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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


The crew of HMAS Australia line up for their pay.  Amongst the crew members was Leading Seaman Lawson. 1915


Lawson W R            Leading Seaman    1581    Walter Rupert        RAN    21        Single            

Address:    Ascot Vale, Hurtle St, 12  

Next of Kin:    Lawson, William, father, 12 Hurtle St, Ascot Vale    

                        Lawson, Rose, wife, "Everton", 12 Hurtle St, Ascot Vale  ( married in England in 1917)

Enlisted:    2 Apr 1912        

Embarked:     HMAS Australia 


Nav. Dep. W'tn    AB             2-4-12 to 8-7-12
"Encounter"         AB             9-7-12 to 22-11-12
       "                  Acting L S    23-11-12 to 31-12-12
                                Ldg Sea  1-1-13  to 21-6-13
"Australia"             Ldg Sea   2-4-14 to 21-1-18
London Depot      Ldg Sea   22-1-18   to 21-1-18
Cerberus              Ldg Sea    1-2-18 to 25-11-18  discharged


Relatives on Active Service:

Lawson G E Pte 61646 brother  




Took part in operations in German New Guinea in 1914.  Lawson married Rose G Homer in Cheltenham, England, in 1917.



Old Schoolmates


At tea at the "back to school" day of the Moonee Ponds West State school on Saturday, Mr. W. Lawson, of Bryant street, Flemington, recalled an incident of the days of the Great War, when he met another "old boy" of the school in Russia. 

In 1915 [sic- should  be 1918] Mr Lawson was serving on a British destroyer and found himself in Archangel. While on shore leave he went to a cafe, and saw a tall, bearded "Cossack," whose face seemed familiar. Lawson spoke to the "Cossack," and to his surprise the "Cossack" answered in English. The "Cossack" was Mr. "Dick" Thompson, who had attended the Moonee Ponds West State school, and who had gone to Russia and settled there.


MET IN RUSSIA. (1938, August 1). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 2. Retrieved January 30, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12454498 


Archangel, 1918.  Churchill wanted to support the White Army against the Bolsheviks. Pictured, the North Russia Intervention saw the allies invade land at Archangel and drive the Bolsheviks back.  Photo:  Daily Mail.


War Service Commemorated

Moonee Ponds West State School

Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours

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