Two framed honour boards with 62 photographic portraits and a set of index cards with information on about 1,800 Mosman WWI servicemen were acquired last week from a researcher in Canberra.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, contacted Mosman Library after a friend alerted him to our story highlighting ‘Lost Digger’ Sid Carroll in the Mosman Daily.
The honour boards resemble the three held by Mosman Library – one, two and three – in both style and presentation. They may once have been part of the same set. Most, if not all, the men pictured have a Mosman connection (we have not found any other common link) and no man appears twice. Both groups are titled “WITH THE COLORS”.
The provenance of the three honour boards held by Mosman Library is not known, and they are unframed. The boards acquired from Canberra are framed, and were purchased from a Melbourne militaria dealer in 1991.
We are looking at ways to appropriately conserve and present the five honour boards, and will scan individually the portraits on the newly acquired boards as soon as we can.
Names from the newly acquired boards have been added to the spreadsheet Names of service people recorded on local honour rolls and are reproduced below.
|Engr. Harry Snell||Pte. E.A. Stimson|
|Sapper Leslie H. Barry||Cpl L.S. Ironsdale [TROUSDALE L. S.?]|
|Sgt. K. Horne||Cpl. D.P. Stanton|
|Corpl. S.H. Bell||Pte. Bronson Hanslow|
|Eric Moss||Tpr H.S. Lang|
|Gunner J.E. Tristram||Pte S.E. Dingle|
|Pte. A.F. Tristram||Pte. S. Dewhurst|
|Pte. Oscar Hall||Sgt. Keith Gillies|
|Gunner R.E. Marlow||Pte. W.F. McGregor|
|L.Corpl. S.C. Flew||Signaller R.A. Etherington|
|Pte. E.D. Flew||Pte. A.A. Johnson|
|Gunner J.N. Angles||Pte. C. Sawyer|
|Pte. Jack L. Roberts||L.Cpl. Harry R. Austen|
|Gunner Fred. Parle||Pte. E.A. Wetton|
|Driver A.A. Purse||Pte. A. Callaghan|
|Driver J.S. Purse||Pte. F.G. Dingle|
|Gunner J.S. Gard||Pte. W.H. Kerr|
|Gunner K.R. Gard||Driver A.E. Kerr|
|Gunner E.H. Corbitt||L.Cpl. A.R. Cleverley|
|Pte. Roy Gorrick||Q.M.S. E.J. Turner|
|Sgt. T. Beer||Pte. H.E. Gray|
|Gunner Alan Oatley||Pte. N.J.W. MacMahon|
|Gunner Geoffrey Oatley||Pte. E.D.C. MacMahon|
|Gunner Jack Noone||Trumpeter C. Tilburn|
|Sapper Jim Noone||Pte. Hugh L. Paul|
|Sapper Ted Noone||Pte. C. Mansfield|
|Sgt. C.V. Dunlop||Pte. H.F. Garland|
|Gunner W.C. Livesey|
|Trooper F. Banza|
|Pte G.V. Gillespie|
|Gunner Frank L. Davis|
|Sapper A. Kernaghan|
|Lieut. R.A. Macalpine|
|Sgt. G.W. Macalpine|
|Pte. J. Madgewick|
Among the 1,800 index cards is this man who not surprisingly changed his name on enlistment.
The cards, based on research of paper records and microfiche conducted before WWI archives were digitised, will help us cross-check lists generated by computer.