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Compiled for Darebin Heritage by Brian Membrey

Preston State School (1494) : Scholars That Served (S)

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Marital status, address




Staley F

Single, 110 Collins Street, Melbourne



Not F, but two enlistments, James Edward and George Henry and both born Daylesford (1890 and 1893 respectively) with widowed mother Minerva ("Minnie") shown in Wood Street, Preston 1906, at 110 Collins Street, Melbourne when the pair enlisted. Both served with 2 Field Artillery. George was five years the younger and returned April, 1919, died St. Kilda in 1967, aged 73. James' death not traced   There was another brother Harold who did not enlist.  George was a clerk in the family's importing business; died St. Kilda in 1967 at 73

Staley J

Single, 110 Collins Street, Melbourne



James Edward Geake, importer.  The family appear to have used the Collins Street address for both residential and business purposes. James served with 2 Field Artillery and reached the rank of Captain,  He was awarded the Military Cross in July, 1918 and returned to Australia in March, 1919. Parents Henry Benjamin and Malvina "Minnie" Maria, nee BALLARD, born Daylesford, 1890. Death not traced in Victoria

Scanlon A

Single, 452 High Street, Preston



Frederick James?   Preston Memorial shows B, but no A or B embarked from Melbourne.  Frederick listed "friend", Mrs Annie Morgan of High Street as next of kin, but she died soon after he enlisted.  A brother, Herbert (below) also enlisted showing Mrs Morgan, but it appeared the brother's father re-appeared and there was a battle over the allotment of the brothers deferred pay.  

Herbert enlisted under the name  SANLON, 452 High street with a post-war Statutory Declaration that his true name was SCANLON and that he was under-age (his age overstated by a full four years) when he enlisted 16 July, 1915 giving Frederick SANLON at the Emu Railway Station as next of kin.  After the war Scanlon embarked on a career as a writer, eventually publishing some 17 short collections of short stories, poems and the occasional humorous episode which were sold for one shilling door-to-door by ex-servicemen.  NAA have him as having died 26 December, 1926 and his widow as Edith I, but neither event traced in Victorian BDM

Schultz, H

Married, 569 High Street, Preston



SCHULZ. Albert Henry George, baker. Although just 21, Schulz was married, the couple living at his parent's grocery and timber yard in High Street where they had been for many years. Schulz served with the 5th Field Bakery Unit and returned in August, 1919.The family originated with his grandfather Henry Schulz, born Hanover, Germany in 1836 an who came to Australia in 1854 and establishing a piggery and bacon-curing plant in Preston in 1869.  Several of Henry's siblings are known to have attended Tyler Street

Sheppard, F

Single, “Goolwa”, 5 West Street, Preston



Frederick Hurltle, photographer. He served as a mechanic with the rank of Lieutenant in the Australian Flying Corps. He survived the conflict but died at 31 years of age in the Melbourne General Hospital in East Melbourne on Christmas Day, 1924 following a motor accident … "dearly beloved eldest son of Louis Walter and Elsie Sheppard. of Goolwa. 5 West Street, Preston, and loving brother of Louis, William, and Clem, aged 31 years, late A F.C".   Reports of the accident reveal another man Arthur Reginald Renwick was killed instantly when the car Sheppard was driving blew a tyre and overturned, throwing both men onto the roadway – Sheppard was noted as a motor saleman with the firm of Sheppard Motors, Little Collins-street

Sterry T

Single, 5 White Street, Coburg



Thomas, motor driver. Starry faced a series of disciplinary charges and spent several months in hospital before being returned to Australia in May, 1918 and being discharged as medically unfit because of kidney inflammation. Also three-year old younger brother William also enlisted and probably attended Tyler Street but is not show on roll   The family were at 1 Tynan Street, Preston circa 1904-05

Sone W

Single, "Clontarf", 1 West Street, Preston



Wallace John, shown as a share farmer with an uncle at Cookardinia, New South Wales on enlistment  with his father  at "Clontarf", Preston, directories reveal this to be 1 West St   He  appears to have later moved back to N S W  where he enlisted for WW2 service with the Volunteer Defence Force.  Born Sydney, 1885, three later siblings born in Preston; died Henty, N S W , 1962; parents John Albert and Lily Catherine, nee OCOCK. His younger brother William “Billy”  Sone in later years ran sports stores in Melbourne and Preston and was prominent in the local Boy Scout movement with the 1st Preston Scout Hall in Town Hall Avenue named in his honour.

Steers H

Single, Benjamin Street, Sunshine



Henry Augustus STEERS, born Preston, family then in Wood Street, enlisted Sunshine.  Driver, 5 Infantry. A number of siblings are known to have attended the school. Married Anna Bertha FISHER in 1921; parents Henry Biggs and Lullis, nee JOHNSTONE; died in Sunshine in 1958 at 69 years