Life of a hero dig­ger ex­plored

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

July 29, 1890: Born in Co­bram on July 29 to Nathaniel and Sarah Louisa (Wig­gins) More­house, who mar­ried in 1875. Lin was the fourth child of six and the sec­ond son. Au­gust 26, 1891: Bap­tised in the Church of Eng­land, Co­bram, on Au­gust 26. 1901: Lin gained his Stan­dard Cer­tifi­cate at Co­bram State School aged 10. Septem­ber 9, 1902: Older brother Charles Al­bert Irvine More­house died on Septem­ber 9 from pneumonia. Novem­ber 26, 1908: Lin’s fa­ther Nathaniel died on Novem­ber 26. Lin was just 18. Oc­to­ber 12, 1911: Lin sup­plies dance mu­sic in Co­bram on Oc­to­ber 12. 1912: In Novem­ber Lin’s mother Sarah More­house sells house­hold fur­ni­ture and re­lo­cates to Caulfield, Mel­bourne. Au­gust 13, 1914: Lin is ap­pointed sec­re­tary of the A.N.A. Oc­to­ber 1, 1914: The Courier re­ports a com­pli­men­tary so­cial night was held at the Me­chan­ics Hall in Co­bram to farewell Lin on his de­par­ture to Parkes, NSW. Fe­bru­ary 8, 1916: Lind­say Bartlett Chalmers en­lists on Fe­bru­ary 8. Lin is 25 years and six months old, with brown eyes, a dark com­plex­ion and black hair. Ser­vice num­ber 2466. March 16, 1916: Lin ar­rives in camp at Gee­long and is pro­moted to the rank of sergeant in the 19th De­pot Bat­tal­ion Gee­long. April 19, 1916: Lin is as­signed to the 29th Bat­tal­ion. June 18, 1916: Lin re­turns to 19th De­pot Bat­tal­ion. June 29, 1916: The Courier re­ports that Lin had been rapidly pro­moted to sergeant and had been on leave in Co­bram. It was re­ported that mil­i­tary train­ing had made a new man of him. Au­gust 1, 1916: Lin goes to the 46th Bat­tal­ion and is de­moted from sergeant to cor­po­ral Septem­ber 7, 1916: Lin em­barks from Mel­bourne on HMAS Port Syd­ney. Oc­to­ber 29, 1916: Lin re­verts to pri­vate on ar­rival at Cod­ford Eng­land. Novem­ber 11, 1916: Bat­tal­ion marched in to Wil­ton. Novem­ber 16, 1916: Marched from Wil­ton to 12th Tng. No/14 Camp Cod­ford. De­cem­ber 2, 1916: A post­card from Lin is sent from No/13 Camp Cod­ford De­cem­ber 18, 1916: Lin leaves for France from Folk­stone. De­cem­ber 22, 1916: Lin re­verts to pri­vate on join­ing the 4th Aus­tralian Divi­sional Base de­pot. March 1, 1917: Lin re­verts to the rank of pri­vate in ca­su­alty; on the same day he is pro­moted to cor­po­ral. March 12, 1917: AN­ZAC sec­tion al­lo­cated ‘‘A’’ ow­ing to du­pli­ca­tion of reg­is­tra­tion num­bers while in France. May 1916: The Courier re­ports Lin had been miss­ing in ac­tion since April 11. His mother Sarah was vis­it­ing Co­bram when no­ti­fied of the news. De­cem­ber 6, 1916: Sergeant L. More­house of­fi­cially recorded as killed in ac­tion. De­cem­ber 20, 1916: The Courier re­ports in a lengthy ar­ti­cle that Lin was killed in ac­tion:

‘‘The sad truth was cir­cu­lated around Co­bram and district last week that Sergeant Lind­say B.C. More­house, who was re­ported miss­ing in ac­tion about eight months ago, has now of­fi­cially been listed as killed in ac­tion, and the sor­row­ful news has called ex­pres­sions of sin­cere re­gret among his nu­mer­ous friends, also deep sym­pa­thy with Mrs More­house and fam­ily in great loss. Lind­say More­house was born, reared, ed­u­cated and com­mer­cially trained in this town, where he showed him­self to be pos­sessed of more than aver­age abil­ity, and it was pre­dicted of him that he would rise to a high po­si­tion. As hon­orary sec­re­tary for var­i­ous lo­cal clubs and in­sti­tu­tions he was thor­ough­ness it­self in all his work, and it was a treat to see the neat­ness of his books, also to note the promp­ti­tude with which he got out bal­ance sheets of ev­ery func­tion or move­ment he was con­nected with. Lind­say was pop­u­lar with all who knew him for what he re­ally was a painstak­ingly ca­pa­ble, nicedis­po­si­tioned young man and his loss will be long felt by many oth­ers be­sides his sor­row­ing mother, sis­ters and brother.’’

Pay­ing re­spects: Ma­ree Ho­gan in the Lind­say Bartlett Chalmers More­house died. field where

Lind­say Bartlett Chalmers More­house

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