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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918



Jewkes W G    CSM     142    Wallace Gordon            39 Inf Bn    22    Chemist    Single    Meth       

Address:       Essendon, Glen St, 8

Next of Kin:    Jewkes, W M, father, 8 Glen St, Essendon   

                                                      Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon   by 13 Feb 1917

                                                       39 Loch St, St Kilda               by 14 Jul 1917

                                                       Como Pharmacy, Raglan & Military Rds, Mosman  by 3 Oct 1922

Enlisted:    9 May 1916       

Embarked:     A11 Ascanius 27 May 1916   


Relatives on Active Service:

Jewkes G G Pte 930 brother


Date of Death:  10/01/1917  Lieutenant  39 Inf Bn

CWGC: "Son of Wallace Meiklejohn Jewkes and Jean Jewkes, of Military Rd and Raglan St, Mosman,

New South Wales. Native of Ballarat".



Rodney Charles Locke and Gordon Jewkes, circa 1908.  Courtesy of Kate Boyce.



Wallace Gordon Jewkes is tentatively identified as being in this group of men about to depart from

Port  Melbourne with the 39 Inf Bn on 27 May 1916.


News has been received that Lieut W. Gordon Jewkes, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Jewkes, of Essendon, and of 39 Loch street, St. Kilda, has been killed in France. The deceased was a very popular young fellow, and showed great promise. He was 22 years of age. A brother of the deceased. Private Gilbert Jewkes, is also on active service.


No Title. (1917, January 18). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 6 Edition: Morning.. Retrieved March 20, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74601354



Australian War Memorial

Original personal letter, dated 9 January 1917, written by Lieutenant Wallace Gordon Jewkes of 39th Battalion, to his parents: the letter describes his feelings prior to a trench raid he had been selected to lead. Photograph: studio-style photograph of Jewkes in uniform, taken 22 May 1916.




Mentioned in this publication:


The Thirty-ninth : the history of the 39th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force by A.T. Paterson.

"During the battalion's last tour a party of three officers and fifty men had been behind the lines in training for the first raid to be undertaken by the 39th.  At 5 45 p.m. on January 9 the raid was carried out. Captain C. L. Giles was in command of it. Lieutenant (afterwards Captain) P. L. Smith commanded the assault party, whilst Lieutenant W. R Bingle had charge of the right and Lieutenant W. G. Jewkes the left raiding parties Preceded by an artillery barrage on the enemy lines the raiders, carrying a large supply of hand grenades, left our trenches and stormed the enemy front line. The venture was successful. Numbers of the enemy were killed, dugouts were blown up and machine guns put out of action, while valuable information was gleaned from the documents captured in the German trenches.......


Then came the good news that the raiders had returned and that the operation had been a success. The battalion's casualties numbered 17 N.COs. and men failed and wounded, and one officer—Lieutenant W. G. Jewkes— wounded. Lieutenant Jewkes died the following day, to the deep regret of everybody in the battalion".


The Thirty-ninth : the history of the 39th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, by A.T. Paterson, 1934.  pp 85-85.


Lieut W G Jewkes, 39th Battalion AIF. Died of wounds 10.1.17

It is advised that the above named officer was wounded during a raid on the Enemy Trenches in the HOUPLINES sector, ARMENTIERES.  This Officer who was leading the Left Party approached a dug-out that was protected by a steel trap-door.  On demanding the enemy inside to surrender he was shot through the Loop-hole in the door with a revolver, the bullet lodging in the right side of his head. He was carried back to the Aid Post where he received treatment but later succumbed to his wound. He was buried in HAZEBROUCK CEMETERY.

National Archives of Australia, B2455



 Dear  Mother & Father,

I'm afraid that you will think me rather gloomy in writing in the following strain but of course one has to take the necessary precautions at these times, the fact is that our Battn is carrying out a raid on the enemy trenches tomorrow night, and I am one of the chosen volunteers, there are three of us altogether, that is officers, & 50 men. Of course, we are considered the elite of the Battn & I am proud to be in the position for it shows that I have the confidence of those over me which is a great factor at these times of great tests.

This war business is one which makes a man a man as regards the possession of those qualifications which are expected in a real man & I am delighted to know that my superiors think me a possessor of those qualifications.

If I should meet with bad luck and not get back I don't want you to mourn for me but just think of it in the light that you have given a son in a great cause & that he did his duty as a man.

I'm afraid my personal belongings amount to practically air, but all there is will be sent home to you & if there is any money sent home I should like you to give it to the dependents of some soldier killed in action, it will be very little I know, but it will serve to show an officer's appreciation of his men & I can tell you they are marvels, & the finest chaps one could wish to meet.

Well dear Mother & Father please don't sorrow for me.

All my love

Your loving son



Source:  https://sites.google.com/site/the39th/w.gordonjewkes


Extracts from Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiries Bureau Correspondence.


2nd Lieut. W G Jewkes

Died of wounds 10/1/17
Casualty was killed at the Houplines on the 10th January, 1917, by a bullet during a raid under the following circumstances.  On reaching the enemy lines he gave the two German officers a chance to come out of their dug-out. On their emerging they immediately shot him.  The boys became so infuriated they immediately shot the officers and took no prisoners  Sgt Hamilton shot the two German officers who killed casualty.
Informant: Lieut Lowe, DCM
39th Battalion
Private address"Lufra" Glen Eira Road, St Kilda.



I knew Casualty.  He was a very tall man, dark complexion about 24 years of age, known as "Gordon".  Casualty was leading and in command of the raiding party, Houplines, Armentiers.  There were a party of Germans in a dug-out and Casualty went in and asked them to surrender and they refused to come out, and on turning around to call for assistance one of the enemy shot him with a revolver, the bullet passing through his head.  I was 100 yds. away.  His men brought him back and he died two hours later.  I saw his grave which had a nice cross erected on it with his name and battalion.  He was buried with his comrade Basil White. He was well known and liked by all his men".
Informant Staff Sgt Martin
39th Battalion
Private address
59 Stafford Street




War Service Commemorated

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour killed


In Memoriam


JEWKES.-A tribute of love and honour to the  

memory of Lieutenant W Gordon Jewkes, killed

in France, 10th January, 1917.

-(Inserted by W. J. and A. E. A.)


Family Notices. (1918, January 11). The Argus (Melbourne,

Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 1. Retrieved July 25, 2011, from


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