• John Stewart Latham

Army / Flying Corps
  • 2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • 1st Light Horse Brigade
  • Private

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

    Bald Hills, QLD, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

  • Born at Bald Hills, Queensland, Australia

    Friday, 9 October 1885

  • Enlistment WW1 - Brisbane, Queensland

    Saturday, 5 September 1914

  • Embarked at Sydney on HMAT A42 Boorara

    Sunday, 20 December 1914

  • Proceeded ex Alexandria to join MEF at Gallipoli

    Sunday, 9 May 1915

  • Wounded in action at Gallipoli (GSW cheek)

    Thursday, 2 September 1915

  • Admitted St Elmo Hospital, Valetta, Malta

    Thursday, 9 September 1915

  • Embarked at Malta for Egypt on HMAT A14 Euripides

    Thursday, 20 January 1916

  • Detached to AASC, Egypt

    Saturday, 19 February 1916 - Tuesday, 4 April 1916

  • Joined 2ALHR at Mazar

    Tuesday, 27 February 1917

  • Travelled from Suez to Sydney, Australia on HT Port Darwin

    Friday, 15 November 1918 - Thursday, 26 December 1918

  • Discharged from AIF in Brisbane

    Friday, 26 December 1919

  • Married Kate Gladys Mackie at Taringa, Brisbane

    Saturday, 11 September 1920

  • Married Marian Joan Briggs at Cunnamulla

    Friday, 22 December 1922

  • Passed away in Brisbane

    Saturday, 30 May 1964

Stories and comments
    • John Stewart LATHAM AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Wednesday, 25 March 2020

    John Stewart LATHAM Rank Reg/Ser No DOB Enlisted Discharge/Death Board Pte 628 28y11m 2 Sep 1914 26 Feb 1919 1 John Stewart Latham (1885 - 1964) Latham Brothers Booklet The Latham Family of Murgon John Stewart and his wife Jane née Duncan were amongst the pioneering settlers at Bald Hills in 1857. Earlier in that year, excessive flooding in the Hunter River area of New South Wales had caused them to seek new holdings. The virgin soil near two hills to the north of Brisbane was recommended to them. The Stewarts and Duncans were Scottish families who within six years built there a Presbyterian church of simple slab construction. John and Jane Stewart’s children, one of whom was Jessie attended the little Bald Hills School, the fourth state school in Queensland. A young man called Samuel Latham, a farmer, came to Australia from Shrewsbury in Shropshire, England and in 1883 married nineteen year old Jessie Stewart of Bald Hills. The family of Samuel and Jessie Latham numbered eleven, the eldest of whom, Annie and her brothers John Stewart and William Alfred were born at Bald Hills. Samuel and Jessie Latham and family later took up farming in the Murgon District. Mrs Jessie Latham died there in 1921 and Mr Samuel Latham had reached the age of 84 years when he died at his Murgon residence called Redgate in 1943. This is the story of their son, "Jack" Latham. Early life John (Jack) Stewart Latham was born on 9 October 1885 at Bald Hills, first son of Samuel Latham, a farmer, and Jessie née Stewart. Jack’s family lived at Murgon but when he was old enough to earn a living he moved to Brisbane. He was living at Riverview Terrace, Toowong in 1908 while working as an ironmonger. His occupation in 1913 was traveller. In 1914 when war broke out Jack Latham had returned to live at Bald Hills and was employed as a grocer’s shop assistant. Enlistment Then aged 30 years and still single, he enlisted in Brisbane to serve in the Australian Imperial Force on 5 September 1914. Private Jack Latham was allocated to the 2nd Light Horse Regiment with regimental number 628. He gave his father’s name as next-of-kin and his religious denomination, Presbyterian. His unit embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Boorara on 20 December 1914. For a time, the 2nd Light Horse Regiment, one of three regiments of the 1st Light Horse Brigade, camped at Madi in Egypt to the south of Cairo. The regiment left their horses in Egypt and arrived at the Gallipoli Peninsula on 12 May 1915, the day Chaplain Ernest Merrington landed at Anzac Cove, joining the allied forces there as reinforcements. Assigned to the New Zealand and Australian Division, the regiment fought around Anzac Cove and during the Battle of Sari Bair. Private Jack Latham suffered a bullet wound to his cheek in September and was transferred to hospital at Malta. On recovery in late January 1916, he travelled back to Egypt where his regiment, having withdrawn from Gallipoli and still with the 1st Light Horse Brigade, became part of the ANZAC Mounted Division, responsible for the defence of the Suez Canal from raiding Senussi Arabs. On 4 August 1916, they fought in the Battle of Romani against the Turks before being withdrawn to rest and refit. During these campaigns however, Private Jack Latham spent several periods of time in hospital for treatment of serious health problems including inguinal hernia repair, malaria, appendicitis and a non-diagnosed fever. He rejoined his regiment while not in hospital and took part in battles at Gaza, Beersheba, Tel el Khuweilfe, Burqa and El Ramleh. He began his last spell in hospital at 14th Australian General Hospital in Port Said in September 1918 and prepared for early return to Australia. He was discharged from the AIF on 26 February 1919. The 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal were awarded for his services in the Australian Imperial Force. Post war In civilian life Jack Latham became a land ranger in the town of Cunnamulla in Western Queensland. Family He married Kate Gladys Mackie, a typist, at St Paul’s Church Taringa on 11 September 1920. A baby girl was born at Cunnamulla in July 1921 but the young wife and mother died at Cunnamulla a couple of weeks later. 1921 was a sad year for Jack Latham as his mother also died at the age of 57 years in February at Murgon. On 22 December 1922, Jack’s second marriage took place at Park Presbyterian Church Brisbane. He had met Marian Joan Briggs, a teacher who had been transferred to Cunnamulla State School. Their children included John Stewart Latham junior born in 1923 in Cunnamulla and Charles William known as Bill. Jack worked as lands commissioner in Cloncurry and Hughenden in the 1940s before retiring to Moonmarra in Westbourne Street Highgate Hill. Jack’s second wife died on 5 February 1962. In 1963 Jack Latham married a third time. He was 78 years old when he married Helen Elizabeth Chisholm. Jack died in Brisbane on 30 May 1964 and was buried at Pinnaroo Lawn Cemetery. Stories from the Honour Boards: Lives, Links and Legacy Saint Andrew’s Uniting Church Heritage Committee Project

    • LATHAM Brothes (Left to right) Harold Stewart M.M. - William Alfred - John Stewart AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Wednesday, 25 March 2020

    LATHAM Brothes (Left to right) Harold Stewart M.M. - William Alfred - John Stewart

    LATHAM Brothes  (Left to right) Harold Stewart M.M. - William Alfred - John Stewart