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George William BROWN, 854 Private - KIA - ID# 063
"I feel very sad for my great grandmother"
George William Brown, a blacksmith by trade, was born and raised in Albany. The eldest in a family of five girls and four boys, his father operated a tug boat in Albany Harbour. George was 21 when he enlisted in September 1914 and prior to that, had been a cadet for two years. George underwent initial training at Blackboy Hill and sailed from Fremantle to the Middle East with the first contingent from Australia.
On Sunday 10th January, he was photographed with his comrades high up on the Great Pyramid with his drum around his neck. It would have been a tough climb for a man with a drum! A likeable chap, he was known as “Brownie” by his mates.
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James BROWN, 1042 Private - RTA - ID# 213
It was a typical West Australian summer’s morning and Jim Brown felt the heat intensifying in his room, a tiny front addition to his sister’s modest home in the inner Perth suburb of Leederville.
By 9am, the house had emptied. Everyone gone about their various tasks for the day. Jim locked the door and reached under the bed for the rope he’d secreted. Positioning a chair under the main rafter, he slung the rope over the beam, secured it tightly and fashioned a noose. Without pausing, he placed the loop around his neck, tightened it and kicked the chair away. It was Monday 16th February 1948. Jim was 59.
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George Joseph BOYLE, 253/1093 Sergeant - Discharged UK - ID# 024
... keen soldier stowed away, and signed up for the second time ...
A determined soldier
George Boyle was originally enlisted as 253 Armorer Sergeant on 9 September 1914 and attached to B Company of the 11th Battalion. After serving for 43 days and with departure immiment he was discharged by order of a Military Board on 29-30 October 1914 (for reasons unknown).
So keen was he to serve and not to be deterred he stowed away with his mates of the 11th Battalion on board the troopship HMAT 11 Ascanius when it sailed from Fremantle on 31 October 1914. He apparently stayed undetected until becoming known to the Officers on board on the 6th of November, by which time the ship was well out to sea.
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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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RSL Sunset Services - Video tributes
The RSL WA held a series of Sunset Services for soldiers who served in the 1914-1918 war.
The videos below are about or include members of the 11th Battalion, and are featured in the WAGS 11th Battalion project.
Videos courtesy Channel 7 Perth via The West Australian, used with permission.
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WAGS 11th Battalion Project - Video
Some of the men in this 8 minute video are known to be in the WW1 Cheops Pyramid photo of the 11th Battalion, others are possibly there and not yet identified.
Some of the men shown are known not to be in the photo and joined the 11th Battalion after the photo was taken. Many of these men paid the supreme sacrifice at Gallipoli, and at the Western Front.
Lest we forget.