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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Staff of the 4th Mobile Veterinary Section at Steenwerck, France 11 March 1918. Left to right, back row: 4234 Private (Pte) E. Turnbridge; 277 Pte J. E. Walsh; 461 Pte T. L. Levick; 559 Pte A. W. Kelly; 574 Pte C. Sly. Middle row: 556 Pte G. Austin (standing slightly back); 7072 Pte S. Gray; 404 Pte Robert Vandergee (standing slightly back); 33172 Pte J. C. Madden; 33171 Pte G. Madden; 537 Pte N. J. Rutherford; 796 Pte W. G. Cooper; 691 Pte J. O'Brien; 797 Driver (Dvr) J. E. Dodds (standing slightly back); 259 Dvr H. L. D. Marchant; 251 Pte J. C. Harper (standing slightly back). Front row: 239 Pte T. Ridgwell (kneeling); 572 Corporal (Cpl) C. Kelly MID MSM; 252 Sergeant (Sgt) W. Fawcett; 299 Staff Sergeant A. Owens; Major E. S. James MID; 672 Sgt C. D. Brown MID; 457 Cpl E. T. Trounson; 10059 Pte G. A. Leer; 573 Pte D. McSwain (kneeling).


Cooper W G         Pte    796    William George      39 Mobile Vet Sect    18    Ticket writer    Single    C of E

Address:    Ascot Vale, Francis St, 85    

Next of Kin:    Cooper, W J, father, 85 Francis St, Ascot Vale    

Enlisted:    15 Feb 1916        

Embarked:     A33 Ayrshire 3 Jul 1916    


Mentioned in this publication:

Falling In: Australians and 'Boy Conscription' 1911-1915, by John Barrett.  p 241  "In some cases the poor quality of training set the boys against it.  WGC (1913), Ascot Vale, dairyman's son and a ticket writer) hated marching around streets on Saturday afternoons."  From a questionnaire completed by WGC in 1978, in the possession of the author at the time of writing in 1979.  John Barrett's papers are now lodged at the National Library of Australia, and may include the questionnaires.


Saw his mother's photo in the paper while in France.  See also Cheer-up-Brigade-Ascot-Vale

PATRIOTIC (1918, September 19). Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 1. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92030497


War Service Commemorated                                    

Essendon Town Hall A-F

Ascot Vale State School                                                                                                        

St Pauls Anglican Church, Ascot Vale                                                

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours

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