• Samuel Redmayne

Army / Flying Corps
  • 8th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 2nd Brigade
  • Lance-Corporal

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  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Enlistment - WW1

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Birth

    Preston, England

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    • REDMAYNE, Samuel
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 6 December 2017

    Born in the Jan-Mar Qtr of 1895 in Preston, Lancashire, England – son of Samuel Peacock REDMAYNE and Mary RAWSTHORN, who married in St Peters Parish Church, Preston on the 21/5/1890 Family address in 1891, 1901, 1911, 1916: 35 Fylde St, Preston, Lancashire Samuel (Snr) was a Corn Dealer / Miller in Preston – following his death on the 27/1/1906 (aged 47), his widow Mary continued to operate out of the family home as a Corn Dealer – Samuel (Jnr) and his older sister, Hannah, were assisting in the shop in 1911 Siblings: Mary Alice b.1891; Hannah b.c1893; Thomas b.c1897; Nellie b.c1899; Florence b.c1902; Eliza b.c1904; John b.1905 Religion: Congregational At the age of 19 Samuel migrated to Australia with a group of young men travelling as Farm Students – they departed London on the Port Lincoln on the 9/7/1914 and arrived in Melbourne on the 20/8/1914, mere weeks after the declaration of war. A resident at Acheron, near Alexandra, Victoria prior to enlisting in 1916, he gave his occupation as a Labourer WW1: Enlisted 8/2/1916 in Melbourne, aged 21 years and 1 month Embarked on the A14 Euripides 4/4/1916 as Private 5443, with the 17th Reinforcements of the 8th Battalion and disembarked Suez, Egypt 14/5/1916 Embarked on HMT Huntsgreen at Alexandria 31/5/1916 for England Proceeded overseas to France 29/8/1916 and joined the 8th Battalion in Belgium 10/9/1916 Leave 13/10/1917 to 27/10/1917 Appointed Lance Corporal 6/11/1917 Wounded in action 15/4/1918, shell wound to the head and eyes, and sent through the hospital system to England, where he was admitted to the 2nd London General Hospital, Chelsea on the 27/4/1918 Transferred to St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blind Soldiers on the 9/7/1918, where he received training in Poultry Farming Married Agnes Mary CAWBURN on the 9th of May 1919 at the Registry Office, St Marylebone, London – her address at the time: St Dunstan's West House, Brighton Aged 35, she was the daughter of Joseph (dec. Dr of Medicine) and Mary Returned to Australia together on Osterley 28/9/1919 – 6/11/1919 Discharged from the AIF 15/2/1920 Child (1): Moira Mary (Machinist) Address 1922, 1936: Tanti, 16 Georgiana St, Sandringham Address: 1937, 1954: 26 Georgiana St, Sandringham In August 1923 he applied for a grant to purchase tools of trade for mat making: “Mr Ryan – Dear Sir I am applying for Tools of Trade. I am a Totally Blind Soldier, with no eyes, and have just finished a course of Mat Making, and I am going to make a start at Home, it would be of great benefit to me if you would consider this grant as, I have had such bad luck since I returned, with a very sick wife. I have not yet mad a start at Home, but my outfit is being made and have no idea yet as to how much it will cost, but I should like an answer from you, on the matter, and you would very much oblige, also, I should like to ask, I never get back my Pay Book, which you have, there are two, and I have never had them, though I have enquired several times, and have not yet had my war Medal which I have written for, trusting to hear about same. Yours truly, Sam Redmayne, Late 8th Btn.” Honorary Secretary of the Victorian Blinded Soldiers Social Club 1925 – Treasurer 1930 Agnes died in 1953 Parkville, aged 69 – she was cremated at Springvale 4/8/1953 Died on the 25th June 1966 at Bundoora, Vic Interred in the Springvale Cemetery, Vic Frankston and Somerville Standard (Vic), Fri 20 Feb 1925 (p.1): Victorian Blinded Soldiers’ Social Club To the Editor http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/73502961