1915 – Gallipoli

The Great War continues into the Gallipoli peninsular.  The first landings occur. The first deaths in battle happen.

The Maheno comes into the 1915 story as a Hospital Ship. It ends its story on the shores of Fraser Island.

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If you have details or photos on anyone from the missing photo list – please share them with us so we can update our records and keep their story alive. Please contact Robyn Dahl or Di Woodstock at the GFHS.


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Book Order

There are so many enlistments in 1915, they have been split into 2 parts.

Book 1 Jan-Jun

Book 2 Jul-Dec

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Do you know any of these people listed? Do you have a photo of them?

1915 Missing photos – Although we have photos of many of the Servicemen who enlisted during 1915 in the area, we are still missing some. We would love to have a visual record for everyone if possible. Can you help? If so, please contact us using the ‘Diggers Contact Form’ below.

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The Stories

Below are some of the stories from our book

RICE, George Harold  #523 & #2073  Driver

George was educated at Gympie and Mt Morgan and was an 18-year-old butcher when he enlisted initially on 31 Oct 1914. His service number was 523 and he was assigned to 5th Light Horse. He listed his father John as his Next of Kin and his religion as Anglican. He was discharged on 12 Nov 1914 as medically unfit. His eyes were brownish green and he had brown hair and a dark complexion.

His parents were John and Elizabeth RICE {nee LLOYD} and there were at least 4 children born in Queensland

On the 6 Dec 1915 he enlisted and named his mother as next of kin and this time he was a Methodist. He was now of fair complexion. It was also noted that he was her sole support. He was attached to 5th Light Horse but was transferred to 49th Battery Artillery. Embarking on the HMAT WANDILLA A69 Jan 1916 he headed for Egypt and then France. In France he was in most of the heavy fighting. He was discharged 14 Sep 1919. In 1920 he married Ethel Leavinia May KYLE and worked for many years as a butcher in Brisbane. He was living in Maroochydore when he died in 1989. His brother John Emmanuel #4799 enlisted on 31 Dec 1915 and returned home.

MERRIN, Norman Eric  #2945A  Captain

Norman was an auburn haired 18-year-old Labourer when he enlisted in Brisbane. He was born in Gympie on 17 Nov 1898 He embarked on 13 Apr on the HMT CERAMIC bound for Port Said then from Alexandria to England. He joined 31st Battalion in Armentieres in France. The battalion had just taken over the sector from 4th Seaforth Highlanders. He had several hospital stays for lumbago and influenza and also spent some time in Bulford Hospital. He was docked 2 days pay for the crime of being AWL for 2 hours on 12 Jun 1918. He returned to Australia on the ORINTA on 23 Jun 1919 and was discharged on 24 Sep. He married Helen DICK in 1920. In the 1938 electoral roll he listed himself as a tram conductor. In later years he became involved with RSSAILA and was their pension officer. He enlisted for WW2 on 8 Oct 1939. His service number was QX6296 and on his discharge on 2 Feb 1944 he was Captain. He died in 1971.

STEWART, John  #3842  Sergeant

This young man was aged 20 years when he enlisted in Perth on 4 Aug 1915. He had been born in Gympie where his father James had worked as a miner before heading to Western Australia following the work. John gave his occupation as a plumber and on 2 Dec 1915 he was sailing aboard the troopship Malwa heading to Egypt. He spent time at Zietoun and Abbassia in training camps before the big push to Marseilles in Jun 1916. During a particularly heavy battle near Albert on 5 Apr 1918 he was taken prisoner by the Germans and held at Giessen camp. During his time in camp his brother Gilbert (#304A) wrote to the Red Cross from his hospital bed in England seeking information about John. Owing to his discharge from hospital and the return to his unit the information crossed paths. He never found out about his brother as Gilbert was killed in action in Sep 1918. Following Armistice John was repatriated to England and then back to Australia. He died in Perth on 9 Nov 1982.

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