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Paine P G     Pte    878

Page history last edited by Lenore Frost 8 years, 11 months ago

Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Percy George Paine was originally of Middlesex, England. Pte Paine embarked  on

the Ulysses on 10 May 1915 and later transferred to the 6th Field Company

Engineers as a Sapper  with regimental number 4513. Paine served on the

Gallipoli Peninsula and later in France. Australian War Memorial Collection.



Paine P G     Pte    878         Percy George               22 Inf Bn    25    Carpenter    Single    C of E       

Address:    Essendon, Grace St, 9   

Next of Kin:    Paine, George, father, 9 Grace St, Essendon   

Enlisted:    17 Feb 1915       

Embarked:     A38 Ulysses 10 May 1915   

Awards: Military Medal





The following interesting letter has been received from Corporal P. G. Paine, an Essendonian, who was awarded the Military Medal a little while ago: -


Just a line to let you know that I am in hospital again, this time suffering from Rheumatism. Just before I came down from the line I received two letters from you, and most welcome they were. They were forwarded on to me by Len Tyzack, with a note enclosed. He is quite well, and still at Southampton. On my way here I was taken to the 5th Field Ambulance, where I met Jim Fynmore, who told me to look out for Alby Wilson at the C.C.S., so when I reached there I went around and found him. He is still the same old Alby, not changed a bit. He said he heard from you, and was pleased to get your letters, as they always had plenty of news in them, which, by the way, is quite right.


Well, we had a great Christmas dinner up the line-about the best turn-out I have been to since leaving Aussie. Of course we had to work as usual, but a few of us were allowed to stay in camp to prepare things for the boys when they came home. We had a cow hut, very nicely decorated and enough tables and forms to seat the whole section (about 40), and when they came home at 4.30 p.m. they sat down to as nice a Christmas dinner as you could get in the kingdom. First course was roast beef, potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower; then Christmas pudding, with sauce; also jellies and custard. At 7 p.m., they sat down again and had a light, snack, consisting of biscuits, cheese, celery, spring onions, lettuce, nuts, oranges, apples, cigars, cigarettes and drinks. By 8 o'clock we had a good concert in progress.


I may say that our Christmas dinner was eaten off clean China plates (quite a novelty), which we dug up in a cellar near the line. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, and, as I said before, it was the best turn-out I've been to since leaving home.


Have not seen Mick Wight since he returned from his "Blighty" leave, so cannot tell you what sort of a time he had. I just missed my Paris leave by having to go into hospital. Give kindest regards to all my friends.


FROM THE FRONT. (1918, April 18). The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 1 Edition: Morning. Retrieved June 8, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74605679



REL23022.001-.004. Medals


War Service Commemorated

Essendon Town Hall L-R

Christ Church Roll of Honour

Essendon State School

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours

Regimental Register

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