Hunt for War Me­mo­rial Photos

Re­search into Childers lost pho­to­graphs of the war

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

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 maxand­kate@big­


WAR PHOTOS: Max Emery proud to dis­play his re­search at the RSL Hall at Childers.

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