Family who served in WW1

Edmund Fraser Parkes
Edmund Fraser Parkes

Edmund Fraser Parkes

Service Number: 15
Rank: Private
Unit: 8th Light Horse Regiment
Enlistment date: 8 September 1914
Fate: Returned to Australia 3 July 1919

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Frank Spreadborough (Left), Edmund Fraser Parkes (Right)

Frank Spreadborough

Service Number: 549
Rank: Private
Enlistment date: 8 LHR [Light Horse Regiment]

Wilfred Lorimer Thomas Colclough
Wilfred Lorimer Thomas Colclough

Wilfred Lorimer Thomas Colclough

Killed in Action

Service Number: 5561
Rank: Lance Corporal
Unit: 24th Australian Infantry Battalion
Date of death: 29 August 1918
Place of death: France
Cause of death: Died of wounds
Age at death: 24
On 17 August 1918 he was wounded in action for a second time but remained on duty. Five days later Lorry was promoted to Lance Corporal, but his good fortune was about to expire. On 28 August 1918 he received a third wound, a ‘G.S.W.’ [gunshot wound] to the chest and right arm. Lieutenant Percy Salmon, who was killed a few days later, wrote of Colclough’s wound: ‘It happened while we were on a daylight patrol. We ran into a nest of machine guns that had been waiting for us, and W.L. Colclough was hit by a machine gun bullet in the right side.’ Lorimer was admitted to the 61st Casualty Clearing Station, but died there the following day. Testimony in his Red Cross Wounded and Missing file confirms that he was wounded on a daylight patrol, though all other eyewitnesses said ‘Col’ was hit in the stomach by a machine gun bullet or a sniper’s bullet. The CCS said he had a shell wound to the chest. The effects transferred to his mother after the war included ‘1 Pr Spectacles (broken).

Uncle Bert Colclough
Herbert George Howe Colclough

Herbert George Howe Colclough

Regimental number 5935
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 24th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
War service: Western Front
While with 58 Battalion at Polygon Wood, he was wounded in the right knee and neck but recovered well and returned to his unit only to sustain an inguinal hernia that eventually caused his repatriation to Australia.

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John James Graham Colclough

John James Graham Colclough

Service Number: 5073
Rank: Sergeant
Unit: 58th Australian Infantry Battalion
Service: Australian Imperial Force
Award: Belgian Croix de Guerre

Ernest Morton Rolfe 
Ernest Morton Rolfe

Ernest Morton Rolfe

Killed in Action

Regimental number 3621
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 23rd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
Date of death: 5 August 1916
Age at death: 35
3621 Private
A resident of Brighton & Gadenvale, Victoria had been engaged in farming at the time of his enlistment for War Service on the 6th of September 1915 at the age of 34. Ernest was allocated to reinforcements for the 23rd Battalion 1st AIF, but prior to embarking for Egypt on the 5th of Janurary 1916 he was transferred over to the 24th Battalion. After further training Ernest was shipped to France, arriving on the 26th of March 1916, and soon entered the trenches with his Battalion in the vicinity of Mouquet Farm. Surviving this action unscathed Ernest’s Battalion was then committed to the fighting around Pozieres, and it was here that Ernest was Killed in Action on the 5th of August 1916, aged 35. Private Rolfe was noted to have been buried in the vicinity of Pozieres, but due to futher action in the locality of his burial, his actual gravesite became lost, and following War’s end there was still no trace of his place of burial. Owing to this Ernest was officially commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France, where those members of the 1st AIF who have no actual grave in Northern France have been recorded. Ernest’s mother had her son’s loss during The Great War privatley memorialised at the familly’s collective gravesite within St.Kilda General Cemetery, Victoria.

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Leonard Parkes Rogers

Leonard Parkes Rogers

Killed in Action

Service Number: 4583
Rank: Private
Unit: 59th Australian Infantry Battalion
Date of death: 26 September 1917
Place of death: Belgium
Age at death: 24

John (Jack) Graham Antill Pockley
John (Jack) Graham Antill Pockley

John (Jack) Graham Antill Pockley

Killed in Action

Rank: Lieutenant
Unit: 33rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Date of death: 30 March 1918
Place of death: France
Age at death: 26

Archibald Palmer
Archibald Palmer

Archibald Palmer

Service Number: 279
Rank: Private
Unit: 8 Infantry Battalion (B Company)
They took part in the Landing at Anzac Cove, coming ashore as part of the second wave on 25 April 1915.