5th Reinforcements: Roll of Honour

22nd-battalionThe 5th Reinforcements of the 22nd Battalion sustained heavy casualties during their time in France and Belgium. In this section the forty-one men that fell and would never return to their families will be remembered on the centenary of their death.

Lest We Forget

DSC000222378 L-Cpl JD SCOTT

9th October 1917 – Poelcappelle

Buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery

26 year-old hardware assistant John Scott from Essendon enlisted into the AIF on the 12th July 1915 and sailed with the 5th/22nd on the RMS Osterley on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Scott along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916, before sailing on 19th March on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Scott served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector at Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 where Pte Scott, as part of ‘C’ Company occupying the front line trenches, endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July. This relief was short lived and on 4th August the 22nd Battalion commenced its passage through the heavily shelled trenches of Pozieres to the jumping off trench for an attack on the German trenches known as OG1 and OG2. ‘C’ Company successfully fought through to OG2 and began to dig in, in preparation for the counter-attack which came at dawn and successfully repelled. After a short tour in Belgium the Battalion returned to the Somme as the autumnal rains turned the trenches into a quagmire of mud. Here in the Flers and Ginchy Sector of the Somme the battalion remained through the bitterly cold months of January and February 1917 before pursuing the German Army in the vicinity of Warlencourt and Bapaume as they withdrew to the Hindenburg Line. On 3rd May 1917 the 22nd Battalion was tasked with attacking the heavily fortified German line at Bullecourt and sustained heavy casualties during the Second Battle of Bullecourt. Following the battle Pte Scott was promoted to Lance Corporal, and then he with the 22nd Battalion spent the summer of 1917 refitting and training for the forthcoming 3rd Ypres campaign in Belgium. L-Cpl Scott was a Lewis Gunner and it was during the Battalion’s flanking support on the Broodseinde Ridge of the Poelcappelle attack on the 9th October 1917 that L-Cpl Scott was killed in action by a shell. L-Cpl Scott is buried in the Tyne Cot Cemetery near to where he fell.

2500 L-Cpl CH PARRY

4th October 1917 – Broodseinde

Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres

21 year-old Labourer Claude Parry from North Richmond enlisted into the AIF on the 12th July 1915 and although initially assigned to the 10th Reinforcements, 6th Battalion, sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Parry along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916, before sailing on 19th March on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Parry served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector at Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 where Pte Parry, as part of ‘D’ Company occupying the front line trenches, endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July. This relief was short lived and on 4th August the 22nd Battalion commenced its passage through the heavily shelled trenches of Pozieres to the jumping off trench for an attack on the German trenches known as OG1 and OG2. ‘D’ Company successfully fought through to OG1 and began to dig in, in preparation for the counter-attack which came at dawn and successfully repelled. After a short tour in Belgium the Battalion returned to the Somme as the autumnal rains turned the trenches into a quagmire of mud. Here in the Flers and Ginchy Sector of the Somme the Battalion remained through the bitterly cold months of January and February 1917 before pursuing the German Army in the vicinity of Warlencourt and Bapaume as they withdrew to the Hindenburg Line. On 3rd May 1917 the 22nd Battalion was tasked with attacking the heavily fortified German line at Bullecourt and sustained heavy casualties during this the Second Battle of Bullecourt. Following the battle Pte Parry, by this stage one of the few men remaining in the 5th/22nd not to have been wounded or sick, was promoted to Lance Corporal, and then he and the 22nd Battalion spent the summer of 1917 refitting and training for the forthcoming 3rd Ypres campaign in Belgium. L-Cpl Parry was one of the Battalion Scouts and on several occasions did conspicuous work in that capacity. It was during the Battalion’s advance at Broodseinde on the 4th October 1917 that L-Cpl Parry’s luck ran out and was shot and killed in action. L-Cpl Parry, well liked throughout his company and generally a ‘Good Sport’, was never found and is thus commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

2371 Pte E SYMONS

4th October 1917 – Broodseinde

Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres

26 year-old farmer Emanuel Symons from Mildura enlisted into the AIF on the 15th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Symons along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916, before sailing on 19th March on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Symons served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector at Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 where Pte Symons, as part of ‘D’ Company occupying the front line trenches, endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July. This relief was short lived and on 4th August the 22nd Battalion commenced its passage through the heavily shelled trenches of Pozieres to the jumping off trench for an attack on the German trenches known as OG1 and OG2. ‘D’ Company successfully fought through to OG1 and began to dig in, in preparation for the counter-attack during which Pte Symons was wounded in action with gunshot wounds to the shoulder and back. After being admitted to the 11th General Hospital, Camiers he was transferred to England and the 5th Northern General Hospital, Leicester. In early October he was discharged to the AIF Depots before re-joining the 22nd Battalion on 9th January 1917 in the Ginchy Sector of the Somme. Here the Battalion remained through the bitterly cold months of January and February 1917 before pursuing the German Army in the vicinity of Warlencourt and Bapaume as they withdrew to the Hindenburg Line. On 3rd May 1917 the 22nd Battalion was tasked with attacking the heavily fortified German line at Bullecourt and sustained heavy casualties during this the Second Battle of Bullecourt. Following the battle the 22nd Battalion spent the summer of 1917 refitting and training for the forthcoming 3rd Ypres campaign in Belgium. It was during the Battalion’s attack at Broodseinde on the 4th October 1917 that Pte Symons was killed in action. Pte Symons was never found and is thus commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

Capt DG EVANS, MC (with 8th Battalion)

20th September 1917 – Menin Road

Buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

27 year-old pastoralist David Evans from Wangaratta enlisted into the AIF on the 8th February 1915 and sailed for Egypt on the RMS Osterley on 29th September 1915 as the senior officer of the 5th/22nd. While training in the desert 2nd Lieut. Evans was admitted to hospital with mumps and upon discharge was transferred and Taken on Strength to the 8th Battalion as part of the AIF restructuring that took place as the AIF prepared to join the BEF in France, sailing on the ‘Megantic’ on the 26th March 1916. 2nd Lieut. Evans served with the 8th Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector at Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. During the AIF 1st Division attack at Pozieres 2nd Lieut. Evans was wounded by a shell, but remained at duty and as a platoon commander of D Company led the successful capture of their objectives under heavy machine gun fire for which he was Mentioned in Dispatches and promoted to Lieutenant. After a short tour in Belgium – where he was again Mentioned in Dispatches for leading a successful raiding party – and attendance at training school, Lieut. Evans returned to the Somme in the Flers and Ginchy Sector of the Somme where the 8th Battalion remained through the bitterly cold months of January and February 1917 before pursuing the German Army in the vicinity of Warlencourt and Bapaume as they withdrew to the Hindenburg Line. On 24th April 1917 he was promoted to Captain and took command of the 8th Battalion’s A Company. On 8th May 1917 the 8th Battalion took over the recently captured OG2 line at Bullecourt and where Capt. Evans was awarded the Military Cross for his conduct during one of the fiercest hand to hand bombing exchanges of the war. Following the battle the 8th Battalion spent the summer of 1917 refitting and training for the forthcoming 3rd Ypres campaign in Belgium. It was during the attack at the Menin Road on 20th September 1917 that Capt. Evans was wounded by a Evans - P06566.001.JPGshell but later died of his wounds at the 10th Casualty Clearing Station, and is buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Three weeks later, Capt.Evans brother 2399 Pte Francis Evans of the 51st Battalion, would also be killed in action in the attack towards Passchendaele. Capt. Evans was and extremely popular man and leader as summed up in a letter from Capt. Hurrey – “Gerry was a grand man… I cannot speak highly enough of Gerry’s courage and behaviour…. The test of a man is to know what the men think of him and Gerry was, to use the boy’s own phrase betokening the hall-mark ‘A Dinkum Bloke.’ Believe me, that is the highest tribute a man can be paid.” Read more on Capt. Evans in the Family Stories section.

WP_20160523_006.jpg2359 Pte TD REYNOLDS

3rd May 1917 – Bullecourt

Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

25 year-old Storeman Thomas Reynolds from Hotham Hill enlisted into the AIF on the 12th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Reynolds along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916, before sailing on 19th March 1916 on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Reynolds served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Reynolds as part of C Company, occupying the front line trenches. Here the Battalion endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July and during which time Pte Reynolds was evacuated with shell shock, but re-joined the Battalion shortly afterwards on 12th August. In October Pte Reynolds was admitted to hospital first with scabies then Pyrexia for which he was transferred to hospital in England. Pte Reynolds re-joined the 22nd Battalion on 20th January 1917 in the Ginchy Sector, just as the winter frosts bit hard and before pursuing the German Army in the vicinity of Warlencourt and Bapaume as they withdrew to the Hindenburg Line. The 22nd Battalion was tasked with attacking the heavily fortified German line at Bullecourt and it was here that Pte Reynolds was sadly killed in action on 3rd May 1917. Pte Reynolds was never found and is thus commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

wp_20160523_0052410 Pte PN SCOTT

3rd May 1917 – Bullecourt

Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

23 year-old Boilermaker Percy Scott from Footscray enlisted into the AIF on the 9th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Scott along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916, but stayed with Divisional Base Duties in Egypt before sailing on 2nd August 1916 on the HMT ‘Franconia’ to France. Shortly afterwards Pte Scott went Absent Without Leave and by the end of August went sick with pneumonia and was transferred to hospital in England. Pte Scott re-joined the 22nd Battalion on 9th December 1916 in the notoriously muddy Flers Sector, and remained there just as the winter frosts bit hard until pursuing the German Army in the vicinity of Warlencourt and Bapaume, as they withdrew to the Hindenburg Line towards the end of February 1917. The 22nd Battalion was tasked with attacking the heavily fortified German line at Bullecourt and it was here that Pte Scott was sadly killed in action on 3rd May 1917. Pte Scott was never found and is thus commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

WP_20160523_003.jpg2425 L-CPL TA TRIGG

3rd May 1917 – Bullecourt

Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

29 year-old Labourer Thomas Trigg from Northcote enlisted into the AIF on the 12th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Trigg along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916, before sailing on 19th March 1916 on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Trigg served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 where Pte Trigg, as part of D Company occupying the front line trenches, endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July. This relief was short lived and on 4th August the 22nd Battalion commenced its passage through the heavily shelled trenches of Pozieres to the jumping off trench for an attack on the German trenches known as OG1 and OG2. D Company successfully fought through to OG1 and began to dig in, in preparation for the counter-attack which came at dawn and successfully repelled. After a short tour in Belgium the Battalion returned to the Somme as the autumnal rains turned the trenches into a quagmire of mud. Like many at the time Pte Trigg contracted Trench Feet and on 12th November 1916 was transferred to hospital in Rouen before returning to the Battalion just before the end of the year. Here in the Ginchy Sector of the Somme the Battalion remained through the bitterly cold months of January and February 1917. On the 17th February 1917 Pte Trigg was appointed Lance Corporal, shortly before pursuing the German Army in the vicinity of Warlencourt and Bapaume as they withdrew to the Hindenburg Line. The 22nd Battalion was tasked with attacking the heavily fortified German line at Bullecourt and it was here that Pte Trigg was sadly killed in action on 3rd May 1917. Pte Trigg was never found and is thus commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

WP_20160523_003.jpg2440 L-Cpl N TEICHELMANN

3rd May 1917 – Bullecourt

Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

22 year-old Printer Neville Teichelmann from Abbotsford enlisted into the AIF on the 13th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Teichelmann along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916, before sailing on 19th March 1916 on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Teichelmann served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Teichelmann, as part of a Lewis Gun section in D Company, occupying the front line trenches. Here the Battalion endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns and Pte Teichelmann was evacuated with shell shock, but re-joined the Battalion shortly afterwards on 11th August. After a short tour in Belgium the Battalion returned to the Somme as the autumnal rains turned the trenches into a quagmire of mud. Here the Battalion remained in the Ginchy Sector of the Somme through the bitterly cold months of January and February 1917 and where Pte Teichelmann went Absent Without Leave for four days in the weeks leading up to Christmas. On the 17th February 1917 Pte Teichelmann was appointed Lance Corporal, shortly before pursuing the German Army in the vicinity of Warlencourt and Bapaume as they withdrew to the Hindenburg Line. The 22nd Battalion was tasked with attacking the heavily fortified German line at Bullecourt and it was here that Pte Teichelmann was sadly killed in action on 3rd May 1917. Pte Teichelmann was never found and is thus commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

wp_20160523_0052474 Pte CN MARTIN

3rd May 1917 – Bullecourt

Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

19 year-old Carpenter Claude Martin from West Melbourne enlisted into the AIF on the 7th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. In December Pte Martin was admitted to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Luna Park, with diarrhoea where he was treated for three weeks before being discharged to Base Duties on 29th December. While training in the desert Pte Martin along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916, before sailing on 19th March 1916 on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Martin served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier where he was charged with being Absent Without Leave and Drunkenness on two occasions which earned him a total of 40 days Field Punishment Number 2. Before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive Pte Martin spent two weeks in hospital for treatment of skin conditions. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Martin, as part of D Company, occupying the front line trenches. Here the Battalion endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns and Pte Martin was wounded in action with gunshot wounds to the arm and ankle. On 1st September Pte Martin embarked at Calais
for treatment in England and spent six weeks in hospital in Epsom before being discharged to furlough. During his time at the Perham Down Camp preparing for his return to France, Pte Martin 2474.JPGMartin went Absent Without Leave on two occasions before returning to the Battalion, now back on the Somme in the Ginchy Sector, on 18th December. Here the Battalion remained through the bitterly cold months of January and February 1917 before pursuing the German Army in the vicinity of Warlencourt and Bapaume as they withdrew to the Hindenburg Line. The 22nd Battalion was tasked with attacking the heavily fortified German line at Bullecourt and it was here that Pte Martin was sadly killed in action on 3rd May 1917. Pte Martin was never found and is thus commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

2017-05-14 10.01.12.jpg2391 Cpl JW SIDDELL

16th March 1917 – Bapaume

Buried at Warlencourt British Cemetery

22 year-old driver John Siddell from South Northcote enlisted into the AIF on the 10th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Siddell along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916, and shortly after appointed Lance Corporal on 22nd February. On 19th March 1916 L-Cpl Siddell sailed on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. L-Cpl Siddell served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with L-Cpl Siddell, as part of D Company, occupying the front line trenches. Here the Battalion endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July and it was during this period that L-Cpl Siddell was evacuated to England with shell shock. L-Cpl Siddell spent time at hospitals and convalescent camps in Kent and Sussex before being discharged for return to duty, re-joining the 22nd Battalion on 18th December. On 1st March 1917 L-Cpl Siddell was promoted to Corporal during the time the Battalion as part of I Anzac Corps was pursuing the Germans to the Hindenburg Line, and it was outside of Warlencourt that Cpl Siddell was killed in action on 16th March 1917. Cpl Siddell is buried at the nearby Warlencourt British Cemetery.

2333 Pte WR GIBSON (with 2nd Pioneers)

5th January 1917 – Flers

Buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval

37 year-old labourer William Gibson from Richmond enlisted into the AIF on the 12th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Gibson along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916 before being transferred to the newly formed 2nd Pioneer Battalion on 12th March 1916. On 19th March 1916 Pte Gibson sailed on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Gibson served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier, and as the Battalion began its move south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive, Pte Gibson was on the 14th July 1916, including Ptes Sloss, Saunders and Spicer of the 5th/22nd transferred to the newly formed 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company. The 2nd ATC was at this stage responsible for the tunnelling in the Neuville-Saint Vass/Vimy area in Gibson,William Robert 2333.JPGNorthern France. On the 30th September 1916 Pte Gibson was transferred (along with Sloss and Spicer) to the 2nd Pioneer Battalion responsible for the construction of field fortifications including trenches and dugouts, military camps, bridges and roads. The 2nd Pioneers returned to the Somme with the AIF 2nd Division at the end of October and began the difficult task of digging new front line and communication trenches in the atrocious muddy conditions of the Flers Sector, all the time under the threat of being observed and shelled. Pte Gibson was killed in action on 5th January 1917 and was buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval.

2356 L-Cpl AA QUINN

16th November 1916 – Flers

Buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericout-L’Abbe

18 year-old labourer Arthur Quinn from Richmond enlisted into the AIF on the 12th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Quinn along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916. On 19th March 1916 Pte Quinn sailed on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Quinn served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Quinn, as part of C Company, occupying the front line trenches. Here the Battalion endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July. This relief was short lived and on 4th August the 22nd Battalion commenced its passage through the heavily shelled trenches of Pozieres to the jumping off trench for an attack on the German trenches known as OG1 and OG2. C Company successfully pushed through to OG2 and began to dig in, in preparation for the counter-attack which came at dawn and was repelled. After the heavy fighting and losses at Pozieres, Pte Quinn was promoted to L-Cpl. The 22nd Battalion moved to Belgium and the quiet Ypres Sector in mid-September before heading south again to the Somme, beginning front line duty in the mud filled trenches of the Flers Sector on 2nd November. It was here that L-Cpl Quinn was wounded in action by a shell on the 15th November causing a compound fracture to his right thigh, and sadly died of his wounds a day later at the 36th Casualty Clearing Station, Heilly. L-Cpl Quinn is buried at the nearby Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericout-L’Abbe.

2490 Pte ESG MYERS (with 2nd Pioneers)

16th November 1916 – Flers

Buried at Dartmoor Cemetery Becordal-Becourt

24 year-old labourer Ernest Myers from Dromana enlisted into the AIF on the 13th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Myers along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916 before being transferred to the newly formed 2nd Pioneer Battalion on 11th March 1916. On 19th March 1916 Pte Myers sailed on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. The Pioneer Battalions were responsible for the construction of field fortifications including trenches and dugouts, military camps, bridges and roads, and supporting the AIF 2nd Division Pte Myers served in the ‘nursery sector’ at Bois Grenier before heading south and enduring the horrific bombardments at Pozieres on the Somme. Recovering from the Somme Pte Myers
and the Battalion moved north to the quieter Ypres Sector and then at the end of October headed south again and began the difficult task of digging new front line and communication trenches in the atrocious muddy Myers, Ernest Samuel Gordon, 2490.JPGconditions of the Flers Sector, all the time under the threat of being observed and shelled. It was during the digging of a communication trench during an attack by the 5th & 7th Brigades at The Maze on the 14th November 1916 that Pte Myers was wounded in action with a shell wound to the chest, and he sadly died of his wounds two days later at the 1st Anzac Medical Dressing Station. Pte Myers served with his younger brother Robert, who survived the war, both in the 22nd and then the 2nd Pioneers. Pte Myers was buried at the nearby Dartmoor Cemetery at Becordel-Becourt.

2017-05-14 17.42.45.jpg2392 Pte HS SLOSS (with 2nd Pioneers)

14th November 1916 – Flers

Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

38 year-old labourer Harry Sloss from Port Melbourne enlisted into the AIF on the 16th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Sloss along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916. On 19th March 1916 Pte Sloss sailed on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Sloss served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier, and as the Battalion began its move south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive, Pte Sloss was on the 14th July 1916, including Ptes Gibson, Saunders and Spicer of the 5th/22nd transferred to the newly formed 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company. The 2nd ATC was at this stage responsible for the tunnelling in the Neuville-Saint Vass/Vimy area in Northern France. On the 30th September 1916 Pte Sloss was transferred (along with Gibson and Spicer) to the 2nd Pioneer Battalion responsible for the construction of field fortifications including trenches and dugouts, military camps, bridges and roads. The 2nd Pioneers returned to the Somme with the AIF 2nd Division at the end of October and began the difficult task of digging new front line and communication trenches in the atrocious muddy conditions of the Flers Sector, all the time under the threat of being observed and shelled. It was during the digging of a communication trench during an attack by the 5th & 7th Brigades at The Maze on the 14th November 1916 that Pte Sloss was killed in action. Pte Sloss was never found and is thus commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. 

WP_20160606_017.jpg2459 Pte AE BISHOP

12th November 1916 – Flers

Buried at A.I.F Burial Ground, Flers

29 year-old furniture salesman Albert Bishop from Parkville enlisted into the AIF on the 8th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Bishop along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916. On 19th March 1916 Pte Bishop sailed on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Bishop served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Bishop, as part of D Company, occupying the front line trenches. The Battalion endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns and it was here that Pte Bishop was wounded in the shoulder by a shell and evacuated to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, Puchevillers before being transferred to No.6 Convalescent Camp Etaples. Pte Bishop was discharged from Etaples and re-joined the Battalion on 28th August 1916 as it was being withdrawn from the Somme for a period of rest and reorganisation. The 22nd Battalion then moved to Belgium and the quiet Ypres Sector in mid-September before heading south again to the Somme, beginning front line duty in the mud filled trenches of the Flers Sector on 2nd November. It was here that Pte Bishop was killed in action on 12th November 1916, and was buried in the nearby AIF Burial Ground.

2016-07-22 17.11.50.jpg2368 Pte JL SIMKIN

15th August 1916 – Pozieres

Buried at the Puchevillers British Cemetery

26 year-old driver James Simkin from Kew enlisted into the AIF on the 12th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Simkin along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916. While in the Canal Zone Pte Simkin was charged with Conduct to the Prejudice of Good Military Order for leaving ranks without permission at Ferry Post for which he was awarded 48 hours Field Punishment Number 2. On 19th March 1916 Pte Simkin sailed on the Llandovery Castle as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Simkin served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Simkin, as part of C Company, occupying the front line trenches. Here the Battalion endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July. During the fighting of 27th July – 4th August Pte Simkin was Mentioned in Dispatches ‘for distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty during the hard fighting around Pozieres’. The relief was short lived and on 4th August the 22nd Battalion commenced its passage through the heavily shelled trenches of Pozieres to the jumping off trench for an attack on the German trenches known as OG1 and OG2. C Company successfully pushed through to OG2 and began to dig in, in preparation for the counter-attack which came at dawn. It was during the fighting on 4th August 1916 that Pte Simkin was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was taken to the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station at Puchevillers but sadly died eleven days later of his wounds and was buried at the nearby Puchevillers British Cemetery. Pte Simkin had a younger brother alongside him in the 5th/22nd, 2369 Pte E Simkin, who despite also being wounded at Pozieres survived the war.

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9th August 1916 – Pozieres

Buried at the Puchevillers British Cemetery

19 year-old file cleaner Cyril Schwab from Camberwell enlisted into the AIF on the 9th July 1915. Pte Schwab sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Schwab along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916. Pte Schwab was admitted to hospital in the Canal Zone with influenza in February, returning to the Battalion in early March before sailing on the Llandovery Castle on 19th March as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Schwab served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Schwab, as part of C Company, occupying the front line trenches. Here the Battalion endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July. This relief was short lived Schwab, Cyril Henry 2388.JPGand on 4th August the 22nd Battalion commenced its passage through the heavily shelled trenches of Pozieres to the jumping off trench for an attack on the German trenches known as OG1 and OG2. C Company successfully pushed through to OG2 and began to dig in, in preparation for the counter-attack which came at dawn. It was during the fighting on 5th August 1916 that Pte Schwab was wounded in action with gunshot wounds to the head and legs. He was taken to the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station at Puchevillers but sadly died four days later of his wounds and was buried at the nearby Puchevillers British Cemetery. Pte Schwab had an elder brother that survived the war, 1612 Pte E Schwab, MM, of the 5th Battalion.

WP_20160523_006.jpg2355 Pte JF QUINN

5th August 1916 – Pozieres

Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial

Born in Jerilderie, NSW, 45 year-old married wharf labourer John Quinn from North Fitzroy enlisted into the AIF on the 12th July 1915. Pte Quinn sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Quinn along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916, before sailing on the Llandovery Castle on 19th March as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Quinn served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Quinn, as part of C Company, occupying the front line trenches. Here the Battalion endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July. This relief was short lived and on 4th August the 22nd Battalion commenced its passage through the heavily shelled trenches of Pozieres to the jumping off trench for an attack on the German trenches known as OG1 and OG2. C Company successfully pushed through to OG2 and began to dig in, in preparation for the counter-attack which came at dawn. It was during the fighting on 5th August 1916 that Pte Quinn was reported missing in action. The Court of Inquiry of 26th November 1917 concluded that Pte Quinn was killed in action and is thus commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

wp_20160523_0052411 Pte LJ SELLWOOD

5th August 1916 – Pozieres

Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

22 year-old labourer Leslie Sellwood from Prahran enlisted into the AIF on the 10th July 1915. Pte Sellwood sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in the desert Pte Sellwood along with the rest of the 5th/22nd was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916, before sailing on the Llandovery Castle on 19th March as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Sellwood served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Sellwood, as part of C Company, occupying the front line trenches. Here the Battalion endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July. This relief was short lived and on 4th August the 22nd Battalion commenced its passage through the heavily shelled trenches of Pozieres to the jumping off trench for an attack on the German trenches known Sellwood - H06356.JPGas OG1 and OG2. C Company successfully pushed through to OG2 and began to dig in, in preparation for the counter-attack which came at dawn. It was during the fighting on 5th August 1916 that Pte Sellwood was killed in action. According to the statement of Capt M Sutherland, 22nd Battalion Adjutant, ‘This man was killed by shell-fire on 5/8/16 between ‘Gibraltar’ and the Cemetery. His body was placed on the parapet, but so far as is known no proper burial took place’. Pte Sellwood was never found and is thus commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

wp_20160523_0052415  Pte AM SHAW

5th August 1916 – Pozieres

Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

Born in Yarraville 26 year-old bus conductor Alic Shaw from Burnley enlisted into the AIF on the 14th July 1915 and from early on was in trouble with the military authorities. Along with four of his colleagues from the 5th/22nd, Pte Shaw missed the sailing of the RMS Osterley from Fremantle and had to sail a week later on the Themosticles for Egypt. Pte Shaw was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion with the rest of the 5th/22nd on the 8th January 1916, before sailing on the Llandovery Castle on 19th March as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Shaw served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier where twice he was awarded Field Punishment Number 2 for going Absent without Leave and for Marching off Parade. After transferring south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive, the 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Shaw, as part of C Company, occupying the front line trenches. Here the Battalion endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July. This relief was short lived and on 4th August the 22nd Battalion commenced its passage through the heavily shelled trenches of Pozieres to the jumping off trench for an attack on the German trenches known as OG1 and OG2. C Company successfully pushed through to OG2 and began to dig in, in preparation for the counter-attack which came at dawn. It was during the fighting on 5th August 1916 that Pte Shaw, part of a bombing party, was first reported missing in action, with the Court of Inquiry of 26th November 1917 concluding that he was killed in action. Pte Shaw was never found and is thus commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. Statement from 2348 Cpl McLeod ‘I dug him out the first time he was hit by a shell and buried. I removed him with the aid of another man to a short distance and we left him there in order to get a stretcher to bring him in. No sooner had we turned our backs then a second shell came over and killed him instantly.’

WP_20160606_001.jpg2433 Pte LJ TAYLOR

5th August 1916 – Pozieres

Buried at Serre Road Cemetery No.2

20 year-old paper ruler Leslie Taylor from Middle Park enlisted into the AIF on the 12th July 1915 and sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. Along with the rest of the 5th/22nd Pte Taylor was Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on the 8th January 1916, but in February was admitted to Brighton Beach hospital with influenza. A month after being discharged from hospital Pte Taylor sailed on the Llandovery Castle on 19th March as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Taylor served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Taylor, as part of D Company, occupying the front line trenches. Here the Battalion endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July. This relief was short lived and on 4th August the 22nd Battalion commenced its passage through the heavily shelled trenches of Pozieres to the jumping off trench for an attack on the German trenches known as OG1 and OG2. D Company successfully fought through to OG1 and began to dig in, in preparation for the counter-attack which came at dawn. It was during the fighting on 5th August 1916 that Pte Taylor, attached to the Machine Gun Company was killed in action and later buried at Serre Road Cemetery No.2. 861 L-Cpl GB Muir later wrote home ‘I think mother asked me something of Les Taylor. Well as far as I know he was killed at Pozieres on 5th Aug, being hit on the head by a piece of shell which penetrated his brain. He was one of the best mates I had since I came to France.’

WP_20160523_003.jpg2435 Pte G TURNER (HAHN)

5th August 1916 – Pozieres

Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial

19 year-old tinsmith Louis Gilbert Hahn from South Melbourne gave his name and served as Gilbert Turner when he enlisted into the AIF on the 10th July 1915. Pte Turner sailed on the RMS Osterley with the 5th/22nd on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. Within days of his arrival in Egypt Pte Turner was admitted to Luna Hospital with diarrhoea where he would have become acquainted with the horrors of war seeing many wounded from Gallipoli. Pte Turner was discharged from hospital and continued training, being Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion with the rest of the 5th/22nd on the 8th January 1916, before sailing on the Llandovery Castle on 19th March as the AIF joined the BEF in France. Pte Turner served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Turner, as part of C Company, occupying the front line trenches. Here the Battalion endured a terrific bombardment from the German guns until they were relieved on 30th July. This relief was short lived and on 4th August the 22nd Battalion commenced its passage through the heavily shelled trenches of Pozieres to the jumping off trench for an attack on the German trenches known as OG1 and OG2. C Company successfully pushed through to OG2 and began to dig in, in preparation for the counter-attack which came at dawn. It was during the fighting on 5th August 1916 that Pte Turner was at first reported wounded then missing in action. The Court of Inquiry of 11th August 1917 concluded that Pte Turner was killed in action and is thus commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. Pte Turner had a brother 2911 Pte RW Williams that served with the 2nd Battalion.

2016-07-22 17.08.50.jpg2445 Pte A WELLS

30th July 1916 – Pozieres

Buried at Puchevillers British Cemetery

Born in Cunnamulla, Queensland, 21 year-old farmer Arthur Wells from Healseville enlisted into the AIF on 16th July 1915 and sailed with the 5th/22nd on the RMS Osterley on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While training in Egypt Pte Wells was admitted with mumps to hospital at Moascar in the Canal Zone, re-joining the 22nd Battalion just four days before they set sail on the Llandovery Castle on the 19th March 1916 to join the BEF in France. Pte Wells served with the 22nd Battalion in the nursery sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Wells 2445.jpgWells, as part of D Company, occupying the front line trenches. During the night of 28th/29th July, D Company under Major Mackay supported the attack by the 7th Brigade and they reached the German wire in front of OG1 before having to withdraw. Pte Wells was wounded in action and admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station at Puchevillers on 28th July with a gunshot wound to the head, and where he sadly died of his wounds two days later. Pte Wells was buried in the nearby Puchevillers British Cemetery, officiated by the Reverand WM Woodburn.

WP_20160523_006.jpg2507 Pte WE WARDLE

27th July – 4th August 1916 – Pozieres

Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial

Born at Carisbrook 24 year-old coal-wheeler William Wardle from Wonthaggi enlisted into the AIF on 20th July 1915 and sailed with the 5th/22nd on the RMS Osterley on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. After a period of training and being Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on 8th January 1916 Pte Wardle set sail on the Llandovery Castle on the 19th March 1916 to join the BEF in France. Pte Wardle served with the 22nd Battalion in the nursery sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Wardle, as part of D Company, occupying the front line trenches. During the night of 28th/29th July, D Company under Major Mackay supported the attack by the 7th Brigade and they reached the German wire in front of OG1 before having to withdraw. Pte Wardle was acting as a runner carrying messages between the front-line and battalion HQ and it was while delivering a message that Pte Wardle was hit by a shell and killed in action. Pte Wardle was never found thus is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

WP_20160523_016.jpg2488 Pte GE ROBBINS, MM

27th July – 4th August 1916 – Pozieres

Buried at the Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle

20 year-old iron-moulder Garnet Robbins from Mooroopna enlisted into the AIF on 20th July 1915 and sailed with the 5th/22nd on the RMS Osterley on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. After a period of training and being Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on 8th January 1916, Pte Robbins set sail from Alexandria on the Llandovery Castle on the 19th March 1916 to join the BEF in France. Pte Robbins served with the 22nd Battalion in the nursery sector of Bois Grenier and as part of the 6th Brigade took part on the night of 29th June in the largest raid by the AIF in this sector, and for which he was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry cutting the enemy wire while under fire and for helping to bring back the wounded as a stretcher-bearer under a barrage of shrapnel fire. On 7th July 1916 I Anzac Corps and the 22nd Battalion began to move south for the great Somme offensive, and during the relocation Pte Robbins went Absent without Leave from parade and was awarded 72 hours Field Punishment Number 2. In the early hours of 27th July 1916 the 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres and as part of C Company Pte Robbins occupied the front line trench. Sometime between 27th July and 4th August 1916 Pte Robbins was killed in action and was buried at the Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle. Pte Robbins enlisted in the 5th/22nd with his elder brother Charles who was promoted through the ranks to 2nd Lieutenant. Sadly 2nd Lieut. Robbins was also killed in action on 9th March 1918 at Ploegsteert in Belgium.

WP_20160523_006.jpg2358 Pte JT ROWAN

27th July – 4th August 1916 – Pozieres

Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial

35 year-old driver and married man John Rowan from Carlton enlisted into the AIF on 9th July 1915 but unlike his training colleagues of the 5th/22nd missed the sailing of the RMS Osterley from Fremantle on 5th October 1915, sailing a week later on the Themistocles for Egypt. After a period of training and being Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on 8th January 1916, Pte Rowan had a short stay in hospital with a nose injury before he later set sail from Alexandria on the Scotian on 9th May 1916 to join the BEF in France. Pte Rowan re-joined and served with the 22nd Battalion in the nursery sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. While the Battalion was on the move Pte Rowan was charged with drunkenness and breaking from the ranks and awarded 28 days Field Punishment Number 2. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 and sometime between 27th July and 4th August 1916 Pte Rowan was killed in action. Pte Rowan was never found thus is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

2017-05-13 14.42.24.jpg2344 Pte EH MIDDLETON

27th July – 4th August 1916 – Pozieres

Buried at Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle

Born in North Fitzroy, Ellis Middleton the 31 year-old brass-finisher from Moonee Ponds working with South Melbourne firm John Danks, enlisted into the AIF on 10th July 1915 and sailed with the 5th/22nd on the RMS Osterley on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. After a period of training and being Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on 8th January 1916, Pte Middleton set sail from Alexandria on the Llandovery Castle on the 19th March 1916 to join the BEF in France. Pte Middleton served with the 22nd Battalion in the nursery sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 and sometime between 27th July and 4th August 1916 Pte Middleton was killed in action. Pte Middleton was buried at the Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La-Boiselle. Pte Middleton had a younger brother 53 Pte CH Middleton of the 7th Battalion who was wounded in action at Gallipoli and discharged in April 1916.

WP_20160523_003.jpg2331 Pte J GARDINER

27th July – 4th August 1916 – Pozieres

Commemorated on Villers-Bretonneux Memorial

19 year-old labourer John Gardiner from Woolsthorpe enlisted into the AIF on 5th July 1915 and sailed with the 5th/22nd on the RMS Osterley on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. Gardiner, John 2331.JPGAfter a period of training and being Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on 8th January 1916, Pte Gardiner set sail from Alexandria on the Llandovery Castle on the 19th March 1916 to join the BEF in France. Pte Gardiner served with the 22nd Battalion in the nursery sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 and sometime between 27th July and 4th August 1916 Pte Gardiner was killed in action. Pte Gardiner was never found thus is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

WP_20160523_006.jpg2478 Pte LA WILSON

27th July 1916 – Pozieres

Commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial

21 year-old labourer Leslie Wilson from Hamilton enlisted into the AIF on 27th July 1915 and sailed with the 5th/22nd on the RMS Osterley on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. After a period of training and being Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on 8th January 1916 Pte Wilson set sail on the Llandovery Castle on the 19th March 1916 to join the BEF in France. Pte Wilson served with the 22nd Battalion in the nursery sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 with Pte Wilson, as part of D Company, occupying the front line trenches. During the night of 28th/29th July, D Company under Major Mackay supported the attack by the 7th Brigade and they reached the German wire in front of OG1 before having to withdraw. Pte Wilson was killed in action at some point in the Battalion’s stint in the front line. Pte Wilson was never found thus is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

WP_20160523_012.jpg2384 Pte FC SAXON

27th July 1916 – Pozieres

Buried at Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt.

35 year-old miner Francis Saxon from Croxton enlisted into the AIF on 12th July 1915 and sailed with the 5th/22nd on the RMS Osterley on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. After a period of training and being Taken on Strength into the 22nd Battalion on 8th January 1916, Pte Saxon set sail from Alexandria on the Llandovery Castle on the 19th March 1916 to join the BEF in France. Pte Saxon served with the 22nd Battalion in the ‘nursery’ sector of Bois Grenier before moving south as part of I Anzac Corps for the great Somme offensive. The 22nd Battalion moved
forward into Pozieres in the early hours of 27th July 1916 and as part of B Company Pte Saxon, Francis Charles 2384.JPGSaxon was in K Trench, the support trench, which was being heavily shelled causing many casualties. During this time Pte Saxon was wounded in the abdomen and chest. He was taken to 6th Field Ambulance but shortly afterwards died of his wounds. Pte Saxon was buried at Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt. Francis Saxon was 2nd cousin to four Saxon brothers from Euroa that fought during WW1 including 17 year-old Joseph Saxon who enlisted as part of the 1st/22nd. Francis and Joe were tent-mates up until Francis’s death. Sadly 1564 Pte JS Saxon was also killed in action at Pozieres the following week.

Fromelles 5th Reinf.jpg2477 Pte R SHELDRICK (with 60th Battalion)

19th July 1916 – Fromelles 

Commemorated on the V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles

28 year-old boot maker Richard Sheldrick from South Melbourne enlisted into the AIF on 16th July 1915 and sailed with the 5th/22nd on the RMS Osterley on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While in Egypt he was hospitalised sick twice in February and April and as a result missed the sailing of the 22nd Battalion in March to join the BEF in France. Pte Sheldrick was therefore transferred to the newly formed 60th Battalion of the AIF 5th Division to continue his training. Pte Sheldrick embarked on the Kinfauns Castle on 18th June 1916, disembarking at Marseille on 29th June. Within three weeks of the Division’s arrival in France it would take part in the first major engagement by the Australians on the Western Front in the disastrous Somme diversionary attack at Fromelles, where in one single day the AIF suffered 5,533 casualties, the most in any one day period during its history. As part of the 60th Battalion, Pte Sheldrick was tasked with attacking the German strong-point known as the ‘Sugarloaf’ and like many of his mates including Pte Silver of the 5th/22nd was struck down in No-Man’s Land under the withering German machine guns and artillery fire. Of the 887 officers and men from the 60th Battalion that went into the fight, only one officer and 106 men answered the roll call. Pte Sheldrick was listed as Missing in Action and was not finally concluded as Killed in Action until the Court of Enquiry held on 4th August 1917. Pte Sheldrick was never found therefore is commemorated on the V.C. Corner Australian Memorial Wall close to where he fell and to the Fromelles Memorial Park.

fromelles-5th-reinf2390 Pte J SILVER (with 60th Battalion)

19th July 1916 – Fromelles 

Commemorated on the V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles

24 year-old boot operative John Silver from Collingwood enlisted into the AIF on 12th July 1915 and sailed with the 5th/22nd on the RMS Osterley on 29th September 1915 for Egypt. While in Egypt he was hospitalised sick in December and only re-joined the 22nd Battalion five days before the battalion set sail in March to join the BEF in France. As a result Pte Silver was transferred to the newly formed 60th Battalion of the AIF 5th Division to continue his training. Pte Silver embarked on the Kinfauns Castle on 18th June 1916, disembarking at Marseille on 29th June. Within three weeks of the Division’s arrival in France it would take part in the first major engagement by the Australians on the Western Front in the disastrous Somme diversionary attack at Fromelles, where in one single day the AIF suffered 5,533 casualties, the most in any one day period during its history. As part of the 60th Battalion, Pte Silver was tasked with attacking the German strong-point known as the ‘Sugarloaf’ and like many of his mates including Pte Sheldrick of the 5th/22nd was struck down in No-Man’s Land under the withering German machine guns and artillery fire. Of the 887 officers and men from the 60th Battalion that went into the fight, only one officer and 106 men answered the roll call. Pte Silver was listed as Missing in Action and was not finally concluded as Killed in Action until the Court of Enquiry held on 4th August 1917. Pte Silver was never found therefore is commemorated on the V.C. Corner Australian Memorial Wall close to where he fell and to the Fromelles Memorial Park. 

IMG_0226.JPG2340 Pte H HOSKING

24th June 1916 – Bois Grenier

Buried at Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chappelle-D’Armentierres

30 year old Japanner Herbert Hosking from South Ballarat was one of the first of the 5th/22nd to enlist, joining the AIF on 3rd July 1915 before sailing with the 5th/22nd on the RMS Osterley on 29th September and for Egypt. Pte Hosking appears to have not had much luck during his relatively short time in the army. While in Egypt Pte Hosking was admitted to hospital twice, once with rheumatism and the second time with appendicitis. Upon arrival in France on 26th March 1916 Pte Hosking served with the 22nd Battalion in the Hosking - H06443.JPGBois Grenier sector, and despite drink being an issue for the AIF in Egypt and France he was one of a few to face a Field General Court Martial for drunkenness, and was given a sentence of 14 days Field Punishment No.2. Sadly he was the first of the 5th/22nd to be killed when during a period of heavy bombardment while the 22nd Battalion was in the Firing Line he was killed in action along with 2339 Pte Hogan and two others from the Battalion. Pte Hosking is buried side-by-side with Pte Hogan and his mates from the 22nd Battalion in the Ration Farm Military Cemetery.

2016-07-24 16.08.46.jpg2339 Pte MJ HOGAN

24th June 1916 – Bois Grenier

Buried at Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chappelle-D’Armentierres

31 year old married Railway Porter from Brunswick East Maurice Hogan enlisted with the AIF on 5th July 1915 and sailed with the 5th/22nd on the RMS Osterley on 29th September for Egypt. Upon arrival in France on 26th March 1916 Pte Hogan served with the 22nd Battalion in the Bois Grenier sector, where during a period of heavy bombardment while the 22nd Battalion was in the Firing Line he was killed in action, along with 2340 Pte Hosking also of the 5th/22nd and two others from the Battalion. Pte Hogan is buried side-by-side with Pte Hosking and his mates from the 22nd Battalion in the Ration Farm Military Cemetery.

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