexandra, a beautiful pastoral district in the foothills of the High Country in Victoria. He had followed two of his elder brothers (Henry & Percy) who had already made their way to the West for work. In August 1914 Bernie was a clerk in the Union Bank at 189 Hannan Street. He had just turned 22.
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Robert Ford BRYANT – RTA – ID# 194
Always charge sideways – there is less to shoot at!
Calm before the storm
Bryant family legend has it that as a teenager, Robert, or Bob as he preferred to be called, rode his bicycle from Mount Magnet to Perth (a distance of almost 600 kms) to watch a cricket match. There’s a strong possibility that the story is true. Bob was known for his determination, his strength of character and love of sport and physical challenges, traits he constantly exhibited throughout his life.
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INMAN, John William (Jack) - Not in Photo
INMAN, Edwin Stanley - RTA ID# 154
I do hope we will be spared to return to you dear people again
Australia is at war!
It was in August 1914 and with a heavy heart that Caroline Barlow learnt that Australia was at war.
Married at eighteen, she had given birth to thirteen children, eight by her abusive first husband, George Inman and five by her much younger second husband, Lambert Barlow.
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Alvared Roe Cecil CLIFTON - RTA ID# 184
Selfless to a fault
... tall, strong, suave and unperturbed, selfless to a fault, (he) was held in high esteem by his comrades ...
In his memoir of the 1914-1918 war years, George Medcalf described his 11th Battalion friend Alvared Clifton thus
It would appear that Alvared or Alvie as he was known, was not only selfless but completely lacking in affectation. On the attestation paper he completed when enlisting for military service abroad, he wrote but one word ‘labourer’ in answer to question 5 - What is your trade or calling?