ANZAC day 2017 – Additional family military personnel

It’s ANZAC day again and time to catch up on the all the extended family members who served their country that I’ve found in the past year. Previous ANZAC days posts can be found here, here and here. Some of these men and women I have quite a bit of information on and others very little. If you know more about them, have photos or anything else I’d love to hear from you.

World War I

Ray Fearon Baird

He was the grandson of Janet Johnstone and John Baird.  Janet was the sister of John Joseph Johnstone, so on my father’s fathers side of the family.  He joined the Indian medical service and was in China from 1900, appointed a captain in 1901, in Tibet 1903-04 and appointed a major in 1908.  He was in Egypt from 1914, at Gallipoli in 1915, East Africa in 1916, appointed a Lt. Colonel in 1917 and was in Iraq the same year.  He was appointed a colonel in 1927 and retired in 1929.

Robert Stanley Barnicott

Robert is a link on the Baldwin side of the family through Maria Robert’s mothers family.  He was the son of Walter Nicholas Barnicott and Catherine Casbard.  Robert was a machine ruler when he joined up in 1916.  He served with the Royal Navy. The last ship he was on was the Daedelus.

Edward Ethelbert Nelson Bertram

Edward was also on Maria Robert’s side of the family.  He was the grandson of her sister Martha Elizabeth and joined up in Canada. He was married to Ethel Annie Beddoes and was a mining engineer.  He said he’d spent two years with the Australian lighthorse and three years with the BC (British Columbia) Horse. He was with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force.

Percy Victor Bertram

Percy was Edward’s younger brother. He said he was born in Melbourne, Australia but his birth (presumably it was him) was registered in Chesterton, Cambridgeshire. He was an electrician married to Edith Armfield. He said that he had served 18 months with the  Australian lighthorse and also served in the 31st BC Horse.  He was with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force.

Gifford Hoseason Cunnyngham Brown

Gifford was the son of Robert Cunnynham Browne and Arabella Hallyburton Johnstone, daughter of John Joseph Johnstone. He served in WWI in the O.T.C. infantry, April to September 1914 and a cadet in the 3rd Border Regiment (S.R.). He was a 2nd lieutenant with the Royal Artillery in August 1914.

Henry George Eyre

Henry was also a relative of Maria Roberts.  He was the grandson of the sister Mary.  He was a munitions worker when he enlisted in April 1917.  Before the first world war he was a master builder.  His parents were William James Eyre and Charlotte Seals. He was married to Florence Caroline Dowsett.  He was a signaller with HQ 84th Brigade with the British force.

John Frederick Fielder (Fiedler)

John was the son of Augustus John Fiedler and Selina Stothers. This was a double connection as his parents were first cousins.  They are both on the line of my father’s mothers family. He enlisted as Fielder, probably to make his name less German sounding, in the 46th Battalion.  At the time he was a metal worker. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion.

He was wounded in France in February 1917, sent back to England via a hospital ship then rejoined his unit in October 1917. He was a private for the duration of the war. He married Amelia Alice McKay in 1924. His father had also changed his name to Fielder.

Arthur Fillingham

Arthur was a gunner in the 1st Australian machine gun battalion. He was the son of Albert Gilbert Fillingham and Amelia Alenia Turner. Amelia was the niece of Leonora Turner wife of Samuel Kent and mother of Clara Leonora Kent who married Henry Baldwin.  Again on my father’s mothers side of the family. He embarked at Melbourne on RMS Orontes 16 August 1916 and then to France on the Princess Victoria from Folkstone on 1 February 1917.

Charles Victor Gabel

Charles married my grandmother’s eldest sister, Alexander Gertrude Sarah McKnight after he returned home invalided from WWI with rheumatism and aortic regurgitation. He enlisted in the Australian 12/4 lighthorse. Their marriage didn’t last long and he died in 1940.

Francis Edward Gabel

A brother to the above Charles, he joined the 8th lighthorse.  Their parents were Patrick John Gabel and Mary Ann Taylor. They lived at Foster.

John Stanley Gabel

Another brother to the above Gabel brothers.  John enlisted with the 4th lighthorse. He was transferred to the 1st division cyclist corp on 2 March 1916. He sent this photo of himself as a postcard to Gertie – the above who later married his younger brother.

Andrew William James Goold

Andrew was also in the cyclist corp – the 2nd reinforcements.  He was then transferred to the Australian corps signal company. He was the son of Andrew Goold and Ada Charlotte Beddoes and the grandson of Andrew Goold and Esther Reid.  Esther Reid was the sister of my three times great grandmother Mary Reid.

Malcolm Hewley Graham

Malcolm was the son of Hewley Smales Graham and Amelia Cox Johnstone, daughter of John Joseph Johnstone. He was studying to be a doctor at Cambridge when war broke out. He was a lieutenant in the 2nd battalion of  Alexandra, Princess of Wales own Yorkshire Regiment. He was killed in action at Givenchy in France on 15 June 1915, less than a year after he had enlisted. His colonel wrote ‘he was most gallantly leading his platoon, when he fell shot through the neck. Your son was a most excellent officer, very keen and hard working and he will be a great loss to the battn.’ He was a ‘fine athlete’, competing in athletics and rowing. He rowed at Henley. He is remembered at Le Touret Memorial, France.

Malcolm Hewley Graham
Malcolm Hewley Graham supplied by Paul Stevens, Repton School’s Librarian and Archivist

Henry Angelo Hallpike

He was on board the President II and on the Daedalus at the end of WWI with the Royal Navy. He was the son of Vincent Angelo Hallpike and Jamie Maria Dartnall.  Jamie was the daughter of Martha Roberts and niece of Maria Roberts whom she was partially named for.

Frank Hilton

Frank was the grandson of Robert Hilton and Ellen Collier.  Ellen was the sister of my three times great grandfather John. Frank was a signaller and crossed the channel over 200 times. Foreign ports he called at were Dunquerque and Calais from Ramsgate.

Albert Johnstone

He was in D company, 21st battalion.  He proceeded to Gallipoli on 13 November 1915, was admitted with influenza 15 November 1915 to Mudros, Anzac then to H.S. Maheno, then to the 15th general hospital Alexandria.  He was sent to Ras el Tin for convalescence then suffered heat stroke.  He was transferred to no. 1 AGH Heliopolis on 26 Jan 1916 then admitted to auxillary hosptial 1 Heliopolis with defective eyes on 1 February 1916, then to the auxillary hospital 2 Heliopolis with heat stroke 2 February 1916.  He was invalided to Australia on 9 March 1916 and returned to Australia on the Argyleshire on 13 March 1916. Albert was the son of Andrew Alexander Johnstone (son of John Joseph Johnstone) and Ann Hood. They were my great great grandparents on the Collier side.

Allan Murray Johnstone

He was a law clerk when he enlisted as a corporal with the New Zealand no. 2 field ambulance. He was the son of Robert Johnstone and Anastasia Gleeson, grandson of Andrew Johnstone, brother of John Joseph Johnstone. He was a farmer when he returned to New Zealand after WWI.  He died on 10 July 1943 aged 53.

Godfrey Gleeson Johnstone

He was a brother of the above Allan Murray but was not as lucky as his brother and didn’t survive WWI. He was a 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corp. He trained at Ruddy-Baumann School in Acton on a Caudron Biplane and was certified on 22 June 1917.  He was killed in action on 11 February 1918. He is remembered at Merville communal Cemetery, France. He was 23 years old.

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Godfrey Gleeson Johnstone
Caudron Biplane

Source, Fair use,

Robert Bryden Johnstone

Brother to Allan and Godfrey, Robert was initially in the Royal Field Artillery but also trained for the Royal Flying Corp. He qualified at the Military School, Stamford on 30 September 1918 as a lieutenant on a B. E. 2e Biplane. He survived the war, returning to New Zealand to his sheep farm. He never married and died there in 1983 aged 92.

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Robert Bryden Johnstone
B E 2e biplane
B.E. 2e Biplane


Edward Samuel Kent

Edward was the grandson of Samuel Kent and Leonora Turner, the son of Albert Samuel Kent and Lydia Price.  He was a plumber when he enlisted in the 12/2 Pioneers, then was transferred to the 48th battalion then the 32nd.  He was a stretcher bearer and was killed in action on 8 August 1818 at Proyart, France. He was memorialized at Villers-Bretonneux.

George Albert Kent

George was brother to the above Edward. He was a labourer when he enlisted in the 28th battalion. He also died in France on June 1, 1918 and was remembered at Franvillers Communal Cemetery in France.

George Darnely Priestley

Another grandson of Esther Reid, sister of Mary Reid who married Peter McFadden, he enlisted at the age of 21 in 1917. He was assigned to the 46th Battalion and despite many instances of awol did serve some time in France.

Arthur Robert Quail

Arthur was the grandson of Caroline Britnell – Caroline was the sister of my great great grandmother Emma, so for the cousins out there on the Collier side. Arthur enlisted in Geelong on 10 July 1915 as a private in the 7th reinforcements 21st battalion. He was a carpenter. He was promoted to temporary corporal and returned to Australia at the end of the war.

Norman Quail

Norman was the younger brother of the above Arthur. He had  been in the cadets in Geelong and was in the citizens army in Essendon at the time of his enlistment on 20 January 1916. He was made a gunner and then promoted to lieutenant.  Norman embarked on the Aeneas on 3 October 1916.  He went from the 119th How Bty, to the 4th DAC, then the 11th FAB then to France where he was gassed on 25 October 1917.  He was wounded again on 10 July 1918, rejoined his unit then wounded again.  He was discharged 26 July 1918.  He was awarded the Military Cross on 16 September 1918.for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  When his battery in close support of the infantry came under very severe fire at close range, ‘he showed cool courage whilst clearing the casualties and reorganizing the team.  His timely service was of great value to the battery’.

 Ernest Eric Ralston

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Ernest Eric Ralston – Interestingly this photo was taken in Kilmarnock near where his great grandparents had lived – he was probably visiting family

Ernest was born in Bairnsdale to Eric John Ralston and Eliza Baade.  Eric was the son of Alexander Ralston and Mary Scouller. Mary was the sister of my great great grandmother Margaret Scouller. For the cousins, this is on the Boyd, then McGillivray side of the family. Alexander and Mary were also first cousins. Ernest was a sleeper cutter when he enlisted in Liverpool, NSW on 6 January 1916. He had been in the Eden rifle club for twelve months. He was assigned to the 36th battalion. He proceeded overseas to France, was promoted to lance corporal and was detached for duty with the 2nd army signal school. He was then assigned to 33rd battalion and promoted to corporal. In June 1918 he was transferred to the 4th army signal school. On 18 June 1918 he was awarded the meritorious service medal. Then in August he was transferred to 20 CCS. He returned to Australia on the Zealandia in 1918.

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William James Ralston

Jim, as he was known, was the younger brother of the above but by the time he was 18 and enlisted in October 1918 the war was nearly over. He wasn’t assigned to any unit.

Ralston William James (Jim)

Florence Elizabeth Roberts

Florence was the daughter of Robert George Roberts and Elizabeth Atkinson. Robert was the sister of Maria Roberts. She was born in Northumberland in 1880. Florence was a nurse in WW1. In October 1916 she resigned for a few months to nurse her sick sister then was readmitted.  She spent time in Genoa, Italy.

Frank Atkinson Roberts

Brother to Florence, Frank was born near Whitby in Yorkshire and enlisted on 20 January 1915 in Edmonton, Canada. He was a clerk and was active in the militia, he’d been in the 19th A.D. for three months.

Arthur Wesley Roberts

Arthur was brother to the above Florence and Frank. He was born in 1893 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire and enlisted on 11 September 1914 in the 12th Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment. He had previously been in the Southern Rhodesia Volunteers while he was working there as secretary with Rhodesia Chrome Mines. He left there as he had contracted malaria. Arthur was promoted to sergeant in August 1916. He was deemed no longer fit for service in February 1917.

Robert George Roberts

Another brother of the above siblings. He was also in the 12th Yorkshire and Lancashire regiment and was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant. He served in Egypt.

Stanley Halford Roberts

One more brother to add to the above group of siblings. He was also a secretary when he enlisted. He was appointed a lance corporal. He was also in East Africa and was a driver.

Charles Kenneth Scarf

Charles was the son of Charles Scarf and Hilda Lucy Robins and was born in 1896 in Kingston, Surbiton, Surrey in England. He was the grandson of Elizabeth Johnstone, daughter of John Joseph Johnstone. He was a private in the 1/6th East Surrey Regiment, Royal Flying Corp. He died on 26 August 1916 and was buried in the Baghdad (North Gate) war cemetery, Iraq.

Adam Reuben Scouller

Adam was the son of John Scouller and Ellen Elizabeth Hart. His father was the sister of my great great grandmother Margaret Scouller. Adam enlisted in the 1st Australian remount unit in 1915. At the time he was a labourer.

Herbert Alfred Gardiner Turner

Herbert was the son of Herbert Gardiner Turner and Lizzie Gomm and the grand nephew of Leonora Turner and Samuel Kent. He joined the Army Service Corp in May 1916 in London. He was first assigned as a motor transport driver.

Edward Herbert Gardiner Turner

Edward was the younger brother of the above Herbert. He was a lance corporal in the 2nd regiment of the South Wales Borderers. He was killed in France on 3 April 1918. He was buried at the Oxford road cemetery at Ypres.

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Edward Herbert Gardiner Turner at Oxford road cemetery, Ypres

Alfred Nicholas Uren

Alfred was the father of Norman Uren who married Linda Sabina Bolger, granddaughter of Sabina Leonora Kent. Sabina was the sister of Clara Leonora Kent.  Alfred enlisted in Western Australia and was appointed a corporal with the miners unit then promoted to sergeant in the 3rd Australian Tunnel Company. He died of wounds on 11 August 1918 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Alfred was buried at Pernes British Cemetery, Pernes-en-Artois, France.

Alfred Ernest Zimmer

Alfred was the brother-in-law of Adeline Myra Johnstone who was the granddaughter of Andrew Alexander Johnstone and Annie Hood. When he enlisted in February 1916 he was employed in a wool store. He joined the 2nd reinforcements of the 58th battalion. He was in France and promoted to lance corporal in May 1917, then promoted to corporal in August 1917, then later that year was transferred to the 15th training battalion at Hurdcott. He rejoined the 58th battalion in March 1918 in France and was promoted to sergeant in September 1918. He returned to Australia on the Miltiadis in 1919.

Claude Zimmer

Claude was brother to the above Alfred and was a wood cutter when he enlisted in January 1916. He was in the 2nd reinforcement, 4th Pioneers. He was transferred to the 37th battalion in July 1917. He was returned to Australia in January 1918 as mentally unfit. Sadly he died in Heidelberg in 1923, aged twenty-nine.

Leo Vincent Zimmer

Leo was brother to the above two and husband of Adeline Myra Johnstone. He was a jockey when he enlisted on 6 June 1916 and was assigned to the 4th reinforcements 2nd cyclists. He was moved to the 5th battalion in 1917. He was wounded in action in France in August 1918 and invalided to England.

William James Zimmer

The fourth brother from this family, William enlisted July 1915 to the 29th battalion B company. He was a labourer. He was transferred to the 32nd battalion in France in October 1918. He returned to Australia in March 1919.

WWII – this is more of a list as I don’t have much information on their military service. If any relatives have their service records I’d love a copy or a photo of them.

Gifford Hoseason Cunyngham Brown

Gifford was the son of Robert Cunnynham Browne and Arabella Hallyburton Johnstone, daughter of John Joseph Johnstone. He served in WWI as listed above. In 1939 he was a major with the Royal Artillery. He died in hospital on 17 August 1944 in Edinburgh and was buried at Comely Bank cemetery there.

Robert Cheyne Johnstone Hoseason Cunynham Brown

Robert was the brother of the above Gifford and was born at Brampton, Cumberland in 1902. He was a barrister-at-law at the Middle Temple, London. In WWII he was serving with the 3rd (Negri Sembilan) Bn Federation of Malay states volunteer force.  He was buried at Kanchanaburi war cemetery in Thailand on 18 September 1943.

Robert Cheyne Hoseason Cunyngham Brown cemetery marker
Robert Cheyne Johnstone Hoseason Cunyngham Brown

Brown, John Sjovald Cunyngham Brown

Sjovald (as he was known) was the brother of the above Gifford and Robert.  He was in Malaya when the Japanese invaded.  Despite initially escaping he was caught and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp in Indonesia. Further information can be found about him at my previous blog on him.

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John Sjovald Cunnyngham Brown just before WWII

Keith Desmond Collier

Keith was the son of Harold James Collier and Jessie Victoria Longmore and the grand son of James Collier and Mary Ann Britnell – giving him a double connection within the family. He served in the RAAF.

Louis James Collier

Louis was the brother of the above Keith.  He was a lance corporal in the signal corps 4th Australian.

Lt. Col Norman Leopold Goble

He was the brother-in-law of the above mentioned Arthur Fillingham. He was in the 2/5th Australian Infantry Battalion. He enlisted as a private in 1925 in the 22nd battalion, promoted to sergeant in 1926, to lieutenant in 1927, to captain in 1935, quartermaster to the 2/5th battalion in 1939, enlisted in 2nd AIF at the end of 1939 and was in the Middle East from 1940. He was promoted to major in 1941 and arrived in Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka) in 1942, then briefly back to Australia then to New Guinea. He was mentioned in dispatches for ‘exceptional service in the field in New Guinea’. He received a gun shot wound to his arm in August 1943. By the end of 1943 he was temporary Lt. colonel, commanding officer of the 5th battalion. At the end of 1944 he was the commanding officer of the 47th Battalion. He was in Bougainville, then appointed chief instructor of 1 Australian Army Regiment Training School.

Bernard John Jackson

Bernard was the son of William John Jackson and Ruby Eveline May Fiedler.

Clyde Royal William Jackson

Clyde was the brother of the above Bernard. He enlisted in the AIF on 1 December 1943; he was a craftsman.

Donald James Jackson

Another brother of the above Bernard and Clyde.

Douglas Vernon Jackson

A fourth brother of the above three brothers.

David Alston Johnstone McClure

He was the great grandson of Andrew Johnstone, brother of John Joseph Johnstone. His parents were Adam Johnstone McClure and Emily Mary Josephine Baker.

‘P/O McClure flew 40 Hampden operations as 1st and 2nd pilot (19 & 21)……most of his 2nd pilot trips were with Sgt A W Hills’. (
His first operations were two submarine patrols at the end of February 1940 and his final operation was on the 19th September 1940. He was a Squadron Leader in the 83rd squadron and was awarded the DFC. He was killed in action on 12 March 1943 and was buried at the Reischwald Forest War Cemetery. He was 22 years old.

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David Alston Johnstone McClure

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John Norman Rock

John Norman Rock was the son of Arthur Paskin Rock and Sabina Elizabeth Kent. He was in the RAAF.

Arthur Cuthbert Turner

Arthur was the son of Cecil Samuel Turner and Minnie Swinburne. Cecil was the nephew of Leonora Turner.  He was a flying officer with the RAAF.

Walter Carlyle Turner

Walter was the brother of the above Arthur and was a flight lieutenant with the RAAF.

Earlier Military Service

John Bell

John was the three times great grandfather of my husband on his mother’s side of the family. He  joined the Dumfries fencibles cavalry on 9 Febuary 1795 and was with them until 12 August 1800.  They were raised by Colonel Michael Stuart Maxwell. Apparently they served in Ireland (more research needs to be done to verify this). He then joined the 23rd light dragoons on 13 August 1800 until 13 June 1802 when it was disbanded. On 14 July 1802 he joined the 6th dragoon guards until 14 June 1820. This was followed by about 15 months with the 7th regiment veterans battalion, then finally the 1st veterans battalion. He was discharged as worn out and given traveling money of five shillings for himself and three shillings and nine pence for his wife.  They traveled by train from Chatham, Kent to London then by sea to Leith in Scotland.  His total service was 30 years and 108 days.  He was a private throughout his service.

William Collier

William Collier was at Waterloo in 1815. He is a DNA match with my father’s family of Colliers.  He was a private in the 10th Royal regiment of Hussars,  Captain Grey’s Troop number 4. William married Ann Phillips in Oytsermouth, Wales and lived in the Mumbles near Swansea for the rest of his life.

John Joseph Johnstone

John Joseph Johnstone was the honorary assistant surgeon in the 4th Cumberland Rifle Volunteers in 1860.

5 thoughts on “ANZAC day 2017 – Additional family military personnel”

  1. Phew. That is a long list with some lovely photos. Bit worried about Percy Bertram. There isn’t a 31st Light Horse. He doesn’t seem to appear in the National Archives Collection.

    1. I agree about Percy. Both he and his brother said they’d previously served with the Australian Lighthorse but I haven’t been able to find them and as you say there isn’t a 31st. It’s what he put on his enlistment paper in Canada! Why, I wonder?
      Those listed are from my extended family.

      1. I have gone back over their attestation papers and realized I misread them. I’m going to edit the post above the one brother was in the 31st BC (British Columbia) Horse and the other in the 30th. They both said they had been with the Australian Light Horse so perhaps with the militia, pre WWI. I’m going to see if I can find them in the militia pay lists at PROV.


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