Hunt for War Memorial Photos
Research into Childers lost photographs of the war
IT WAS during Max Emery’s research into writing his book, the Soldiers Memorial Hall he discovered several anomalies to the names and photographs concerning the World War soldiers of the Isis region.
Several photographs were missing, there are also names of men: for some reason their names do not appear.
After 12 months of lengthy and often tedious research, Mr Emery finally arrived at the position whereby, with the exception of one photograph, he was able to replace the missing portraits.
The money raised from his book “The Childers Soldiers’ Memorial Hall and 210mm Howitzer” has paid for the research, of the missing photographs of Wylde Heather, which proved to be the most difficult to locate.
Mr Emery’s search, traced Mr Heather to Ireland and Scotland. There is a possibility Mr Heather may have come to Australia via Canada. On Mr Heathers Attestation Papers, which he signed in Childers on January, 7 1915, stated he was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Mr Heather may have come from Ireland and was known in Scotland as Bruce Wallace.
Mr Emery was disappointed, unable to find out more about Wylde Heather as he rose through the ranks to Sergeant.
Mr Heather served in Gallipoli where he was wounded in action and was later killed in at Hamel, France on July, 4 1918.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France.
Ernest John Hyde is commemorated in the Soldiers’ Memorial Hall, and in actual fact he was not killed in the war.
Mr Hyde was wounded in action in Gallipoli, having three fingers of his left hand blown off.
Mr Hyde was medically evacuated from the Peninsula back to London, he had enlisted in Childers on October, 5 1914.
Ernest John Hyde was discharged from the AIF, in England, on March, 18 1916 and on August, 10 1916 he was awarded a claim of 30 shillings ($3) per fortnight.
Mr Emery removed his plaque and returned it to the RSL.
The other men, Duncan McCallum, Patrick Randolph Plunkett and Adam Stevenson were all relatively straight forward cases, Mr Emery replaced the badly decayed photo of John Harley.
Duncan McCallum was born in Sydney and enlisted in Maryborough. Mr McCallum was killed in action in Gallipoli on June, 28 1915.
The book “Queensland Enlistments in World War I” states “His address, Childers.” Patrick Randolph Plunkett was born in Coochin, Queensland, and his mother lived at Wynnum.
Mr Plunkett enlisted in Brisbane and it is not clear what his connection to Childers was at the time and was killed in action in France on August, 22 1916.
Adam Stevenson was born in Falkirk Scotland.
Mr Stevenson enlisted in Childers, he also left behind a debt of 1 pound 10 shillings and 10 pence to M.J. Geraghty, Grocer and Produce Merchant of Childers.
Mr Stevenson enlisted in Childers and was killed in action in Gallipoli on May, 14 1915.
Mr Emery research will focused on the names of Isis men who should be commemorated in the Memorial Hall.
Mr Emery has asked if anybody knows of any other Honour Boards, please let him know on 4126 5253 or email email@example.com.
WAR PHOTOS: Max Emery proud to display his research at the RSL Hall at Childers.