• Samuel Keith Jerome

Army / Flying Corps
  • 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 1st Brigade
  • Private

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  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Birth

    Goodooga, New South Wales, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia

Stories and comments
    • Jerome 1917 Wedding photo (AWM)
    • Posted by FrevFord, Thursday, 30 November 2017

    Description Visually impaired servicemen, all patients from St Dunstan's Hospital, London and many Australian, pose with a wedding party in March 1917. Identified standing, left to right; 2809 (Private) Pte Alan George Marshall, 16th Battalion, 722 Trooper Ernest Charles Matheson, 9th Light Horse Regiment, James (first name unknown), 3899 Pte Jeffrey Charles Murray, 11th Battalion, 2299 Pte John McNabb, 16th Battalion, unidentified, Davis (first name unknown), 2404 Pte William Harrison Smith, 22nd Battalion, unidentified (concealed behind the Matron), Matron Frances Hughes, Barrett (first name unknown), 24/335 Rifleman Jack Caradus Arneil, 2nd NZ Rifle Brigade, 2517 Pte Percival Alan Baker, 19th Battalion, unidentified, 1716 Charles McIntosh, 5th Highland Light Infantry (in civilian clothing), unidentified New Zealand serviceman, 3037 John Bullock, unidentified (concealed behind Strathmore), G. M. Strathmore, 3685 Pte William Alexander Blackett, 6th Battalion and unidentified. Identified seated, the groom, 1760 (later 1892) Lance Corporal Samuel Keith (Jerry) Jerome of Goodooga, New South Wales, his bride Marjory Clara Collins and two unidentified bridesmaids. Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan’s) continues to support blind and visually impaired ex-Service men and women today.

    Jerome Wedding (AWM Photo)
    • Samuel Keith JEROME
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 20 December 2017

    Born on the 7th of November 1892 at Goodooga, NSW (reg. Brewarrina) – son of Robert Samuel JEROME and Catherine Christina McLEOD, who married in Glen Innes, NSW in 1891 Catherine died on the 25/10/1933 at Goodooga District Hospital, aged 69 Robert, a Grazier of Koala Grazing Farm, Hebel, Qld, died 21/7/1947 at Warwick Siblings: Kenneth John b.3/8/1894 – WW1: Cpl 546, 3rd MG Bn – d.1970 Burwood, NSW; Mary G b.1896 – marr C.L. KENDALL 1917; Edna A b.1899 – marr G. OLDHAM 1921; Henry Alexander b.1903; George Victor b.1907; Wilbur Ernest b.1910 Religion: Church of England Occupation: Driver WW1: Enlisted at Liverpool, NSW 10/2/1915 aged 22 years 3 months As Private 1760 (1892) he embarked at Sydney on the A9 Shropshire 17/3/1915 with the 4th Reinforcements of the 3rd Battalion – transferred to the 4th Reinf of the 2nd Bn 22/5/1915 Joined the 2nd Battalion at Gallipoli 26/5/1915 – to Machine Gun Section, HQ 18/7/1915 Shell wounds to left arm and eyes, causing loss of left eye and injury to right, 8/8/1915 Lone Pine, Gallipoli His later description of his injuries (1954): “my left eye was shot away and the socket badly damaged, leaving my face scarred round the eye, the socket was so badly damaged I am unable to wear an artificial eye, my right eye is so badly damaged that I was practically blind, and still am. Also my left arm was shattered at the elbow and is set at right angles and is quite stiff, there are several large gun shot scars at the elbow which was practically shot away.” Transported to Malta on the HS Dunluce Castle, disembarking 12/8/1915 and admitted to the Military Hospital at Cottonera Embarked on the HS Panama 13/9/1915 for England, and admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth 21/9/1915 Transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield 30/6/1916 Admitted to St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blinded Soldiers 16/8/1916 – discharged 25/11/1917 Fully trained in Poultry Farming Married Marjory Clare COLLINS in the Mar Qtr of 1917 at Edmonton, England [Born c1890 – daughter of Arthur and Mary] Returned to Australia on HS Karoola 25/11/1917 – disembarking in Melbourne and then overland to Sydney Discharged from the AIF 1/3/1918, and living at 132 Ruby St, East Sydney Children: Clare J. McL. b.Mar Qtr 1918 Edmonton; Edna J b.Sept Qtr 1920 Edmonton; Jerome Keith b.1922 Edmonton – Aero Worker, came to Aus 1950 – d.11/4/1998 (late of Loftus, NSW) In 1919 Samuel applied to the authorities for free passage to England, and travelling on the Medic he arrived at Liverpool on the 4/9/1919 Living and working as a Joiner at Wokingham, Berkshire in 1937 Champion bee-keeper (hobby) Councillor, Berkshire, England 1939 The couple returned to Australia in 1953 with the intention of permanent residence – travelling on the Maloja, they departed England on the 5/11/1953 – their last address in the UK being Silverstock, Harwell, Didcot [Silverstock Apiary] The Maloja arrived at Fremantle, WA on the 5/12/1953 – the couple’s address in Australia was to be Flat 2, 65 Wairoa Ave, Nth Bondi, NSW Residents of 53 Gardyne St, Bronte, NSW in 1954 Marjorie died in Marrickville, NSW in March 1957 Following his wife’s death, Samuel returned to England, travelling on the SS Orontes, and arrived Southampton on the 5/7/1957 – his address once again to be Silverstock, Harwell Samuel died in the Sept Qtr of 1966 in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England Balonne Beacon (St George, Qld), Sat 18 Sept 1915 (p.2): Goodooga The war has secured it’s first Goodooga victim in the person of young Jerome. He was amongst the first to land at Gallipoli, but his turn came last week, when his mother got word that he was wounded – though not seriously. He was 6ft. 5in., 14½ stone, and enormously strong, tho’ only just turned twenty-two. Balonne Beacon (St George, Qld), Sat 22 Jul 1916 (p.3): Goodooga Dave [sic] Jerome jnr., who is still in hospital in England from several wounds received in the Lone Pine engagement, has at last been able to write home, saying he is better – a little – can see a little, and can use one hand a little. Sydney Mail (NSW), Wed 26 Jul 1916 (p.33): [Photo] Anzac and Tommy Atkins These soldiers were together in hospital in London. The tall Australian is Private S. Jerome, of Goodooga, New South Wales. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/160388334 Balonne Beacon (St George, Qld), Sat 26 Aug 1916 (p.2): Goodooga …………………………………………….. Ken Jerome, the little brother of Sam Jerome, who was so severely wounded while working a machine gun till he was literally shot to pieces at Lone Pine, and the son of Mr S. Jerome who had the luck at Currawillinghi land ballot, was also up on final leave. He is a Corporal in the cyclist’s corps, and, therefore, wears his putties upside down. Tho’ only 21, he is 6 feet and 14 st. 10lbs, and easily fills up all the corners of his uniform. To him – like Tom Moore – the hardest work in the training camp is a sort of recreation. They both sail very soon, the one for Egypt, the other – the cyclist corps unit – for England. May they both come home sound and get the best blocks of land available. Sydney Mail (NSW), Wed 29 May 1918 (p.20): A WESTERN TOWNSHIP’S FINE RECRUITING RECORD [Photo] https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/159027334 The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Wed 5 Jun 1935 (p.13): JUBILEE TRUST FUND £47,155 from Blinded Soldiers LONDON, June 3 At the jubilee gathering of the Empire’s blinded soldiers in the Albert Hall to-day, Sir Ian Fraser, chairman of the Executive Council of St Dunstan’s Institute for the Blind, presented to the Prince of Wales a cheque for £47,155, the gift of the blinded soldiers to the Jubilee Trust Fund. Every war-time army in the Empire was represented, one man from each being personally introduced to the Prince of Wales, including a blinded Anzac, Samuel Keith Jerome. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Thur 22 Apr 1937 (p.12): ANZAC DAY War-blinded Australians to March LONDON OBSERVANCE LONDON, April 21 Six war-blinded Australian ex-servicemen, who are under the care of St Dunstan’s Hospital, will join the Australian and New Zealand coronation contingents on Anzac Day. They will march with sighted escorts to St Paul’s, and from there they will go to the Cenotaph, where they will place a wreath on behalf of St Dunstan’s. …………………………………………………………………………. THE MEN AND THEIR LIFE TO-DAY …………………………………………………………………………. The other three blinded men did not return to Australia after the war. They have settled in England, and are carrying on work for which they were trained at St Dunstan’s. …………………………….. S.K. Jerome, 2nd Battalion, A.I.F., is now a joiner. He lives at Woringham [sic] and enjoys bee-keeping as a hobby. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/17361951 Examiner (Launceston, Tas), Sat 5 Aug 1939 (p.2): OUR LONDON LETTER Blind Athletes A few days after Henley another regatta was held on the Thames. Sixteen races were rowed by 60 competitors, many of whom reached a high degree of competence, and it was difficult for spectators to realise that every oarsman was blind. This regatta is one of many activities indulged in by war-blinded men who are now starting a big keep-fit drive among the sightless in Britain. Prominent in this campaign is Mr S.K. Jerome, an Australian who now keeps bees in Berkshire. Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW), Thur 26 Oct 1939 (p.2): BLIND ARE OUT TO OVERCOME THEIR FEARS A champion bee-keeper and a shot putter, an expert shoe repairer and a record-winning athlete – all blind – are among the persons planning a combined open-air camp and exhibition at Blackpool. ……………………………………………… Two of his closest friends are Councillor S.K. Jerome, a champion bee-keeper in Berkshire, and ….. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/48331291 Notes: [Application for free passage to England in 1919] https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1256301 The Couier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld), Fri 27 Oct 1933 (p.12): DEATHS JEROME – On October 25th, at Goodooga, Catherine Christina, aged 69 years, beloved wife of Robert Samuel Jerome, of Koala, Hebel, leaving Husband, grown family, five Sons and two Daughters. Narromine News and………..(NSW), Fri 3 Nov 1933 (p.6): Brewarrina The death took place in the Goodooga District Hospital on Thursday last of Mrs C.C. Jerome, wife of Mr S. Jerome, of Kia-ora [sic] Station, Hebel (Q.). Deceased was 65 years of age, and had been a resident of the Goodooga and Hebel districts for many years. Father’s Obit 1947: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/213770630