October 2015 blog posts (4)

David Smith and Y3A Medium Trench Mortar Battery

In my research on the First World War names on the Dowerin War Memorial I have a David Smith who started in the 44th Battalion and went on to the Y3A Medium Trench Mortar Battery.  Unfortunately he has a record like so many men, "taken on strength" followed by "killed in action".  Most of them I can fill in with a bit of information about what was happening in the battalion at the time, but here I don't know much more than killed on 22 May 1917 and buried in Strand Military Cemetery in…


Added by Diane Hatwell on October 12, 2015 at 14:08 — 2 Comments

Mention in Despatches Medal

My father was awarded the War Medal 1939-1945 'Mentioned in Despatches' during service in WW11. Can  anyone advise if it's possible to find out any of the details leading to this recommendation. He was a Corporal in RAAF, serving in Signal/Wireless Units in the PNG area 1943-1946.  I would appreciate any help. Many Thanks

Added by Rosalie Thomas on October 9, 2015 at 14:13 — 10 Comments

Bonegilla April 1957


I was at Bonegilla in April 8th 1957. 

I came to Australia on a plane and the identification is MIFLY 15/106.

This plane arrived into Essendon airport on April 6, 1957.

Can anyone tell me if they arrived on this plane?  

Would you have any photos?

Can anyone help with photos of Bonegilla at that time?

I would love to hear from anyone in regard to the above.

Georgie    0418137846. 

Added by georgie deyell on October 5, 2015 at 12:46 — 3 Comments

Ellen May Eva Westbury

I'M looking for an Ellen May Eva Westbury

Her father was Albert Westbury and she had two brothers 

James Joseph Percival Westbury SX4089

Albert Clarence Westbury 3011

Mother - Ellen

She is listed on Joseph Olds WW1 enlistment as his wife and is buried in West Terrace Cemetry i think. Other than that i have nothing about her, any clues

Added by Graham Hicks on October 1, 2015 at 10:13 — 12 Comments

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