• Harold Stanley Fordyce

Army / Flying Corps
  • 37th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 10th Brigade
  • Private

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  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Birth

    Camberwell, Victoria, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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    • FORDYCE, Harold Stanley
    • Posted by FrevFord, Monday, 28 August 2017

    Born in 1889 at Camberwell, Vic – son of Thomas FORDYCE and Emily McFEE, who married in New Zealand in 1875 and immigrated to Australia in October 1888 on the Nemesis Emily died at home in Hawthorn on the 25/10/1910, aged 56 Thomas, retired Treasurer of the City of Hawthorn, died on the 17/11/1931 at his home in Cheltenham, aged 96 Addresses: 583 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn / 103 Victoria Rd, Auburn / “Akarana”, 23 Illawarra Rd, Hawthorn 1910 / 224 Rathmines Rd, Hawthorn 1914 / “Erlemont”, Victoria St, Sandringham 1919 / Deloraine, Fern St, Cheltenham 1927 Siblings: Minna Caroline b.1876 NZ (Teacher); Nellie b.1877; William Cleveland b.1879 (Teacher); Lena Mary b.1881 – marr F.S. BAKER – d.26/5/1956; Emily Dora – marr T.J. LOUTIT 29/12/1910; Gertrude May b.1884; Allan Roseby b.1886 (Shire Secretary); Edith Lilian b.1888 NZ (Teacher); Sara b.1891 Camberwell, Vic; Ronald Arthur b.12/4/1892 Camberwell (Clerk) – WW1: Stf Sgt 51, 1st Div HQ – WW2; Brenda b.1893 (Typist) – marr HARKNESS; Thomas Brian b.1897 (Farmer / Manufacturer) – WW1: Pte 2551, 1st Pioneers – d.1969 NSW; Religion: Congregational Occupations: Clerk 1912 / Accountant 1915 / Accountant and Factory Manager on enlistment 1916 Yachtsman – Member of the Brighton Yacht Club WW1: Enlisted 26/11/1916 and embarked 16/12/1916 on the A7 Medic as Private 2828A with the 6th reinforcements of the 37th Battalion – disembarking Plymouth, England 18/2/1917 Proceeded overseas to France on the 25/8/1917 and taken on strength of the 37th Bn 1/19/1917 Wounded in action on the 12/10/1917, receiving shell wounds to the face, and transferred through the hospital system to England, where he was admitted to the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital, Ipswich 19/10/1917 Transferred to the 2nd London General Hospital, Chelsea 14/1/1918 and then St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blind Soldiers 11/3/1918, where he was trained in Poultry Farming Returned to Australia on the Wandilla, embarking 31/3/1919 and disembarking in Melbourne 18/5/1919 Discharged from the A.I.F. 25/6/1919 Married Ruby Adelaide GRAHAM on the 23rd September 1919, at Hawthorn Born in 1890 at Shepparton, the daughter of Robert and Mary Graham, she died in 1974 Addresses: “Arran,” Bay street, Cheltenham 1919, 1924; Olinda 1925, 1949; C/- Thompson, Mt Dandenong 1954; Inmate of new hostel in Elsternwick Jul 1954: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/23418854 Poultry Farmer and Pigeon Breeder Committee Member of the Victorian Blinded Soldiers’ Association Travelled to the UK on the Bendigo, arriving London 25/6/1930 – returned to Australia on the SS Baradine, departing London 21/11/1930 Died on the 17th of August 1957 at Ferntree Gully, aged 68 Cremated at Springvale and his ashes scattered Winner (Melb, Vic), Wed 15 Nov 1916 (p.10): Yachting ………………………………………………………. Woollindra, belonging to Lieutenant L.A. Cleveland, will remain in the yard of the Brighton Yacht Club, as her last season’s skipper, Mr Fordyce, is going away on active service. Brighton Southern Cross (Vic), Sat 22 Dec 1917 (p.2): Our Splendid Men – HONORING BRIGHTON’S BRAVE Pte Harry Fordyce, well known in yachting circles, a brother of the Sandringham town clerk, lies in Ipswich Hospital with wounds in arms and legs. Table Talk (Melb, Vic), Thur 11 Sept 1919 (p.25): The cottage, given by “The Girls Who Stayed at Home” to Harry Fordyce, a returned soldier who lost his eyesight at the war, was handed over formally on Saturday, 30th ult. The cottage, with some acres of ground, cost £800, and is situated at Bay-street, Black Rock. The place is complete with fowl sheds and runs, and the new owner intends to go in for poultry farming and squabs. Mrs Cooke and Miss Daisie Gove have been appointed as trustees for the property. The money for the cottage was raised by the girls having an appeal made at the last few of their well-known entertainments for Red Cross and other funds. The total sum raised by “The Girls Who Stayed at Home” reached over £12,800. Table Talk (Melb, Vic), Thur 25 Sept 1919 (p.27): Ladies’ Letter Harry Fordyce, the blinded soldier who has been chosen as the occupant of the cottage at Black Rock, built through the efforts of the “Girls Who Stayed at Home,” is now installed comfortably therein. He is to take unto himself a wife this week – Miss Ruby Graham. A number of members of the Squab Breeders’ Association turned out in all the rain of Saturday week and pluckily worked through the downpour, building his fowl-houses and pigeon-cotes (or what they call squab-dwelling places), which was the finishing touch to his new home. Before the war Mr Fordyce was a keen yachtsman, and not only sailed, but built his own boat, at Black Rock. He is well known and popular in that part of the world, where his brother is town clerk. Years ago they were Hawthorn folks, when their father held an official position at the town hall there, so have many friends in the inland suburb also. Photo of cottage: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/146472123 The Argus (Melb, Vic), Tue 30 Sept 1919 (p.6): NOTES FOR SOLDIERS Helping the Blind An illustration of what may be done by associations for the disabled is afforded in the case of a blind soldier at Black Rock, Victoria. Being trained at St Dunstan’s, England, he intended going in for poultry and pigeon breeding. At the annual squab dinner of the Utility Pigeon Breeders’ Association, the suggestion that the association might give some help in such a case was thrown out, and taken up with the greatest enthusiasm. In a few minutes the association had volunteered to provide the soldier with 100 pairs of mated Carneaux pigeons, the whole of the material for a squab house and its equipment; and it was arranged that a working-bee should be formed to build the house and set everything in order. This has now been done, and the association, in addition to presenting the soldier with a plant worth between £220 and £250, has offered to market profitably all the squabs he can raise. The Argus (Melb, Vic), Sat 1 Nov 1919 (p.13): MARRIAGES FORDYCE – GRAHAM – On the 23rd September, at Hawthorn, by the Rev Frank Milne, M.A., B.D., Harold Stanley Fordyce, Sandringham, to Ruby, second daughter of Robert and Mary Graham, Hawthorn. At home, “Arran,” Bay street, Cheltenham, Wednesday and Thursday, 5th and 6th November, 1919. The Age (Melb, Vic), Tue 20 May 1930 (p.11): Blinded Soldiers’ Annual Dinner The Victorian Blinded Soldiers’ Association held their twelfth annual dinner and dance at the Victoria Palace……………………. Presentations were made to Mr and Mrs H. Fordyce, who are going abroad. The Age (Melb, Vic), Mon 28 1949 (p.2): The Country Show Has Something Different ………………………………………………………… Mr Ernie Hill came down for the day from Sassafras, where he has been working hard in recent weeks planting about 1,000,000 dahlia bulbs for a partially blinded soldier-farmer of the first world war, Mr Harry Fordyce, on a seven-acre block rented from the former chief health officer (Dr. C.R. Merrillees). Mr Hill, who has been planting the bulbs by hand with only one assistant, was glad of the respite.