I am researching the names on the First World War honour roll in Dowerin and I have men who served in both world wars: Thomas Richard Coxon N100073; Lesley Alexander McLachlan 39113; Ernest Reginald Trindall 7255. I need some help to access those records.

I also have: Thomas Bernard Kiely who has no digitised record and only 2 folios; Charles Werndly who has no digital copy and only 1 folio. Both of these records are held in Melbourne. Can I see them if I get there, and do I need to give notice to access the papers?

Finally the AIF.adfa site lists a Roy Riley 952, we have a n R Riley on our board, and he is the only one I can find, but he doesn't seem to have a record with National Archives, can you help me find him please?

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Comment by Debra on November 16, 2016 at 14:19

Thomas Richard Coxon N100073

Just put this whole reference into RecordSearch here:


His two records are amalgamated.  The lack of an 'X' in his WW2 service number means he enlisted for home service.

Lesley Alexander McLachlan 39113

Lesley is a girl's name, it is Leslie Alexander McLachlan 39113.

Put the name and number into RecordSearch, and the same for Ernest Reginald Trindall 7255

Information here on how to look at WW2 records in real life - scroll down to 'view an original record'...


Roy RILEY'S record is indexed under service number 652 instead of 952, it is just a mistake.

Comment by Diane Hatwell on November 16, 2016 at 15:31

Thanks Deb, finding my way around now a bit, that was a great help,


Comment by Elizabeth Allen on November 17, 2016 at 13:30

Diane,  Thomas KIELY is listed under Bernard Thomas KIELY on the Australian War Memorial Nominal Roll if that helps with further information on his service



Comment by Diane Hatwell on November 21, 2016 at 23:44

Thanks for that Elizabeth. Sadly he is not my man, born 1925 and my man is on the World War I honour roll. I am still curious if Incan see documents at the archives.  I suspect he enlisted and came home very quickly but would like to know why.

Comment by Elizabeth Allen on November 22, 2016 at 9:30

Diane  Do you have a service number for Thomas KIELY ?

not sure if this one would be him or not? - this fellow was Irish



Comment by Debra on November 22, 2016 at 11:34

The records for Thomas Bernard KIELY and Charles WERNDLY are applications to enlist.  They were likely both rejected for service, Charles certainly was, he is on the rejected list here:


Charles' two brothers, Arthur and Frederick Owen (known as Owen) were both KIA in WW1.  Their parents were Henry and Martha (nee LONGWORTH) and the children were born in SA and Vic.  Plenty on Trove about the family under both WERNDLY and WERNDLEY.

Thomas Bernard KIELY was probably the same man who married Beatrice OLIVE in Victoria in 1907 and deserted her soon after.  In 1907 he was aged 24 so this matches with the man who tried to enlist in 1916 aged 32.

It is possible that he applied to enlist again under an alias, otherwise I don't know why he would appear on your Roll of Honour.

Comment by Diane Hatwell on November 22, 2016 at 13:04

Thank you once again Debra, I have never seen that rejected list on Trove before, I will look out for it again. That all makes sense. Lots of men came west around 1900-1910 so it is entirely feasible T B Kiely was in Dowerin. Don't know about an alias, but the honour roll is interesting and a bit random.

Comment by Catherine Ryan on December 2, 2016 at 22:28

I am researching my Great Uncle  who joined the Australian Army shortly after arriving from Ireland in 1915. I have found his Service Record which crossreferences well enough for me to be sure that I have the right person. What I cannot find is what happened to him afterwards. I found a death record for 1920 on the NSW site that may be him but I would like to find out if he was discharged at the end of the war, if he received a pension or, possibly, if he died in service and the death record is not his. Could anyone point me in the right direction?  Thanks CM

Comment by Elizabeth Allen on December 3, 2016 at 7:32

Catherine,  If you know his parents names that would help - can you list his name & service number and someone may be able to assist


Comment by Jan James on January 26, 2017 at 16:04

Hi, I am a first time member and I am looking for any service personel, who were at Northam Army Camy from 1935 on. This includes (that I know of) 2/3rd & 2/4th Machine Gun Battalions, 2/7th, 2/24, 2/32, 2/11th, 2/16th, 2/28th & 24th Anti Tank Co.. All of the Militia Units in WA. were also there. I am doing the research for Honour Walls on the outside of re-constructed Army Huts on a piece of land which has been leased at the front of the old Northam Army Camp (now the Detenion Centre). Any names or Nominal Rolls & photos would be gratefully received. If you know of any other Battalions etc who trained here I would be glad of the information. My private email adress is janice.james2@bigpond.com 


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