Tag - WW1

William Dartnell, VC

3 SEP 1915: World War I and Temporary Lieutenant William Thomas Dartnell, 25th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, originally from Melbourne, earns the Victoria Cross at Maktau, British East Africa. It was a posthumous award. William Dartnell, born at Collingwood, Melbourne, was only 15 years old when he enlisted for service in South Africa with the Victorian Mounted Rifles in 1901. He returned to South Africa in 1913 and was working there when war was declared. Using the name Wilbur Taylor Dartnell, he...

Lawrence Weathers, VC

2 SEP 1918: World War I and Corporal Lawrence Carthage Weathers, 43rd Battalion, originally from Te Koparu, New Zealand, earns the Victoria Cross at Péronne. Lawrence Weathers was born in Te Kopuru, near Dargaville, New Zealand, on 14 May 1890. His parents were originally from Australia and returned there when he was seven years old. The family settled in rural South Australia and Weathers was educated at Snowtown Public School. After leaving school he worked as an undertaker in Adelaide....

John Bisdee, VC

1 SEP 1900: The Second Boer War and Trooper (later Lieutenant Colonel) John Hutton Bisdee, 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, originally from Hutton Park, Tasmania, earns the Victoria Cross at Warm Bad, South Africa. John Bisdee was born on 28 September 1869 at Hutton Park, Melton Mowbray, Tasmania. In 1904 he married Georgiana Thodosia Hale who was the daughter of Bishop Matthew Blagden Hale. When Bisdee was 30 years old, and a Trooper with the Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen during the Second...

Alby Lowerson, VC

1 SEP 1918: World War I and Sergeant Albert (Alby) David Lowerson, 21st battalion, originally from Myrtleford, Victoria, earns the Victoria Cross at Mont St Quentin. Albert Lowerson, nicknamed Alby, was born in Myrtleford, a town in the state of Victoria, on 2 August 1896. His father worked for the railways as an engine driver but later turned his hand to farming. Lowerson worked as a gold miner after leaving school. In July 1915, Lowerson joined the Australian Imperial Force....

Wiliam Currey, VC

1 SEP 1918: World War I and Private William Matthew Currey, 53rd Battalion, originally from Wallsend, New South Wales, earns the Victoria Cross at Péronne. Born at Wallsend, New South Wales, on 19 September 1895 Currey was the son of a miner, William Robert Currey and Mary Ellen Lang. After attending Dudley and Plattsburg public schools, he was employed as a wireworker in Leichhardt. In October 1916, he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, volunteering for service overseas during the...

Alexander Buckley, VC

1 SEP 1918: World War I and Corporal Alexander Henry Buckley, 54th Battalion, originally from Warren, New South Wales, wins the Victoria Cross at Péronne. It was a posthumous award. Buckley was born on 22 July 1891 to James and Julia Buckley at Gulargambone, New South Wales, Australia. One of four children, he was home schooled on his parents' property Homebush during his childhood. After completing his schooling, he worked on the family farm with his father. Buckley enlisted in...

George Cartwright, VC

31 AUG 1918: World War I and Private (later Captain) George Cartwright, 33rd Battalion, originally from London, earns the Victoria Cross at Rood Wood near Peronne. Cartwright was born in South Kensington, London, on 9 December 1894 to William Edward Cartwright, a coach trimmer, and his wife Elizabeth (née Stracey). He attended the local school, before emigrating to Australia in 1912 at the age of eighteen without his family. Settling in New South Wales, Cartwright gained employment at a...

Battle of Mont St Quentin

31 AUG 1918: World War I and the Battle of Mont St Quentin begins. Mont St Quentin, overlooking the town of Péronne, was the scene of a famous Australian action under the leadership of Lieutenant General Sir John Monash. The depleted Australian divisions won an impressive victory against the German defenders, capturing some 2,600 prisoners. This battle is considered by many to have been the crowning achievement of the AIF in the First World War. The end of August found...

Charles Bean Dies

30 AUG 1968: Death of Captain Charles Edwin Woodrow (C E W) Bean. Charles Bean did more than any other individual to establish the Australian War Memorial. Australia's official war correspondent during the First World War, Bean wrote six volumes of the Official History of Australia in the war of 1914–1918 and edited the remaining volumes. Charles Bean is perhaps best remembered for the official histories of Australia in the First World War, of which he wrote six volumes...

Hugo Throssell, VC

30 AUG 1915: World War I and 2nd Lieutenant (later Captain) Hugo Vivian Hope Throssell, 10th Light Horse Regiment, originally from Northam, Western Australia, earns the Victoria Cross at Hill 60, Gallipoli. Hugo Throssell was born in Northam, Western Australia on 26 October 1884, the son of former Premier of Western Australia George Throssell. In 1914, he joined the 10th Light Horse Regiment, Australian Imperial Force. His brother, Frank Erick Cottrell Throssell, known as Ric, also served in the war...

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