This week’s theme was “close to home”. I grew up in Mitcham, a suburb of Melbourne. The ancestors that would have lived closest to this would have been my grandparents at Heidelberg, which is also where my dad grew up. I’ve already done posts for my grandparents and my dad, but my grandfather also had two brothers that lived at Heidelberg as well. I’ve decided to do this post on his younger brother, Albert Roy Whimpey.
Albert Roy Whimpey, more commonly known as Roy, was born 17 February 1892 in Tarnagulla, where his father Joseph worked as a mail contractor. Roy would have gone to school at the Tarnagulla State School, where many of the Whimpey family attended.
The 1914 Electoral roll shows that Roy was a grocer’s assistant at Tarnagulla. His father had bought the Criterion Store for his son John Ernest Whimpey to manage, and Roy would therefore have worked as John’s assistant.
Roy enlisted in the Army on 20 January 1916. Roy’s service record shows he was 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall. He had light blue eyes and brown hair. It was while serving in England and France that Roy met his future wife Phyllis Walsh.
His service record includes details of his marriage to Phyllis Walsh. At the time of his marriage he was a private with 57th Bn A.I.F., and he was living at the Y.M.C.A Grove Road Wakefield. His occupation was grocer’s assistant (soldier). He was 27 years old, a bachelor, and his father was Joseph Whimpey, mail contractor. Roy and Phyllis were married at the Register Office in Wakefield, Yorkshire on 14 Apr 1919, by Clarence A. Bebhard Deputy Registrar.
After the war ended, Roy returned to Australia on 15 May 1919 on the “Oroulls”.
After arriving back in Australia, Roy and Phyllis moved to Melbourne, where Roy worked as a labourer, and later as a driver. The Electoral rolls show that they lived at the following addresses.
1922 183 Donald St Brunswick
1926-1927 Cape & Burgundy Sts Heidelberg
1928-1934 63 Darebin St Heidelberg
1936-1937 61 Darebin St Heidelberg
1938-1941 115 Banksia St Heidelberg
1943-1946 26 Munich St
1946-1965 90 Edwin St
Roy and Phyllis had two sons, Geoffrey Roy Whimpey, born in 1920, and Louis Charles Whimpey, born in 1922. Geoff was in the RAAF in the 2nd world war and was killed in action. Lou died in 2013.
Roy died 1 November 1965 at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, and he was cremated 4 November 1965 at the Necropolis Crematorium in Springvale. His remains were placed at Dodonaea, Wall C, Niche 26.