Darebin Heritage Links :




Compiled for Darebin Heritage by Brian Membrey

Preston State School (1494) : Scholars That Served (H-J)

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Hall J

Single, 18 Seymour Street, South Preston,



James, labourer.  He was 40 years of when he enlisted and appears to have been a late addition to the Board, possibly at his own instigation as it is doubtful that anyone would have remembered his days as a pupil!  Originally Private, 7th Infantry, later 1st Division Salvage Company.  Born Sandhurst, Bendigo, 1874, died Camberwell, 1945, aged 69?? ; parents James and Margaret, nee Jarman

Hamilton A

Single, Plenty Road, Preston



Allan/Allen, farm labourer.  He enlisted while working at Colac with his father George in Plenty Road as next of kin and is noteworthy as being admitted to hospital in December, 1915 suffering from frostbite while at Gallipoli. 269, originally Private, 13th Light Horse, later Gunner, 13th Field Artillery. He survived the Western Front unscathed and returned in March, 1919. Died 10 December 1949 at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, interred Preston Cemetery … " loved son of the late Elizabeth and George Hamilton, loved brothcr uf Jack. George, Lil, Bill. Alf, Bess, Arch (deceased), Hugh and Grace, aged 55 years".

Hamilton G

Single, 36 Crawley Street, Preston



George Alexander John, stove fitter.  Killed in action at Lihons, France, 10.08.1918, no known grave. Parents Alexander (Alick) and Mary Jane Hamilton (nee Ireland); Hamilton was a cousin of Private Robert Ramsay Ralston, 6889, 6th Battalion, and Private Colin Campbell Ireland, 2203, 1st Battalion (both included on our Darebin Memorial Roll).

Heyward, A

Single, Regent Street, Preston



Alexander "Alick" Fyfe ledger keeper and shopkeeper.  Cousin of David Fyfe above.  Died of wounds near Rouen, France, 25.05.1917; parents George and Emily Josephine Jessie Heyward (nee Fyfe)

Heyward, G

Single, Wood Street, Preston



Grover Owen, clerk. Shown in AWM as Heywood, brother of Alexander above.  He was wounded three times before returning to Australian in December, 1918; Born Essendon, died in Hawthorn on 24 November, 1953, aged 59 … "at his residence 248 Tooronga road Hawthorn East, ex First Field Company Engineers, Gallipoli and France survived by his brother Rex of Preston"; parents George and Emily Josephine Jessie Heyward (nee Fyfe)

Henkel, C

Single, Elizabeth Street, Preston



Henry Cyril, tailor. Although he does not appear to have had previous medical training, Henkel spent most of the war with the 1 Australian Stationary Hospital. He was wounded in the chest and left thigh in April, 1917 and the right leg in April of the following year. He was repatriated back to Australia in November, 1918.  HANKAL on Board. See South Preston Roll

Hill W

Single, Annie Street, Preston (now Asling Street)



HILLS, William Henry, plumber.  A stalwart of the Preston Football Club, his father William senior was groundkeeper at Preston Park and later hall keeper at the Shire Hall.  Hills archives are somewhat scanty and for some reason he did not return to Australia until March, 1920.  Annie Street is now the northern section of Asling Street. See South Preston Roll

Hills R

Single, "Tempsford", Cramer Street, Preston



No R  HILLS located, probably Rowland HILL per In Memoriam Roll, noted on circular as attending Northcote State School and a son of Rowland senior, a Salvation Army Minister who moved regularly arounf the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Killed in action 13/03/1917. His circular nominated Northcote State School, but given the number of times the family moved, there were probably a few schools which Rowland junior attended.

Hodcroft A

Single, 10 Warrs Avenue, Preston

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Lewis Turner, driver.  10 Warrs Avenue, Preston, brother of James and they were the only two of the name to enlist.  Both brothers appear to have been additions to the Board after the unveiling. Born Northcote, died in Fitzroy in 1941 aged 48; parents William and Elizabeth, nee Hall. Also South Preston Roll

Hodcroft J

Single, 10 Warrs Avenue, Preston



James, horse driver.  10 Warrs Avenue, South Preston. Sergeant Major, 13th Light Horse, Middle East. Returned February, 1919 on Special Leave granted to those that had served four years. Born Northcote, died 6 November, 1933 at Mont Park, aged 41 and interred Fawkner Cemetery … "late of Preston, dearly loved husband of Mabel, loving father of James". It is not clear whether his death was related to war service.  Also South Preston Roll

Holiday J

Single, Mary Street, Preston



HOLLIDAY. John Charles, driver. His father, John William also enlisted; he was then senior fire officer at the Preston Station and later a Shire Inspector. John junior was wounded in April, 1918 and returned to Australia in June, 1919 - he was noted as sounding the Last Post at the unveiling ceremony.  Also South Preston Roll

Howden H

Single, 53 Cunningham street, Northcote



Harold Charles, commercial traveller (dental supplies), (Military Cross and Bar).  Embarked Corporal, promoted to Major, 48 Battalion Infantry, died of wounds at Steenwerck, France, 05.07.1917.  He is also listed on the Northcote State School roll. Born Preston, parents Charles Alexander and Lily Margaret Howden (nee THOMSON); Charles Howden earlier ran real estate agencies in both Northcote and Preston, later removing to 330 Collins Street, Melbourne.  He was for some years a Preston Shire councillor for the Central Riding.  

Hughes C

Single, Killara Street, Preston



Claude John Mills, hat maker, brother of Harold John. A real mystery - he is listed as C. J. M. on Preston Memorial and National Archives have a file under this name (SRN 3807), but there is nothing in AWM recordsof his embarkation.  Archives suggest he was discharged on arrival back in Australia in May, 1917 after suffering a severe gunshot to the head (confirmed Leader, 30 September, 1916). Born Port Melbourne, died Heidelberg (Repatriation Hospital?) in 1980 aged 88; parents Claude John Mills and Emily Eliza, nee HOTCHKINS)  Also South Melbourne Roll

Hughes R

Single, Killara Street, Preston



Harold John Gibson, clerk, brother of Claude.   He spent around three weeks at Seymour Camp and was admitted to Base Hospital with corns, apparently as a result of a deformed foot and was discharged in June on medical grounds. Born Albert Park, nothing definite traced post-war, based on age he may have been the Harold Hughes who died in Castlemaine in 1971, aged 78, parents unidentified. Also South Preston Roll

Hutchinson, H

Single,30 Sheffield Street, Coburg



Harold, tanner. He was born in Preston and his sister Mrs B Dowling (Frances Elizabeth, born Preston, 1887)  in Gordon Grove, Northcote given as next of kin. He was seriously wounded at Gallipoli and returned to Australia for discharge early in 1916, Parents Alexander Mortimer and Frances, nee Jeffrey.  Directories show Alexander HUTCHISON in Wood Street

Jones, D

not listed Preston Memorial, not checked AWM

Jones L

Single, 21 Alexandra Street, Northcote



Possibly Leslie Theophilus Jones, killed in action 08/05/1915, brother Roy Hector died Macleod Sanatorium 08.02.1921 as a result of service.  Parents Theophilus and Elizabeth Booty Jones (late, nee Inglis), step-mother Mary Ann Jones (previously Robinson)

Jones R

Single, 21 Alexandra Street, Northcote

If the above entry is correct, then the R Jones was probably his brother Roy Hector Jones. He embarked as a Second Lieutenant, but appears to have suffered a nervous breakdown after being wounded in the face in October, 1917. He returned to his briefly, but his commanding office recommended Jones be relieved of his commission, describing him as "...  incapable of heading even a platoon under moderately fair conditions ...".  Jones was returned to Australia and admitted to Macleod Sanatorium with symptoms normally associated with gas poisoning and died there on 8 February, 1921.  He is not shown on the AWM Honour Roll

Jones R W

Not listed Preston Memorial, there are eight R W Jones listed as embarking from Melbourne, but none with an obvious link to Preston

Kerr A

Single, Wood Street, Preston



Albert James, Wood Street, Preston, Born in Whittlesea, enlisted Glen Vale. He returned to Australia in January, 1919 suffering a gunshot wound to the left foot. Died 10 June, 1944 in Melbourne … "result of accident  (Joe), of Dalmore, late 14th and 46th Batt., First A.I.F., son of the late James and Fannie Kerr, Preston, loved husband of Elizabeth, loving father of Olive, Ivy, Rita, and Betty", aged 50, interred Preston General Cemetery.  Parents James Spence and Fannie Amelia, nee NICHOLLS; mary Elizabeth Mary BRENNAN, 1936

Locke L

Single, Bruce Street, Preston



LUCKE. Leslie Rae, coachbuilder.  Just how he got through is a mystery, but his father Adolph Frederick also enlisted, even although he gave his age as 50 - he was discharged in April, 1916 after serving in Egypt with a Remount unit and died in Preston in 1941 aged 77 years. Although not on the Board, his eldest son Adolph John served initially with the Naval Bridging Team and after its disbandment, as a Sergeant with the 12th Field Artillery. Leslie Lucke was two years younger spent several months in hospital in England before returning to Australia in mid-1919. Born Kornong Vale 1896, death not traced; parents Adolph Frederick and Elizabeth, nee CLOUGH. Marred Winifred Myrtle MACPHERSON, 1922

Love C D

Single, Rosedale Avenue, Glenhuntly



Colin Douglas Grant, clerk.  Both Colin and James below were shown in Glenhuntly with the family previously in Jeffrey Street, Preston,  The school's Board actually had the brothers reversed, James shown as Killed and being awarded the Military Medal, the latter was Colin. Born Prahran, parents James Edward and Elizabeth Love (nee GRANT)

Love J E C

Single, Rosedale Avenue, Glenhuntly



James Edward Clayton, salesman. He survived the war without major incident other being slightly wounded in September, 1918 and is noted as still being at the Glenhuntly address as late as 1947. Born North Fitzroy, died Glenhuntly 16 March, 1954, aged 62 … " beloved son of the late Elizabeth and James Edward Love, beloved brother ol Colin (deceased. 1st world war) and Dorothy. Late of the Education Department.  Parents James Edward and Elizabeth Love (nee GRANT)

Love W

Not listed Preston Memorial, There was an Arthur Kenneth Love, 165 Plenty Road, Preston, the pair above had no brother W and it would be rare anyway to have two brothers with three given names and another with the bare one. Not traced as LOWE

Le Roy A

Single, Highett Street, Richmond



Not listed Preston Memorial, There was an Arthur Kenneth Love, 165 Plenty Road, Preston, the pair above had no brother W and it would be rare anyway to have two brothers with three given names and another with the bare one. Not traced as LOWE

Manallack, K

Single, 40 Lock Street, Coburg

Kenneth Kemp, saddler, brother of Thomas. Lance Corporal, Australian Army Service Corps, returned wounded December 1918.  Lance Corporal/Driver No 3 Company, Australian Army Service Corps  Born Preston when the family were in Jeffrey Street,, died in Hampton in 1971, aged 78 years; parents Thomas John and Maryan (nee McKENZIE)

Manallack, T

Single, 40 Lock Street, Coburg

Thomas Alexander, labourer, brother of Kenneth.  An intriguing case - his archives are stamped "Deserter" although no details are given. There are records of him being admitted to 5 General Hospital in St. Kilda Road with gastritis and a duodenal ulcer in October, the report suggesting he be declared permanently unfit if not operated on, but there is no further reference from that point.  An alternate series suggest he tried to re-enlist in 1916, but was rejected, almost certainly on medical grounds. Born Preston (Jeffrey Street), death not traced in Victorian records, although he appears to have been alive at the time of his father's death in 1942.

Mankey V

Single, 16 Station Street, Preston



Vivian Joseph, clerk.  He was the son of the head master at the Preston State School for many years immediately prior to the war., Joseph M. Mankey.  Mankey junior embarked as a Private, and returned unscathed with the rank of Lieutenant and (temporarily) leaving an English wife waiting to migrate to Australia. His father was listed in Station Street, previously Crawley Street. Born Boort, died Melbourne 18 March, 1952, aged 54 … " Dr. Vivian J. Mankey. of Malvern-road, East Malvern, beloved husband of Verna Coral and loving father of the late Verna.  Parents Joseph and Emily, nee SKEWES; married Verna Coral Ivy MACAFEE, 1928

McBeath W

Single, Wood Street, Preston



William Frampton, coach builder. He arrived in England three days after the cessation of hostilities and served for about eight months in France in the thankless task of identifying and relocating graves.  The State Library has a typewritten diary donated after his death in 1953 of McBeath's post-Armistice travels around France and Belgium, including a letter to his mother where he describes re-interring 200 Allied serviceman in a single week. Also served Second World War, still in Preston in 1942.  Married Ivy Florence UPHAM, 1924. Born Preston, 1899, died (suddenly) at his home, 16 McIvor Street, Preston, 8 October, 1953 … "dearlv beloved husband of Ivy and deailv loved father of Allan Norma and Jim loved brother of Don aged 54", interred Fawkner Crematorium. Parents William Charkes and Annie Eliza, nee FRAMPTON

McDonald W

Married, 23 Crawley Street, Preston



William Leslie, carpenter. He served with an obscure unit called the Australian Employment Company in transport. Post-war he served for several years as the secretary of the Preston branch of the R.S.S.I.L.A. Born Queenscliff, died Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville 1953 aged 68 … "... of 2 Powell Street, Regent, beloved husband of the late Minnie Evelyn, dearly loved father of Leslie and Jean (Mrs K. Wilson),interred Preston Cemetery. Parents Alexander and Fanny, Durrant; married Minnie Evelyn CATHIE, 1909 (sister of Norman Thomas CATHIE above, she also would have attended Preston SS)

McPhee L C

Single, 47 High Street, Northcote



The name was not included on the Leader list, but does appear on the final Board.  The first initial is a little hard to decipher, but he appears to have been Leonard Clifton McPhee, one of several of the surname from Darebin that enlisted - the family traced back to the Yan Yean district in the 1870s and around the time of the war operated a farm there and a large dairy in South Northcote. Leonard, a school teacher at Victoria Park SS, embarked as a Driver with the Army Service Corps, but in October, 1918 was sent to England and trained as an observer with the Australian Flying Corps and subsequently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  Born Bairnsdale, died 1965 in Kalaroma aged 70.

Three brothers enlisted : Allan Douglas McPhee, 7th Infantry, enlisted from the same address and was killed in action at Gallipoli on 8/05/1915; Sergeant Angus McPhee (Australian Flying Corps) and Corporal Reginald McPhee, Army Medical Corps and awarded the Military Medal.  Parents Donald William and Elizabeth McPhee (nee MCLAUGHLIN)

Mason H J

Single, "Roselands", Mernda



Another not included on the Leader's list when the memorial was unveiled, but appearing on the Board. Almost certainly Harold Joseph Mason, whose address on embarkation was shown as "Roselands", Mernda.  Served as a Driver with 2 Field Artillery, returned August, 1919. Born Mernda,   died Sale, 1977 aged 78, parents Joseph and Mabel MCLAUGHIN shown in 1906 as “marine dealers” (bottle mechants) in Plenty Road; married Mary Grace BARR, 1925 and probably a cousin of the McPhee family above via his mother nee McLAUGHLIN

Moncrief, J

Single, 913 Drummond Street, Carlton



James Dougal MONCRIEFF, electrician.  Father shown circa 1906 in Station Street, Preston. Born St. Kilda 1893, discharged early 1917 with synovitis in the right knee.  Born West Melbourne, died West Brunswick, 1964 at 73 years; parents John and Catherine FERGUSON.

Morath A

Single, 93 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy



Albert Arthur, dental student. He served with the Medical Corps at Gallipoli, but was repatriated back to Australia late in 1915 suffering from enteric fever.  He re-embarked for the Western Front and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1916. Born Bairnsdale, died Fitzroy in 1957, aged 62; parents Arthur and Martha, nee SCOTT; married Mary Patricia MAHER, 1945

Moseley C

Single, Wood street, Preston



Charles Ernest, clerk. He survived the war with the 23 Battalion unharmed, but is noted as spending two months in hospital in England before returning to Australia in October, 1919.  Born Fairfield, died Warragul, 1978 aged 78; parents Charles Ernest and Rosina, nee Beard; married Grace Elizabeth, nee MARCH in 1927

Mehegan, F

Single, Murray Road, Preston



Francis Edward, tanner, Broadhurst's Tannery.  Killed in action at Gallipoli, 20.08.1915, Brother of John below and there were a number of siblings and cousins that attended the school. Born Westbury, Tasmania, parents Edward Patrick and Margaret Kate, nee CULLEN

Mehegan T

Single, Murray Road, Preston



John Joseph, leather worker (probably also Broadhurst’s.  Brother of Francis above and the brothers were in turn cousins of Thomas William (Volume 2). John had several run-ins with authorities (mostly for being Absent Without Leave) before being wounded in the face and thigh in April, 1918. He was repatriated back to England and then returned to Australia in January, 1919. Born Preston, Died Preston, 1948 at 59 years; Parents Edward Patrick and Margaret Kate, nee CULLEN

Moulden H

Married, 40 O'Connor Street, East Brunswick



Harold Emberson, farmer.  Twin brother of Reginald below (The Leader at one point suggested Harold was the younger). He was married and in East Brunswick. Returned May, 1919 after serving as a Private with the Australian Corps Troops Motor Transport Company. Born St. Kilda, the family for many years were cattle dealers on the Leamington Estate just to the north of Edwards Street; died Traralgon aged 1976 aged 85 years. Parents Edward Thomas and Emily Moulden (nee EMBERSON); married Florence Palmer BOURNE, 1928.

Moulden R

Single, "Leamington", Spring Street, Preston Reservoir



Reginald Emberson, butcher and cattle dealer.  Returned to Australia in November suffering effects of malaria and died in the Influenza Hospital set up in the Exhibition Buildings 20.04.1919. He was not included on the AWM Roll of Honour as the Defence Department contended his condition was not due to was service. Parents Edward Thomas and Emily Moulden (nee EMBERSON). Another brother Walter (1885) volunteered, listed as an artist but rejected from service because of deafness),

Newton N

Single, Launceston



Archibald Egbert, clerk. Although the family was in Launceston, he was the son of long-serving (1899-1908) Preston councillor, John C. Newton, who at one time held the license for the Epping Hotel. Archie was born in Preston and saw action at Gallipoli  before spending the remainder of the war in a clerical position in England, reached the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, a decoration for exceptional service "behind the lines". Born Preston, 1892, died 1959 in Dromana, aged 67. Parents John Cochrane and Rowena, nee EMERY