My Family History

Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day, which marks the end of the First World War.  The following are my ancestors, and their siblings, who enlisted to serve in the War.

Harrie Alexander Harley.  Harrie was the brother of my grandmother Ivy May Harley.  Harrie was born 12 July 1889 at South Melbourne in the Colony of Victoria.  He enlisted 9 October 1917.  He returned to Australia on 22 July 1919.  Harrie had married Olive Shine Dixon in 1913.  Harrie re-enlisted in the 2nd world war, and died 23 April 1944 from an illness.  He was buried at the Springvale War Cemetery.

Wilfred Palmer Marr My grandfather.  He was born 19 December 1892 at Myrtleford in the Colony of Victoria.  He enlisted on 11 January 1916.  His service record can be found at the National Archives Website.  He returned to Australia on 22 May 1919.  He married my grandmother, Edith Meriden Docwra, on 8 May 1922.  Wilfred died 22 January 1955 at Mount Royal in Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

Ernest Arthur Oliver.  Ernest was the brother of my 2x great grandmother Emily Alice Oliver.  He was born in 1884 in Bairsndale, in the Colony of Victoria.  He migrated to New Zealand, and I have found a record that may be for him at the Auckland Museum website. Ernest died 1 November 1952 at Lepperton, New Zealand.

George William Douglas Oliver.  George was the brother of my 2x great grandmother Emily Alice Oliver.  George was born in 1888 at Bairnsdale in the Colony of Victoria.  He enlisted on 28 April 1916, and was killed in action 4 July 1918.

Frank Ernest Russell.  Frank was the brother of my 2x great grandmother Henrietta Louisa Russell.  Frank was born 25 September 1889 at Casterton in the Colony of Victoria. He enlisted 26 July 1916.  At the time of his enlistment, his next of kin was his sister Victoria May Dawes, but his service record later showed his next of kin was his wife Mary Amelia Russell of Sydenham, London, so he was married during the war.  His service record at the National Archives website also included details of his marriage. It showed he married May Amelia Cole on 22 November 1917.  Frank died 21 February 1964 at Preston, Victoria, Australia.

Thomas Henry Leopold Russell. Thomas was another of Henrietta’s brothers.  Thomas was born 7 April 1885 in South Melbourne.  He married Annie Cecilia Cowley on 20 July 1912.  He enlisted on 3 May 1916, and returned to Australia on 21 July 1918.  Thomas died 9 November 1966 in Newtown, New South Wales, Australia.

John Ernest Whimpey My grandfather.  I have already written about my grandfather, and the fact that he enlisted late into the war in my post 52 Ancestors #19 John Ernest Whimpey.

My grandfather had four brothers who fought in the First World War:

Albert Roy Whimpey was born 17 February 1892 in Tarnagulla in the Colony of Victoria. He enlisted on 20 January 1916.  He was married during the war to Phyllis Walsh, on 14 April 1919.  Roy died 1 November 1965 at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in Heidelberg, Victoria, Austarlia.

Arthur Edgar Whimpey was born 11 July 1896 in Tarnagulla.  He was married after the war to Ella May Alexander, on 29 September 1923.  He died 10 April 1965.

William Claude Whimpey was born 26 January 1895 in Tarnagulla.  He enlisted on 21 July 1916, and was killed in action on 3 May 1917.

Herbert Whimpey was born 22 December 1897 in Tarnagulla.  He enlisted on 2 March 1917.  He returned to Australia on 16 March 1919, and was married on 25 December 1922 to Mary Elizabeth Maude Ford.  Herbert died 3 November 1974 at his home at 4 Enterprise Avenue, Garden City, Victoria, Australia.

The main 2 resources I have used for service records in Australia are:

Australian War Memorial website

National Archives Australia website

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