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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


McVitty H S    Pte    10556    Harry Saville          1 Div Amm Column    26    Farmer    Single    Pres       

Address:    Elsternwick, Martin St 2   

Next of Kin:    McVitty, H, Mrs, mother, 2 Martin St, Elsternwick   

Enlisted:    5 Nov 1915       

Embarked:        A19 Afric 5 Jan 1916


Date of Death:   31/10/1916

CWGC:  "Son of Hannah McVitty, of 148, St. Kilda St., Middle Brighton, Victoria, Australia, and the

late William John McVitty. Native of Essendon, Victoria".





Mr Frank Allan writes: — 'Quite a   gloom has been cast over the Essendon cricketers, in hearing of the death of one of their late first eleven players, Private H. McVitty, who has been killed at the front. The Essendon players wore arm bands in Saturday's match against Collingwood, in mourning for the loss of a good chum, and a promising cricketer. He was a right hand leg break bowler, a dashing batsmen, and a first rate field. He is the first member of the club who has made the big sacrifice.


But private J. M. C. Handcock of the second eleven, is in the list of the missing, and his many friends in the club trust that the worst has not happened in his case, and that he may yet be restored to them. 


ESSENDON CRICKETER KILLED. (1916, November 29). Winner (Melbourne, Vic. : 1914 - 1917), p. 8. Retrieved September 13, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154552972


Australian Red Cross Missing and Wounded Enquiries Bureau Correspondence

1 FAB  McVitty H S
Killed in Action 31.10.16

re 10536 Gnr H S McVitty 1st FAB, AIF, killed in Action 31.10.16

Gnr McVitty was a member of the same gun detachment as myself.  On the morning of the 21st Oct, 1916 while unloading ammunition a German high explosive shell burst near by killing Gnr McVitty also a Dvr, Bedford.  Both men were buried in the same afternoon in the field (the map Co-ordinance M.36.A.17.Refre.sheet 57.c.S.W.) about half a mile from the village of Fleurs (before Bapaume) the grave was marked by a white cross.  Four comrades of the Battery were buried alongside a fortnight later.  As far as I know no other graves were adjustant (sic) there.
Letter from Sgt D Winn
2nd Battery, ,1st AFA
Brigade, BFF.4.2.19.




War Service Commemorated

Essendon State School  * (H A McVitty)

St John's Presbyterian Church   *

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