Sapper James Hambleton 4089, was a 41 year old miner from Buninyong. He enlisted in Adelaide on 7 January 1916 and died of bronchitis 18 December 1916. He is buried in the Estaires Communal Cemetery in France.
Photo of Sapper Hambleton thanks to Danielle Duncan.
Other image of the Memorial Wall at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
The Tunnellers, or those belonging to the Mining Companies in WW1, can be hard to find but sometimes you just get lucky!
Wouter van Dijken posted a photo on facebook, of the gravestone of Sapper Percy William Hocking, 2nd Tunnelling Company,
buried in Flanders Fields in Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery, Nieuport, Belgium.
Percy William Hocking 2467. was born in Daylesford and lived in Wycheproof in the Wimmera District with his wife Margaret
and their 3 children when he enlisted in Bendigo. He was wounded in action and died on wounds on 18 October 1917.
Percy William Hocking has now been added to our list of tunnellers from the Ballarat electorate.
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(Photo of grave taken by Wouter van Dijken & photo of Australian War Memorial Wall – Yvon Davis)