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Munro J S    Driver    936

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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Munro J S    Driver    936    John Service              2 FAB    20    Clerk    Single    Pres       

Address:    Essendon, Richardson St, 4   

Next of Kin:    Munro, John A, father, 4 Richardson St, Essendon   

Enlisted:    19 Aug 1914       

Embarked:     A9 Shropshire 20 Oct 1914   


Relatives on Active Service:

Munro D APM 1693 brother




A pleasing ceremony took place at the Essendon State school, when Miss Connie Munro, who has been connected with the school for 12 years past as pupil and teacher, was made the recipient of a hand some toilet set by her fellow teachers, on the occasion of her transfer to the Yarram High School. Miss Munro, with other lady teachers, volunteered to teach at any school in Victoria to release teachers desirous of joining the Expeditionary Forces, and as some were stationed in remote country districts this meant a great sacrifice, but a fine sense of duty impelled her to surrender a vast amount of comfort to "do her bit" to help win the war.


Two of her brothers are serving their king and country, and when war was declared Bombardier Jack enlisted on 5th August, 1914, and is still in the trenches, having only enjoyed 8 days' leave since that date; a young brother, Douglas, is assistant paymaster in the navy, and is now stationed in the Mediterranean with the flotilla fleet off the coast of Italy.


Miss Munro has been ever foremost in patriotic work, having trained the children of the Essendon S.S. for concerts and school displays, and was successful in gaining first place for each of the eight squads in the physical culture display, held at the Melbourne cricket ground recently.


Valedictory. (1918, February 21). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 2 Edition: Morning. Retrieved June 4, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74605135


One Thousand Days with the AIF


Gunner Frederick Sydney Loch also embarked on the Shropshire with the 2nd Field Artillery Battalion, and wrote an account of it published as Straits Impregnable by Sydney de Lough during the war, though initially disguising it as a novel.  An annotated version of Loch's book has been published by Susanna de Vries, and now called  To Hell and Back.


War Service Commemorated

Essendon State School    (J  L)

Patriotic Concert 1914

St John's Presbyterian Church

St Thomas' Grammar & Carlton College (J) 

Northern Golf Club (J)

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours

Regimental Register


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