Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served".Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally devised to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I. Anzac Day is also observed in the Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn Islands, and Tonga, and previously was a national holiday in Papua New Guinea and Samoa
I have found several people who had enlisted and also fought for Australia in my family tree. Close to Home, My grandfather Charles Henry was a Rank Signalman WW2 Posting at Discharge SIGS 3 AUST DIV The 3rd Division was deployed to New Guinea in early 1943.
Charles Brother in Law George Millendon Bisdee ( My great Uncle) served for almost a year in the Korean war from 1952 to 1953 in the Royal Australian Infantry Corps 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment.
Charles Uncle Augustus Hahnel ( My second great Uncle) served in WW1 a Sergent in the 51st Battalion leaving for France/England/Egypt on 03 August 1915 and returning to Australia 28 February 1919. ( I have found Gus complete military records, with medical (even includes dental) and transfer notes and statements of service in a 20 page document.) Serving in the next war, WW2 is Gus' youngest brother Charles Richard ( My second great Uncle), he served for 3 years as 3 Aust Landing Craft Workshop Sec.
To the saddest find I have found in the family military history is my great aunt Lily's first husband, Kenneth Kroenert, was aged 22 on the enlistment form at the time of enlisting the 9th of November 1939 in the 2/11 Australian Infantry Battalion Rank Private, marrying my aunt on the 1st of December 1939, son Howard was conceived before being deployed o/s. He was a POW in Stalag VIIIB when he died after a short high fever. He was accorded a military funeral by his German captors, never to meet his only child. Lily must have been distraught and maybe not mentally coping, as she had given her child to Kenneth's NSW family to bring up as their own child.
Then on my fathers side, I have found my 2 x great Uncle Albert Russell Emerson who enlisted at the age of 20 years, although I was able to find a attestation form, I have no further information. Although I am sure that many more have served, I have not yet come across any more records .and with that,
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
For quite some time I had been stuck at my great great grandfather William Dodds, I had a birth date of 1853 and then the only other information was birth and death of his children and his death date.. I had found another William Dodds in Tasmania born in 1853, he was born to an Irish convict Samuel and a Sarah Gleeson. This connection was really hard to pin to William, there was nothing there. I was stuck. Years this dead end taunted me. Other lines, I have taken back way back.. here I was stuck with my great great grandfather.
That is until DNA broke down that wall. I was able to match with a relative who is descended from Isabella (William's widow) and her new husband John Boucher Hodges. After William died, Isabella remarried 3 months later, then they took of to Western Australia, for the gold rush in 1894. Four months after the death of William, Isabella had a child and named him Thomas Boucher Hodges. (Is he Williams child and named for the new husband as they were married, or did Isabella cheat on her husband?)
I had a match in my DNA and I messaged her and received a reply, after a bit of conversing, I received Isabella and Williams marriage certificate and I was able to piece everything together from there.
William and Isabella were born in Northumberland England and sailed to South Australia in 1876 on board the Trevelyen. I know from death announcement in the newspaper that William's brother joined him ( he was not listed on the Trevelyen, so he could have come before or after William and Isabella).
So now I have found William's parents, John and Hannah, sister Jane and his older brother John ( Who was a police constable in Adelaide). The search continues, who is Hannah, who is John, did they have more kids? so much more to learn, but I am so glad I have had this break through!
The family come from Newcastle Upon Tyne, so I can put my best Geordie Shore accent on and say "wai aye lets get canny mortal man!"
Wow, what a find! Last night I Was browsing my suggested matches on MyHeritage and came across this newspaper article, It asked is this a match?? YES!! Finally I have a little more to go on then a death date and a marriage and children's births and deaths! I got a lot to explore with this article, and I hope I end up finding the answers I need, WHO IS WILLIAM DODDS?
South Australian Register December 26 1893.
I guess you notice more when you set about writing the information down. I have started to write on my Dodds family and although I realised that Isabella Dodds (nee Middleton) remarried John Boucher Hodges (Mar 1894) 3 months after William Dodds had died (Dec 1893), I noticed that when she married she was 8 months pregnant with the birth of Thomas Boucher Hodges (Apr 1894). I have sourced records from BDM. Also writing the page on Dodds, I noticed that Albert Dodds ( MY Grandfathers eldest brother) was born 1911 from a newspaper article, yet I am now thinking maybe not. I have checked Electoral rolls, yet none of the kids have been listed on them. BDM Western Australia is not showing a birth or death record for him. Waiting to see if my uncle has any recollection of an uncle Albert.
My name is Davina and I have been researching my family history since 2011. I started with almost nothing but ended up with a wealth of information and I needed an outlet to show and display all the information I have found.