World War 1

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BUCHAN, Robert

Service Number: 26
Enlisted: 29 December 1915, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 44th Infantry Battalion
Born: Comaum, South Australia, 18 May 1887
Home Town: Katanning, Western Australia
Schooling: Penola State School
Occupation: Shearer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 29 September 1918, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour


LADYMAN, Henry Claude

Service Number: 2882
Enlisted: 29 March 1916, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 10th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Huddlestone, South Australia, 16 March 1890
Home Town: Katanning, Western Australia
Schooling: Perth Modern School
Occupation: Wool classer/Farmer
Died: Died of Wounds, Palestine, 10 January 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Jerusalem Memorial


RING, William Manuel

Service Number: 1271
Enlisted: 28 June 1915, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Katanning, Western Australia, 20 May 1890
Home Town: Katanning, Western Australia
Occupation: Farm Hand
Died: Wembley, Western Australia, Australia, 21 May 1963, aged 73 years.


STANLEY, Thomas Brooke

Service Number: 981
Rank: Trooper
Unit: 10th Australian Light Horse Regiment
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Conflict / Operation: First World War, 1914-1918
Award: Distinguished Conduct Medal
Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 24 February 1916
Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: Page 457, position 13
Date of London Gazette: 29 November 1915
Location in London Gazette: Page 11901, position 2
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HOUSE, Dr. Frederick Maurice

THORNETT, John James

WARREN, John Campbell Dale

WOOD, Nathaniel Edward



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The AIF Project

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From the University of New South Wales

The AIF database is drawn from a range of official sources, including
personal files on the National Archives website, and Embarkation
and Nominal Rolls on the Australian War Memorial website.

World War One

11th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
Katanning men who sailed from Fremantle, Western Australia on board
HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916

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Oliver Oswald ABBOTT

Bernard Kingston BADGER


Henry Charles William BYRNE


Henry James LAWES

George Lee PYBURN

William James SHANKS

William Jefferies THOMAS

Nicholas James WELLS

Albert John WINN

Members of the AIF listed on the
Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey

Members of the AIF listed on th
Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper [Ypres], Belgium

Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France

Members of the AIF listed on the Australian National Memorial,
Villers-Bretonneux, France.
It only records those killed in France who have no known grave.

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The following story was submitted by
Stephen Bowes (Katanning):

George Herbert Brown-Ekin


Rank: Private
Unit: 44th Australian Infantry Battalion
Service: Australian Army
Conflict / Operation: First World War, 1914-1918
Conflict eligibility date:  First World War, 1914-1921
Date of death: 27 March 1917
Place of death: Australia
Place of association: Gnowangerup, Western Australia, Australia
Cemetery or memorial details: Katanning Public Cemetery, Katanning, Western Australia
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

Near the entrance to Katanning Public Cemetery in the Church of England Section is an intriguing grave. It belongs to Private George Herbert Brown-Ekins of the 44th Battalion A.I.F.
According to popular history, of the sixty thousand Australian deaths in the Great War, only one was returned to Australia for burial: Major General William Bridges, Commanding Officer of the First Australian Division at Gallipoli, who died as a result of a sniper’s bullet. So, why is Private Brown-Ekins buried here?
Enlistment papers show that George was a farmer, lean (170 pounds) and lanky (six feet one inch), with fresh complexion, blue eyes and auburn hair. He stated that he was 26 years and 11 months old and Church of England. He gave his permanent address as East Gnowangerup. George was born in England, at Weston, Hertfordshire to be precise. He had been apprenticed to engineer E. Atkinson in London for eighteen months before coming to Australia.
George enlisted on 3/10/16 in Perth, whilst staying at the Railway Coffee Palace, and was assigned first to the 16th Battalion before being moved to the 8th Reinforcements, 44th Battalion. Whilst at Blackboy Hill Camp, he was charged with overstaying leave by sixteen days. His punishment appears exceedingly light: he forfeited sixteen days pay. Such leniency may point to remorse and shame on the part of the soldier guilty of a first offence.
By 1917, the arrival of a telegram was dreaded by all next of kin of soldiers in service. The telegram in Private George Brown-Ekins’ file reports that this soldier died in Katanning Hospital on 27/3/17 as the result of an accident, and that the next of kin, his father, had been informed. As it happened, Captain E. Campbell Pope of the Australian Army Medical Corps had been in Gnowangerup at the time of the accident. He reported that George was attempting to board a train in motion and was thrown off into the cattle pit between the railway line and the road, breaking his neck. Captain Pope had George transferred to Katanning Government Hospital, where he was operated for spinal cord injury, but died fourteen hours later.
The verdict of a jury at the Coroner’s Inquest in Katanning on 2/4/17 was that no blame was attachable to anyone. The Acting Coroner was R.L. Richardson J.P.
Private George Herbert Brown-Ekins was accorded a military funeral and Church of England minister in Katanning, William Burbidge, conducted the burial. The undertaker was John Squiers.
George never went into action with the 44th Battalion, but like hundreds of thousands of others, he put his hand up to serve his King and Country, and in due course would have found himself on the battlefields of the Western Front in France and Belgium. That he did not may suggest that his eagerness to catch an already moving train from Gnowangerup station was driven by the resolve not to overstay his leave for a second time. He died a soldier. Lest We Forget.


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