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There was a soldier, a Scottish soldier
Who wandered far away and soldiered far away
There was none bolder, with good broad shoulders,
He fought in many a fray and fought and won
Leaving behind a large family of siblings, young William and older brother Tommy Lumsden decided to try their luck in Albany, Western Australia.
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Walter Lamont Fathers - RTA - ID# 489
.....regular Australians - extraordinary service
Paul, the grandson of Walter Fathers recalls Grandpa was a very gentle, quiet and reserved man who pottered around the house, tended his garden and tinkered in his shed.
He hand carved with love, model yachts for his grandsons and beautiful doll’s houses for his granddaughters.
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John Harold COFFEN - RTA - ID# 254
(ID under review)
In war, there are no unwounded soldiers
John Harold Coffen was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1894, the second youngest of the seven children of Agnes and William Coffen. His mother Agnes was the granddaughter of the Western Australian pioneers William Hole Duffield and Charlotte Foss Duffield.
Their home on the Swan River was named Bicton and the Perth riverside suburb now bears its name.
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Edward Rogerson - RTA - ID# 655
"Tick Tock Granddad"
'Tick Tock Granddad' as he was know to the grandchildren, was born in 1889 in England and was the youngest child of his family who lived in Chingford, Essex.
His father was a private waterman on the canals and the small family home still exists and is in good order.
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Robert Paul McInerney - RTA - ID# 165
He talked about his war service, but never with regret.
My father, Paul McInerney, was a strong personality and a dominant force in my life.
To this day I can recall the sound of his voice, the stories he told, the words he used, and remember the views he expressed and the values he held. His was a life full of varied experiences which he enjoyed with vigour and enthusiasm.
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David John SIMCOCK - KIA - ID# 15
I carnt berleeve he's gorn - Pore ole Pink
He was just a private, one of the many in the original 11th Battalion and yet everyone knew him. His shock of bright red hair made him instantly recognizable, but it was his magnetism, his humour, his personality which stood him apart from the others.
In 1914, aged 31 with a wife, two children and a fruit and vegetable business to manage, he could have easily left the fighting to younger men but he was amongst the first to enlist when the call went out for recruits for the Australian Infantry Forces.