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South Preston SS : Scholars That Served (Me-R)

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Meyer, B  

Single, 4 Harker Street, Alphington



Albert "Bert" Edward, sawyer   Died of wounds in Belgium, 14 October, 1917   The family originally were in Miller Street, Thornbury and his connection to South Preston may have been via the annexation of Wales Street  Driver, 8 Field Artillery Brigade  George Jacob (late) and Clara Meyer (nee LANE)

Milford, S  

Single, High Street, South Preston



Sylvanus Keddie, brother of Sydney below   1531  Volunteered for seven years with the Royal Australian Navy, March, 1912; renewed for another five years, January, 1920, and again September, 1925; referenced in a Department of Repatriation file (not on-line) with a Service Number of 1531 and discharged from the Navy, 4 August,1941 after serving as Leading Seaman on HMAS Penguin  Born Carlton, 1892, died Wedderburn, 1959 at 66 years of age, parents Sylvanus Reeford (born Taunton, England, died Coburg, 1951 at 91 years) and Margaret, nee KEDDIE  

Milford, S  J

Single, High Street, South Preston



Sydney James, butcher, brother of Sylvanus above  High Street, South Preston and served as 15136, with 4th Field Butchery Unit  Preston Football Club records have a James MINTFORD as serving, presumably the same man, directories show his father Sylvanus on the south-western corner of Bell Street  He appears to have been added to the Board after the unveiling   Born Carlton, 1894, parents Sylvanus Reeford (born Taunton, England, died Coburg, 1951 at 91 years) and Margaret, nee KEDDIE  married Edith Victoria JOHNSON, 1923

Mitchell G

Single, Malvern (earlier Hotham street, south Preston)



Probably Charles Gordon Mitchell, produce merchant, born in Hotham Street, South Preston and living in Malvern when he enlisted at age 30  Served as 12625, Driver, 26 Depot Supply Unit  The name is not shown on the Preston Cenotaph, but his mother was Elizabeth Jane Story, one of a family of well-known builders around Preston the late 19th century  Four sisters, two born Northcote and the two youngest in Preston   Born South Preston, died 5 June, 1953 Malvern, aged 68 … " at his residence, 66 Union Street,  Charles Gordon, dearly beloved husband of Ruth; parents Samuel and Elizabeth Jane, nee STOREY; married Rachel MINUSKI (1919)

Moate G

Single, 154 Vere Street, Abbotsford



George William, jockey  The family lived in Mary Street from around 1898 to 1905 and other children would have attended the school   By the time he enlisted, both parents were deceased and a married sister, Mrs Jessie BRITTEN was listed as next of kin  Moate enlisted from Sydney and served in Egypt, but was returned to Australia in July, 1916 after his unit was disbanded  He re-enlisted as George William Moate with a brother as next of kin and his own address as Randwick  Moate was later Killed In Action, but perhaps because of the dual enlistments was not shown as a casualty of the war of the school Honour Board  Parents Frederick Henry and Mary Moate (nee CRAGGS)

Moody, R

Single, 147 Plenty Road, South Preston  



Sydney  Roland, engineer  Sergeant, 2 Field Artillery Brigade  Born Prahran, 1896,  died Box Hill in 1976, aged 80; parents Sydney and Kate, nee DUNHAM, married Rose Veronica UREN, 1922

Murdoch, James A

The name does not appear of the Honour Board, but according to the Education Department’s Record of War Service, one other teacher, James A Murdoch also enlisted but was rejected on medical grounds.  He remained at South Preston and was noted in the Leader report on the unveiling ceremony as reading out the list of names on the Board. There is no obvious record of him volunteering in the appropriate National Archive, but the Leader in November, 1915 carried advertisements asking the parents of ex-pupils who were serving to make contact with him and supply names and year they left the school. He was also secretary of the local Scholl District Committee, responsible amongst other things for the organisation of the annual school sports at Preston Park

O'Brien, A

Single,   26 Seymour Street, South Preston



Alfred George O'Brien, brother of Francis Leonard and William Arthur (not listed),  shown as a farmer  Private, 1 Anzac Cyclist Battalion, later 5 Infantry, returned wounded June, 1918  Born Braybrook, died Frankston in 1961, aged 63; parents Francis Leonard and Sarah Ann, nee NEWTON

Another  brother, William Arthur, "Paddy", butcher at J  C  Hutton's and trainee priest enlisted in December, 1914 at 21 years - he died of wounds at  Gallipoli, 11 May, 1915, but was strangely not included on the school Roll  His was the first local death to be recorded by the Leader (although it proved others had been killed earlier)  His father Francis was superintendent at the South Preston Methodist Church   There were  seven sons in the family and all would probably have attended the school, the circular returned by his mother from 90 Hotham street simply listed “State School” as his education

O'Brien,  F

Single, 26 Seymour Street, South Preston



Francis Leonard, leather dresser and younger brother of Arthur George above      Francis was born Maidstone, 1899, died Tatura, 1971, aged 72; Parents Francis Leonard and Sarah Ann, nee NEWTON, married Florence ELLEN McINNES, 1922

O'Connor, A

Single, “Flowerdale”, Alphington



Probably Alfred John, 33 years of age and a horticulturist in Alphington (“Flowerdale” was in Old Heidelberg Road) when enlisting, but his mother in Livingston Street, South Preston from the mid-1890s as a registered nurse   Born Launceston, died in Mildura, 1969 at 86 years;  mother Agnes Amelia (nee unknown)

Another  A possibility is Thomas Albert O'Connor born in Preston who died of wounds 31/08/1918, born out of wedlock, but records show him being educated in St Vincent's Orphanage, South Melbourne     

Olle, F J

Single, Penshurst



Frank Jubilee   Schoolteacher at South Preston State School for some years and at Montague Street, South Melbourne at the time he enlisted  Died of wounds at Gallipoli, 31 May, 1915   Born Heywood, parents Charles (late) and Julia Olle (nee SLATER)

Ozanne, A F

Married, 2 Alexander Avenue, Geelong



Alfred Thomas Montgomery Madden, Brother of Eugene Charles, accountant  Elected Labour member for Corio, 1910   Defeated 1913, but re-elected 1914 and enlisted while still a serving Parliamentarian  Company Quartermaster Sergeant, 22 Company, Army Service Corps  He returned to Australia in April, 1917 with a defective left leg, the problem degenerative rather than due to being wounded in action   Died 1961 in Brighton, aged 84; parents Marcel Charles and Amelia Josephine (REINHARDT) The unusual family name originated from Guernsey in the Channel Islands   

Ozanne, E C A

Married, River Avenue, Collie, Western Australia



Eugene Charles Arthur, brother of Alfred Thomas, miner, enlisted Western Australia    He died following a bomb explosion at Gallipoli, 19 October, 1915   His death was recorded as accidental rather than as a result of enemy action  He and Alfred above were sons of Marcel  and Amelia Ozanne, one of their three daughters Ernestine running a dancing school in High Street for many years

Paarman, F

Married, 6 Rossmoyne Street, Northcote



Frederick PAARMAN, tailor's cutter, served as Frederick PALMER  He suffered an accidental knee injury in July, 1916 and spent nearly two years on light duties, including a stint in his civilian trade as a tailor  He returned to Australia to carry out nursing duties in April, 1918   His wife Bertha died suddenly in September, 1917 leaving three young children to be cared for by relatives in Northcote  Death not traced; parents John Francis and Margaret, nee NOBLE

Paarman, H


  14 Mary Street, Preston



Henry Leonard, coppersmith  He served as PARMAN, but the Honour Roll version is correct as per his brother above  Recommended three times for the Military Medal, one awarded for action in September, 1917  Noted wounded four times  Private, 14 Infantry, Born South Preston, died Bundoora, 1983 aged 90, parents John Francis and Margaret, nee NOBLE

Palling, A

Single, 30 Gadd Street, Preston



Aubrey, clerk  Killed in action 03 May 1917, Bullecourt, France  Palling must have been an exemplary soldier having being promoted to Sergeant in September, 1915, to Company Sergeant-Major in March, 1916, commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in October and then to Lieutenant in February, 1917  His body was never found   The Board apparently showed "A Palling" twice - it is  known that he also used the name Palling-Fox after his mother remarried and this may have caused a duplication   Born South Preston, parents Samuel (late) and Edith Elizabeth Palling (nee TOLLEY, later FOX)

Palling, R

Single, 'Anzac', Murray Road, Preston

Saturday 30 December 1899


Enlisted as Reginald Stanley Palling-Fox, driver  He was a younger brother of Aubrey (above)  Their widowed mother had remarried to become Mrs Emily FOX, and although Aubrey and Reginald were full brothers Reginald used the hyphenated combination  The couple's parents appear to have shifted from Croxton to Murray Road, naming the presumably new house 'Anzac', even although the landings took place less than two months before Reginald joined the colours   Born Preston, died 1983 in Brighton, aged 87;  parents Samuel (late) and Edith Elizabeth Palling (nee TOLLEY, later Fox)

Pepper, A

Single, 7 Rossmoyne Street, Northcote



Arthur  John Thomas, builder  Sergeant, Australian Army Ordnance Corps   The Ordnance Corps were responsible for the supply of ammunition to the front lines  Other than a brief spell in hospital through illness, Pepper served three years without any drama  Born Northcote, 1893, died Canterbury, 1974, aged 81; parents Arthur and Ada, nee BRANSGROVE

Perry, F

Single, 65 Carlisle Street, South Preston

Saturday 30 December 1899


Francis Hawthorne "Frank", labourer  Returned suffering from neurasthenia (a psychological disorder characterized by chronic fatigue and weakness, in military terms usually as a result of shell shock), October, 1917  Brother of  Rupert below  Private, 66 Infantry Battalion  Born Eaglehawk, 1894, died in Heidelberg (Repatriation Hospital?), 1962, aged 68 years; parents Robert and Rachel Robina Perry (nee GRAHAM)

Perry, R

Single, 65 Carlisle Street, South Preston



Rupert, tanner (Zwar's Parkside Tannery)  Killed in action, St  Martin's Wood, France, 23 August, 1918  Born Eaglehawk, 1899; died Heidelberg (Repatriation Hospital?) in 1962, aged 68; parents Robert and Rachel Robina Perry (nee GRAHAM)

Peters, L

Single, 113 Clarendon Street, Northcote



Leslie, bootmaker   Enlisted and assigned to 60th Infantry, returned wounded in the left thigh both parents listed as deceased and a sister, Olive May shown as next of kin at 9 Clarendon Street, in Northcote  "Deceased" is questionable – both siblings appear to have been born out of wedlock, Olive in fact a year or so younger than Leslie  There is nothing in Peters' archive  to indicate who gave permission for him to enlist under the age of 21 years   Born St  Kilda, 1899, death not traced

Phillips, F

Single, 134 Dundas Street, Northcote



Frederick Edward, wholesale grocer, brother of Harry James    134 Dundas Street was actually regarded in street directories as being in Fairfield, the section from Jones Street to the Darebin Creek becoming Thornbury circa 1958    Phillips also served in World War 2 (V368640) when he was still living in Preston  Born Richmond, died at Heidelberg (Repatriation Hospital?), 1985, aged 88, parents Frank Edward and Maude Violet, nee GRAYSTON

Phillips, H

Single, 134 Dundas Street, Northcote



Harry James, packer, 134 Dundas Street, Northcote, brother of Frederick above   He was wounded in the left foot in August, 1918 and spent the last three months of the war convalescing in England  Private, 29 Infantry Battalion  Born Richmond or Toorak, died at Heidelberg (Repatriation Hospital?), 1978, aged 78, parents Frank Edward and Maude Violet, nee GRAYSTON

Pike, F

Single, 123 Plenty Road, Preston



Frederick George, painter  Pike's father Frederick senior was also listed as a painter, but like many of the time was also involved in the retail trade selling paints, oils, wallpaper and general hardware  Fred  Junior was later active in civic and sporting affairs   He was wounded and taken Prisoner of War in September, 1917 and returned to England, December, 1918  Pike was elected to the Preston Council in 1934 and served until 1941, including one term as Mayor in 1938-39  Born in Preston, 1894, died Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in 1963, aged 69 years; Parents Frederick and Sarah, nee PEARCE

Pittard, A

Single, Hughenden, Queensland



Arthur Frederick, born Preston c  1888 enlisted as a 28-year-old  labourer at Hughenden in Queensland, giving his father's address as c-o Sydney Post Office, enlisted 13 November, 1916 and served as 6413, Private, 15th Battalion, parents William Vincent and Helena, nee Benson, the family in Gower Street near the corner of Plenty Road when Arthur and four siblings were born  Born Preston, 1889, died Temora, N S W  in 1951 at 61 years   Parents William Vincent and Helena Louisa Beatrice, nee BENSON

Pittard, W

Not  traced

Not traced : Arthur's only brother was John who did not enlist   Around 1892-95, there was Frederick William Pittard, shown 1892 in Bell Street who had a son William George, but born 1897 at Ballarat from where he enlisted and unlikely to have attended the school  The only other W  Pittard to enlist was from country N S W

Porteous, A

Single, 2 Clifton Grove, Preston



Alan Charles, bank clerk  The Porteous family where long-term residents in the Preston area and he embarked at the same time as Cecil Mathrick above, and hence would have reached England just after the Armistice was declared   Born Preston, died Swan Hill, 7 October 1946 at 47 years … "beloved husband of Joyce, and fond father of Ian, Andrew, Roger, and Murray"; parents Thomas and Amy Elizabeth (HUGHES)

Pugh, C

Single, 2 Yann Street, Preston



Clifford Stuart, shop assistant  Pugh was living with an aunt  Mrs L  Crook when he enlisted, she was named next of kin, both parents presumable deceased  He served as a Sergeant with 4 Machine Gun Battalion and was awarded the Military Medal and Bar (with Albert Madden, the highest decorated ex-pupil)  Nothing traced post-war  Born Carlton, Parents Francis Henry and Mary, nee Crook

Ralston, E

Married, 57 High Street, Preston



Albert Ernest, French polisher   Returned and discharged due to chronic rheumatism, January, 1918   Served as a Sapper in a Tunnelling Company  Born Northcote, died in Preston, 1960 at 70 years; parents John and Elizabeth, nee Beavis; married Annie BREWER, 1911  Probably a cousin of Robert below

Ralston, R

Single,   1 Flett Street, Preston



Robert Ramsay Ireland, pork butcher, J  C  Hutton's, 11 years   Ralston was officially listed as Killed In Action on 4 October, 1917 after previously being reported as Missing as at that date  His remains were never recovered  There were twelve children in the family, three of whom died before coming-of-age

Reid  J

Single,  Bell Street, Preston



John Clifford, fireman, Victorian Railways  Reid was wounded twice and returned to Australia, May, 1919 suffering from the effects of gas poisoning  No number in Bell Street was given and the family appears to have moved from the area soon after the War  Born Bylands (via Wallan), died 13 July, 196  Interred Footscray Cemetery; parents James Raymond and Jane, nee Coulson

Robertson, T

Single, 178 High Street, Preston



Talbot Preston  Died of Wounds, 07/10/1917  Fitter  He was the son of long serving Preston Shire councillor (and President of the Shire three times), Alfred George Robertson (J  P)    Later educated at Scotch College   He was wounded near Etaples, France  19 September, 1917 and died in hospital, 7 October

Robinson, C T *

Single, Mason Street, Preston



Thomas Carey, brother of Richarge below, clerk  Known as Carey, he was captain of the Preston Cricket Club when he enlisted and was their only casualty of the war, also a superintendent of the South Preston Methodist Church and secretary of the Preston Free Library  Lieutenant, 38 Infantry Battalion, he was killed at Passchendaele, France on 12 October, 1917      Parents George Edward (late) and Rachel Alice Robinson (nee Morris)

Robinson,  R

Single,  Victoria Barracks, Queensland



Richard Henry, woodworking machinist   Brother of Thomas Carey and enlisted Queensland  In 1904, Robinson was selected from the senior classes at the school to undertake a 12 month course of instruction offered to the school by the Preston Rifle Club  He served with the Field Artillery and was perhaps unique amongst the 330,000 servicemen and woman who embarked in that he was awarded the Croix de Virtue Militara First Class by the Romanian government  Born Corryong, died in Kew in 1951, aged 61 Parents George Edward (late) and Rachel Alice Robinson (nee MORRIS)

Robson, J

Single,  38 Hotham Street, South Preston



John Cook, bootmaker  He was wounded near Noreil, France on 16 April, 1917 and died at a Casualty Station eleven days later  Born Richmond, parents Archibald and Janet Ann Robson (nee COOK)

Rowe,  L

Single,, 12 Dundas Street, Northcote



Walter  Leonard, bank clerk  His father was a long-standing coach builder and wheelwright and carriage maker, originally in High street  Preston but then on the corner of Dundas and High Streets, Northcote  Walter enlisted in Melbourne, for unknown reasons embarked from Sydney  Corporal, 8 Infantry  Battalion  Born South Preston, died 1971 at Kew, aged 73 years; parents William Thomas and Clara Elizabeth, nee PHILLIP; married Ellen Ann Strickland WILSON,  1922

Rule,  C F

Married, Cramer Street, Preston (birth)



Charles Ferguson Rule, born in Preston 15 August, 1894   Enlisted with Royal Australian Navy, 5 December, 1914 for a five year term, HMAS Cerberus,  post-war married to Alma in East Brunswick and with HMAS Sydney and Melbourne  He re-enlisted  with Royal Australian Naval Reserve during Second World War as F/V94, Able Seaman, HMAS Leeuwin, discharged 29 November, 1945   Born Preston, 1894, died 18 September, 1956 (non-Victorian), parents Charles and Mary Anne, nee CUSWORTH; married Alma Grace COUCHMAN, 1919

Rule, R  F

Single, "Torresville", Murray Road, Preston



Frederick Richard, leather dresser   Born and living in Preston and earlier rejected in 1915, probably as underage  Born Preston, died Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, June 18, 1950 aged 51 … "of 46 Cramer street Preston dearly beloved husband of Lily and loved daddy of Amy (Billie)", interred Fawkner Crematorium,; parents Richard Sydney and Amy Sushannah, nee COLES; married Lillian Edith May FITCH, 1922

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