My great uncle Willie, born in England,, joined the 8th Battalion AIF on 29th Aug 1914, his service number was 17. I have his digital service record but am now trying to trace any connections in Australia. I know when he came to Australia in 1913 he lived @ 49 Clarke Street Chilwell Geelong. He lived with William Henry Rogers and Mary Rogers at this address. William Rogers was a quarryman.
I know it is a long shot but I am hoping to find any traces of my uncle while he was in Geelong or any descendants of the Rogers family that may know of him.Any details about Geelong would be happily received
I would also like contacts with any other families of Anzacs that served in this battalion.
Willie died in the 3rd Ypres battle in Oct 1917, he had received the Military Cross and Bar and had also been recommended for the VC.
He left Australia on the Benalla on 19th Oct 1914.
Although his service record is extremely informative, I hanker to find out about life for him in Australia prior to him joining up.
I know that many letters and diaries do exist, I have found him mentioned on The Great War Forum,in a diary belonging to a serviceman called John Pitt, and just feel somewhere out there could be other information waiting to be found.
I am going the beginning of Oct this year to visit his grave in Ypres, the first family member to visit him.It will be 99 years and 4 days after he was killed when I get there.
If anyone has any advice or ideas please contact me.