04 August 2014

In memory of those from this parish who gave their lives in the Great War

On the western wall of St Mary Magdalene’s there is a mosaic depicting the crucifixion of Christ and underneath the words: 

“In memory of those from this parish who gave their lives in the Great War 1914 - 1919. EC Baines, GAG Barlow, LG Brown, RB Coad, CWD Cole, AA Cotton, WJ Egan, C Elsdon, KE Green, LC Hornabrook, HE Malpas, LW Pepper, AH Possingham, CK Robinson, C Suckling”



The war in which these men died started one hundred years ago. So that we may remember them more clearly, these are their names and histories. 

Ernest Baines
Private, 7th Australian Field Ambulance
Died 6 January 1920 in Australia at Bedford Park Hospital
Memorial in North Road Cemetery, Adelaide
Ernest died aged 26. A printer by trade, he served in Gallipoli and France.

George Barlow
Lance Corporal, 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
Died 21 August 1916 in France
Memorial in Piccardie, France
George worked as a clerk in Rundle St and lived with his wife in Hyde Pk.

Lewis Brown
Private, 32nd Australian Infantry Battalion
Died 19 July 1916 in France
Memorial in Nord Pas de Calais, France
Lewis was the son of Charles and Elizabeth. He was born in Wilmington.

Reginald Coad
Private, 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
Died 25 February 1917 in France
Memorial in Nord Pas de Calais, France
Reginald died aged 25. He was the son of Bennett and Ann of Maud St, Unley.

Charles Cole
Private, 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
Died 2 May 1915 in Gallipoli
Memorial in Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Charles died aged 19. He was the son of James and Emily of Prospect.

Albert Cotton
Private, 19th Australian Infantry Battalion
Died 15 April 1917 in France
Memorial in Piccardie, France
Albert (known as 'Bert') died aged 22. He was the only son of Janet Cotton.

William Egan
Private, 50th Australian Infantry Battalion
Died 16 August 1916 in France
Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, Piccardie, France
William died aged 21. He once worked at the Government Produce Stores.

Cuthbert Elsdon
Lance Corporal, 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment
Died 19 April 1917 in Palestine
Memorial in Gaza War Cemetery, Israel
Cuthbert was known as 'Bert' to his mother, sister and brother.

Keith Green
Captain, 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
Died 25 April 1915 in Gallipoli
Memorial in Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey
Keith was the scoutmaster of 4th Adelaide (St Peter's Mission) troop.

Leonard Hornabrook
2nd Lieutenant, Leicestershire Regiment
Died 21 May 1918 in France
Memorial in Pas de Calais, France
Leonard was the son of the Rector of St Mary Magdalene’s, Archdeacon Charles Hornabrook, and Mrs Anna Hornabrook

Harold Malpas
Lieutenant, 7th Australian Machine Gun Company
Died 7 August 1916 in France
Memorial in Piccardie, France
Harold died aged 21. He was mourned by his parents and brother.

Leonard Pepper
Private, 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
Died 2 February 1916 in Egypt
Memorial in Alexandria, Egypt
Leonard, known as 'Pep' by his comrades, died of illness in Egypt.

Alfred Possingham
Captain, 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
Died 8 May 1915 in Gallipoli
Memorial in Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Alfred died aged 31, leaving a wife, one brother and two sisters.

Christopher Robinson
Private, 10th Australian Infantry Battalion
Died 27 April 1915 in Egypt
Memorial in Alexandria, Egypt
Christopher died of his wounds aged 19. His headstone reads: On Australia's roll of honor, you will find our loved one's name.

Charles Suckling
Sergeant, 25th Australian Army Service Corps Company
Died 24 April 1916 in Mitcham
Memorial in West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide
Charles died of a fractured skull when his horse threw him after Sunday morning Mass at St Mary Magdalene's. He left a wife and two children.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory.


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