‘From the Bush to the Battle’ – Three passionate speakers on Ballarat’s involvement in WW1, on Tuesday 11 November 2014 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Humffray Room, Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute, 117-119 Sturt Street, Ballarat. $10 per person (Including supper)
Neil Leckie from the Ballarat Ranger Military Museum:
To speak about the 8th Battalion which was raised at Ballarat on 14 August 1914. Enlistment dates for men who served in this Battalion commence on that date and run through until just before their embarkation overseas, which commenced on 19th October 1914.
And more on Ballarat’s smaller WW1 units: 18th Australian Army Service Corps (18 AASC) and Ballarat’s Medical and Light Horse connections.
Tim Fitzgerald from Bendigo, Volunteer Research Officer:
Come and hear the story of Ballarat’s own 39th Battalion which was raised on 21 February 1916, at the Ballarat Showgrounds.
Enlistment dates for the men who served in this Battalion commence on that date and they run through until just before their embarkation overseas,
which commenced on 27 May 1916.
Yvon Davis – Project Manager, Mining Mud & Medals:
Will talk about the 4 year project Mining Mud & Medals, highlighting the role of men who served in various Australian Tunnelling Corps during WW1,
particularly those who came from the Ballarat Electorate, or those from elsewhere who came to study at the Schools of Mines in the electorate.
The Mining Mud & Medals Project is partially funded by the ANZAC Centenary Grant.
Tickets for the event are $10 per person (includes supper) and they can be purchased at the door or from these venues: Ballarat RSL (at the George Hotel); Dave Wright Militaria & Collectables (behind Dan Murphy’s) and Antik on the corner of Grant Street and Humffray Street South, Ballarat.
MINING MUD & MEDALS
P.O. BOX 171N
BALLARAT NORTH 3350
Sapper William John Lavars (1065), 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company, was a 40 year old miner from Creswick, who enlisted on 25-11-1915 in Kargoolie W.A. Killed in action 12 September 1916, in France.
We would like to add more details about this tunneller to our wiki and wondered if anyone has any information about him, or even perhaps a photograph?
Listed on the Creswick honour board:
Photo of original burial site via the Nation Archives of Australia.and photo of Australian War Memorial Wall.
Sapper John McInroy (3934) member of the 5th Tunnelling Coy as well as the 2nd Tunnelling Coy.
John McInroy was born at Horsham, Victoria.
After WW1 John McInroy returned to Daylesford where he lived with his wife, Frances.
(Photo taken by Clare Gervasoni)