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Some soldiers that I find interesting enough to write up a biography on.

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O.M Blumenthal

Oscar Maximillian 'Max' [de] Blumenthal was born on July 1st, 1892 in Paddington, New South Wales to a French father and British mother. He was one of two children the couple would have with the other one being a boy; Stanley Joseph 'Stan' [de] Blumenthal [1893-1972] who also served in the First World War in New Guinea [1914] and then the Light Horse. Oscar attended Rawdon Vale School and was Laborer during his pre-war adult life. Max is located back row, second from right Max enlisted into

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F.J Ludbrook and H.C Ludbrook

A bit of a special one, a post concerning two cousins who came from Ballarat and went to the First World War. 3196 Francis John Ludbrook Francis at Tel-El-Kebir, 1916 Francis John Ludbrook was born on July 31st, 1895 in Ballarat, Victoria. He had been apart of the 70 Battalion [Cadets] and was a carpenter upon enlisting on March 24th, 1915 with his cousin Bert. He had to sign on with his parents consent. A month after enlisting, he was appointed Lance Corporal on May 11th. He embarked

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A.E Harrison, 'The Vanishing Captain'

This one is quite an interesting case by any measure. Albert Edward Harrison was born on August 28th, 1879 in Richmond, Victoria to William [1827-1908] and Catherine [1839-1891] Harrison [nee Miller], being one of two children they would have as well as being the youngest. He attended South Melbourne College for High School and during which, he enlisted into the Cadets and earned the rank of Colour-Sergeant. Albert decided to enlist on January 15th, 1901 into the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles,

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W.F Lindsay, M.C, E.D

William Frederic Lindsay was born on December 27th, 1880 in Unanderra, New South Wales to George and Eliza Lindsay [Nee Cochrane] and was the eldest of 12 children. He lived in Unanderra with his family and then married Alice Selina Spence [1877-1960] on October 27th, 1903 in Wollongong, New South Wales. The couple would have three children, two males and a female. Both of the sons served in the Second World War, one of them would win a Military Cross in Greece and the other would be on a gun em

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G.H.T Robey, D.C.M, M.I.D

George Horace Townsend Robey was born on July 14th, 1884 in Manly, New South Wales to Horace Townsend and Violet Florence Robey [nee Townsend]. He was one of five children they would have, and he was the second oldest. He was baptized on August 16th, 1884 in Sydney. In the pre-war period, he was an Engineer and a prominent member of both the Lifesaving Club and Sailing Club in Manly. On August 18th, 1914 he enlisted into the A.I.F at Maryborough, Queensland, and he states he served 2 years

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H.B O'Donnell

Hugh Brian 'Hughie' O'Donnell was born on September 1st, 1898 in Boulder, Western Australia, the day before Kitchener took Omdurman in the Sudan. His parents were John 'Jack' and Lilly Elizabeth O'Donnell [nee Dreyer], who both originated from South Australia, married in New South Wales, then settled in Western Australia. He was still a lad in High School when he enlisted at Helena Valley, Western Australia on November 12th, 1914 at the age of 16 and a month, whilst his army age put him 3 years

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H. Cross, M.B.E, M.C

Harry Cross was born on June 12th, 1890 in Hackford-next-Reepham, Norfolk, England to Jabez and Kate Cross [nee Hammond]. He was the youngest child in the marriage which produced 3 children, a daughter and two sons. Harry was educated at Harringay Primary School in London between 1895 and 1904 before he went to the Northampton Institute in London for a three year engineering course. During this time, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps Volunteers, specifically in 1905. In 1907 when he went to

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A.E Morris

Alfred Ernest Morris was born on April 12th, 1889 in Mount Gambier, South Australia to Evan and Jemima Keziah Morris [Nee Watts]. He was one of 12 children the couple would have between 1882 and 1901. His family lived around Mount Gambier, but it appears that Alfred moved to Western Australia in about 1914. Alfred Morris in civilian clothes Alfred enlisted into the A.I.F on February 18th, 1915 at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and allotted service number 2021. He was assigned to the 16

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H.J Wegener, D.C.M

Hugo Johann/John Wegener was born on July 18th, 1897 in Palmer, South Australia to Johann Heinrich Christoph and Johanne Louise Wegener [Nee Linder], both of Prussian descent. He had 2 older [1893 and 96] and 2 younger [1901 and 05] sisters, so unfortunately he was the only boy. Johann and Johanne Wegener He enlisted at Keswick Barracks at the age of 17 years and 11 months on June 16th, 1915 with the service number 3031, listing his age as 18. His mother had a note allowing him to e

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R.E Nicholls, D.C.M, M.M

Richard "Richie" Edwin Nicholls was born at some point around 1899-1900 (Sources vary) in Victoria, Australia to William [1866-1908] and Ida Theresa [1873-1948] Nicholls. He had 2 older brothers and 3 younger brothers as well as 2 younger sisters. Not much is noted in Richie's early life unfortunately. Richie enlisted in Melbourne on June 12th, 1916, either way he was a boy soldier and given a serial number, 2761. He was assigned to the A.I.F Training Company on June 27th, and 3 months later

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W. Waite, MC and Bar

William Waite was born on September 27th, 1888 to Michael John [1860-1934] and Margaret [Nee Roberts/Robarts] Waite [1870-1936] William Waite enlisted into the AIF on August 20th, 1914 at Broadmeadows and was given the service number 363. He trained there and was assigned to C Troop [O.C Lt Pollard], B Squadron [O.C Cpt Armstrong], 4th Light Horse Regiment, which was then commanded by Lieutenant Colonel John Keatly Forsyth who was tasked with raising the 1st Light Horse Brigade whilst the act

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J.M. Thorburn, D.C.M

John Myles Thorburn was born on April 20th, 1886 in Kerrie, Victoria to John Myles Thorburn Snr (1847-1936) and Mary Ann Farro (1850-1908). He was one of 10 children that the couple would have between 1870 to 1891 (5 daughters, 5 sons though he'd be the only one to serve). John and Mary Ann Thorburn His mother, Mary Ann Farro died on October 10th, 1908 in Romsey, Victoria. On February 7th, 1914 one of John's siblings (Mary Ann 'Mollie' Thorburn) would die in Romsey, Victoria, the only

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C.A.W.E Ashburner, man of 3 wars!

Clifford Arundell William Ernest Ashburner had a proud heritage. He was son of Ernest Ashburner (1862-1939) who raised the Ashburner Light Horse at Kimberly on January 23rd, 1901 and was disbanded near the end of the Second Boer War on April 5th, 1902. Clifford's grandfather was Colonel William James Ashburner (1818/19-1888) William James Ashburner started out as a Cornet in the Bombay Army in 1837. He was then posted to the 3rd Bombay Light Cavalry in December 1837, and promoted to the rank

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