• Percy Driscoll

Army / Flying Corps
  • 4th Australian Divisional Cyclist Company
  • 6th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 2nd Brigade
  • Lance-Corporal
  • Corporal
  • Private

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Birth

    Mount Gambier, SA, Australia

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    • DRISCOLL, Percy
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 17 August 2017

    Born John Mather Driscoll on the 18th of January 1885 at Mount Gambier, SA – son of John Jeremiah DRISCOLL and Elizabeth Fairbairn MATHER – who married at Mt Gambier 25/12/1871 Siblings (7) Married Ethel M(aud) FOLEY on the 24th of June 1909 at Waterloo, NSW Ethel was resident in Sydney during the war years Occupation: Steward WW1: Enlisted in Melbourne on the 6/7/1915 and embarked on the A40 Ceramic as Private 3729 with the 12th Reinforcements of the 6th Battalion on the 23/11/1915 for Egypt Admitted to hospital 20/1/1916 to 16/3/1916 (VD) – then re-admitted with Pyrexia Taken on strength of the 4th Division Cyclists Coy 19/4/1916 Appointed Lance Corporal 22/5/1916 Embarked at Alexandria on the Kinfauns Castle 2/6/1916 to join the B.E.F. and disembarked at Marseilles, France 8/6/1916 Promoted to Corporal 1/7/1916 and transferred to the 1st Anzac Cyclist Battalion 9/7/1916 Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request 15/1/1918 Transferred to the 6th Battalion 25/1/1918 Admitted to hospital with Scabies 21/2/1918 until 27/2/1918, and rejoined his Unit 1/3/1918 Wounded in the head and left eye on the 23/8/1918 and transferred through the hospital system, embarking on the Panama for the UK 6/9/1918, where he was admitted to the 4th London General Hospital, Denmark Hill on the 7/9/1918 Admitted to St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blind Soldiers on the 1/1/1919 where he was trained in Joinery and Netting – being granted various periods of Leave during his course Returned to Australia on the HS Kanowna, embarking 28/8/1919 – admitted to the ship’s isolation ward with VD 1/9/1919 – 17/9/1919, and disembarked in Sth Australia 20/10/1919 Discharged from the A.I.F. in SA 23/4/1920 1922: resident Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield, Vic In 1924 Percy was listed as a Confectioner and he and Ethel were living at The Delight, Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield 1925: Pensioner (on his own) at 6 Auburn Grove, Armadale – and then 12 Baldwin St, Malvern, 1925 to 1943 Committee member of the Victorian Blinded Soldiers’ Association 1928 Married Teresa Adela HAWEIS in 1942 Vic [Born in 1883 Newtown, NSW – she died in 1962, aged 79] Died suddenly on the 22nd of August 1943 at his home in Baldwin St, Malvern, Vic Buried in the New Cheltenham Cemetery, Vic Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA), Wed 18 Aug 1915 (p.3): ENLISTMENTS FOR THE WAR Mr Percy J.M. Driscoll, a son of Mr J.J. Driscoll, of Mount Gambier, has enlisted, and is now in the camp for recruits at Ascot Vale, near Melbourne. Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA), Fri 24 Jan 1919 (p.2): LETTER FROM A WOUNDED SOLDIER There are a good many at Mount Gambier who will remember Percy Driscoll, son of Mr J.J. Driscoll, of this town. He enlisted in Melbourne early in the war, and saw a great deal of severe fighting. He then had the misfortune to be struck in the face by a bullet, which went through a part of his head, ruined one eye, and injured the other. Although given every attention in England, it is feared he will never regain the full strength of his remaining eye. Writing from the 4th London General Hospital on November 21 last to his parents here he says: – “I will try and give you a big bit of news in brief, and hope you will not be worried by it, as things are really not so bad as it might make you believe. As Jack Hosking will be with you as soon as this letter he will tell you just how I am. It was not until the day after I saw him that I had the following information given me by the doctor. He says that I will always have enough sight to see to get about, but as I am unable to read or follow any pre-war occupations he has recommended me for a course at St Dunstan’s College for the Blind. There I shall learn a trade and be made practically independent. The only thing to be regretted is that I shall probably not reach home until about this time next year; but I will then be in a position to earn my own living. There is nothing absolutely definite yet, but I have had all particulars taken and started to learn type writing, and reading with my fingers, a system called Braille. I thank God I’ve got enough sight to go for short walks. I am very comfortable. The only thing is having to wait so long to see you all after expecting to be home before Easter, as I otherwise would, but this will be for the best, and will give me a good trade to follow.” Priv. P. Driscoll is a married man. His wife resides in Sydney. They have no family. 1924 Blind soldiers dance, Prahran: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/140758314 1928 Committee of Vic Blinded Soldiers’ Association: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/3929709 1936 Conference in Adelaide: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/132034252 The Age (Melb, Vic), Mon 23 Aug 1943 (p.7): DEATHS DRISCOLL – On August 22, at his residence, John (Percy), beloved husband of Teresa Driscoll. Sadly missed. FUNERAL NOTICES DRISCOLL – The Funeral of the late Mr JOHN (Percy) DRISCOLL will leave 12 Baldwin-street, Armadale, TO-MORROW, at 3.30 p.m., for the New Cheltenham Cemetery. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Tue 24 Aug 1943 (p.10): FUNERAL NOTICES DRISCOLL – Members of the Blinded Soldiers’ Association are requested to attend the Funeral of their late Member, PERCY DRISCOLL, to leave 12 Baldwyn street, Armadale, THIS DAY, at 3.30 p.m., for the New Cheltenham Cemetery. P.J. LYNCH, President. Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA), Tue 31 Aug 1943 (p.4): DEATHS DRISCOLL – On 22nd August, 1943 at Melbourne, Perce J. Driscoll, third son of the late Mr and Mrs J.J. Driscoll, of Mount Gambier. Aged 58 years. (Suddenly) Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA), Thur 2 Sept 1943 (p.2): OBITUARY Mr Perce J. Driscoll Mr Perc J. Driscoll, who died in Melbourne on Monday, August 22, was a son of the late Mr and Mrs John J. Driscoll, pioneer resident of Mount Gambier. He was born in Mount Gambier 58 years ago. He was a member of the A.I.F. in the last war, and spent three and a half years at the front. During one of the last charges of the Australians in France he was severely wounded in the eyes and eventually he went totally blind. His wife was Miss Teresa Hoyes [sic], of Melbourne, and she survives him. There was no family. He leaves two brothers and four sisters. The brothers are Frank, Rosaville, and Clare, Tailem Bend. The sisters are Mrs J. Sincock, Mrs E. Hosking, Mrs A. Wood, Adelaide, and Miss Bessie Driscoll, Mount Gambier. Another sister, Mrs F. Drew, pre-deceased him. Notes: Driscoll family photo – SLSA: http://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/B+17003 http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/208454537?q=%22percy+driscoll%22&c=picture&versionId=228746896 [1924 also has an Electoral Roll entry for: Percy, Bookkeeper, and Theresa living 139 Kerferd Rd, Albert Park] [an Ethel Maude Driscoll died 1969 Newcastle, NSW, aged 90]