World War 1

Middle Park WW1 Volunteers
This outline list (see pdf link below) draws primarily on the information provided by the First AIF Project. Through Professor Tom Frame the MPHG has gained permission to use this material.

After training in Egypt the 1st and 2nd Divisions fought at Gallipoli from April to December 1915. Back in Egypt the veterans of the Gallipoli campaign and the new volunteers were reorganised to form the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Divisions, which by mid-1916 were shipped to France for the campaigns on the Western Front. For these units Egypt has not been included under the heading of 'War service' to differentiate between those who were in Egypt primarily for training and those who, like the Light Horse, campaigned in Egypt and the Middle East. Later recruits were sent directly to England to form the 3rd Division.

'Effective abroad (still overseas)' applies to the date the original records of “Fate” were  compiled, probably late 1919. The standard service medals were: the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Where shown in the sources, only other individual awards are listed in these outlines. Wounds etc. are generally not given in the sources. It is highly likely that most of those who returned to Australia before the Armistice were afflicted in some way. The official sources give no information on children of the volunteers.

This list represents those volunteers from the area covered by the Middle Park History Group and therefore includes those from Albert Park between Mills Street and Kerferd Road. Because very few of the army service records give the address of the volunteer, the Next of Kin has been used to determine their relationship to the area. The full service record can be accessed by clicking on the URL link.

There are gaps in the records and some errors. The MPHG is anxious to hear from people who can provide further information on the listed volunteers, and, of course, to hear of others who as yet have not been identified and placed on this list.  For further information please email Member Ed Boyle.