• Frank Hyde

Army / Flying Corps
  • 36th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 9th Brigade
  • Lance Corporal
  • Private

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  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Enlistment - WW1

    Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia

  • Birth

    Sofala, NSW, Australia

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    • HYDE, Frank – L/Cpl 780, 36th Bn (C Coy)
    • Posted by FrevFord, Saturday, 15 September 2018

    Frank was born on the 11th of August 1886 in Sofala, NSW – the son of Francis James HYDE and Mary Ann JACKSON, who married in 1879 NSW Mary died on the 3/9/1906 at Sofala Francis, a former Miner and Grazier, died on the 27/2/1940 at his daughter’s home in Bathurst, aged 83 Siblings (all born Sofala): John Henry b.1880; Bridget b.1881; Arthur Thomas b.1883 – d.1962; Katey A b.1884; Beatrice A b.1888; Clara B. b.1890 – marr. JOHNSON; Annie E b.1892; *Norman Victor b.6/3/1895 – Farmer – WW1: Pte 781, 36th Bn (C Coy) to 35th Bn; RTA 11/5/1919 – marr. Edna M.V. JENKINS 1929 – d.1957; Jessie Muriel b.1897 – d.1984; Stanley Allan J. b.1900 – d.1976 Religion: Church of England Labourer, employed with Messrs G and C Hoskins’ Co. Ltd, Ben Bullen, NSW Member of the Running Stream Rifle Club WW1 Service: Enlisted 1/2/1916 aged 28 years and 5 months, together with his younger brother Norman Member of the Rifle Battalion Embarked 13/5/1916 on the A71 Beltana, as Private 780 with C Company of the 36th Battalion (Carmichael’s 1000), and arrived Plymouth 9/7/1916 Proceeded overseas to France 22/11/916 Admitted to the 10th Australian Field Ambulance, Belgium 8/6/1917 with Shell Shock following their entry into their first major battle, the battle of Messines, on carrying duty Appointed Lance Corporal 12/6/1917 Rejoined the 36th Bn 20/6/1917 Received multiple bomb wounds on the 27/7/1917 at Messines, resulting in total blindness “Frank and five other Diggers were holding a bombing post, when they were attacked by 20 Germans, one of the Australians being killed and the other five wounded.” [The soldier killed, possibly Pte T.H. Coates 1810, KIA 27/7/1917, who was also a member of C Coy] Transferred through the hospital system to the 18th General Hospital, France 30/7/1917 Embarked for England per the HS Brighton 5/9/1917, where he was admitted to the Dover Military Hospital Transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley 18/9/1917, and then the 2nd London General Hospital the following day Transferred to St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blinded Soldiers, Regent’s Park 13/4/1918, where he received training in Poultry Farming and Mat Making Returned to Australia on the Aeneas, embarking 22/11/1919, and arriving Sydney 12/1/1920 Discharged from the A.I.F. 7/3/1920 Took charge of the newly opened Blinded Soldiers’ Tea Co. Store in Bathurst in June 1920 Married Susan Jane Kennedy DAVIDSON on the 1st of August 1931 Bathurst, NSW Susan was born on the 28/7/1903 at Bathurst – the daughter of Josiah and Susan J.K. Children: *Trevor Francis (Pharmacist) and *Harley John (Mail Officer) Susan and Frank together with Frank’s father were living at 167 Rocket St, Bathurst in 1934 172 Belmore Road, Blakehurst 1943 Frank died on the 5th of May 1952 at their home in Belmore Road, Blakehurst, aged 65 He is buried in the Methodist Cemetery, Rookwood Susan died on the 7/6/1986, late of Blakehurst, NSW Lithgow Mercury (NSW), Fri 4 Feb 1916 (p.3): CAPERTEE The following volunteers left last night for the Liverpool camp: – Jas. E. Lawther, Frank Lawther, Frank Hyde, Norman Hyde, and J. McLachlan. They were given a rousing cheer as the train moved out. Lithgow Mercury (NSW), Fri 28 Sept 1917 (p.3): BEN BULLEN The deepest sympathy is expressed on all sides here for Pte Frank Hyde, of Hoskins’ Ltd., who enlisted from here, and who is now totally blind. It is only a short time since the unfortunate soldier suffered from shell shock. All hope the blindness may be only temporary. Lithgow Mercury (NSW), Fri 15 Feb 1918 (p.4): BEN BULLEN BLIND SOLDIER RETURNING Amongst the returning soldiers who will shortly arrive in Australia are Ptes Frank Hyde, an ex-employee of Hoskins’, Ltd. here, C. Howard, and H. Champion, of Capertree, and R.F. Milne, of Rylestone. I feel sure Ben Bullenites in general deeply sympathise with Pte Hyde in his great affliction (he is returning totally blind and with only one arm), and with their usual generosity will rise eagerly to the occasion and give him a practical exhibition of their sympathy and respect. Pte Hyde will be the first hero who enlisted while working here, to return. Three of our gallant boys have made the supreme sacrifice. (Will our correspondent please give full particulars when Pte Hyde returns, especially as to the measure of assistance needed. The case of a blind soldier hero will appeal to the whole district and the “Mercury” will help in any possible way.) Lithgow Mercury (NSW), Mon 27 May 1918 (p.3): OUR BLIND SOLDIERS PTE FRANK HYDE Mr Hyde, of Ben Bullen, has received the following letter from Sir Arthur Pearson, chairman of St Dunstan’s Blinded Soldiers and Sailors’ Care Committee, Regent’s Park, London, concerning his son, Pte Frank Hyde, who enlisted from Ben Bullen with Carmichael’s first thousand: – Sir A. Pearson says: – I am writing you with reference to your son, whom a member of our staff has visited in the second London General Hospital, Chelsea. He has, as I believe you already know, been so unfortunate as to have his eyesight seriously damaged at the front. You will be glad to hear that he is bearing his burden with great fortitude and courage and already recognises the fact that worse things than blindness can befall a man. I am blind myself, and therefore speak with exact knowledge when I say that I feel sure your son has a happy, busy, and useful life before him, in spite of his heavy handicap. Please accept my sincerest sympathy in this trouble, and always regard me as one anxious to do everything possible to help you and your son. The War Office has deputed me to look after all officers and men whose sight has been damaged during the war and I have made arrangements for their benefit of which I enclose you full particulars. We have several other Australian boys in training here at present, so your boy will not feel that he is among strangers. Twenty have left us fully trained, and those here are doing excellently. With renewed expressions of my heartfelt sympathy, which, however, I should like to qualify by congratulations upon you boy having escaped with his life, and without a worse form of disablement. Referee (Syd, NSW), Wed 24 Jul 1918 (p.8): THE RIFLE Hats off to Running Stream Rifle Club. Running Stream is not a town, but just a farming community between Bathurst and Mudgee, where the one and only amusement is at the rifle butts. But the members of the hamlet are patriots all, and of the rank and file of the rifle club 26 have got into khaki, and have fought in Gallipoli, Belgium and France. Six have paid the penalty of Empire, seven have been wounded, while Frank Hyde lies in an English hospital stone blind. Lithgow Mercury (NSW), Wed 17 Dec 1919 (p.1): CAPERTEE WELCOMES SOLDIERS …………………………… The chairman said it was a great pleasure to welcome our soldiers home in health and strength. He regretted that all had not escaped the effects of the fray, as one had still to return who had suffered dreadful injuries. (This was in reference to Pte Frank Hyde, who was shockingly injured about the face, owing to the explosion of a bomb, and who had been completely blinded.) ……. Lithgow Mercury (NSW), Fri 6 Feb 1920 (p.3): CAPERTEE Private Frank Hyde, who was rendered totally blind by the premature explosion of a bomb while at the front, returned about a fortnight ago after over three years’ service. He was warmly received at a general welcome home to diggers, held at Running Stream on the 24th ult. Private Hyde looks well and is apparently in the best of spirits. He will be presented with a suitably inscribed gold medal at an early date by the local soldiers’ reception committee. It is also anticipated that a movement will be set on foot with the object of assisting him financially. Lithgow Mercury (NSW), Fri 12 Mar 1920 (p.3): CAPERTEE WELCOME TO SOLDIERS AND PRESENTATION A function having for its double object the welcoming home of Lance Corporal Frank Hyde and district returned soldiers generally took place on Saturday, and despite adverse weather, proved highly successful. As Lance Corporal Hyde had been rendered totally blind by the explosion of a shell at Messines, it was felt that something more was necessary in his case than the mere presenting of a medal. So the soldiers’ reception committee set out to raise an amount for presentation that would be of some service to the soldier in life and at the same time express in a practical way appreciation of his services and sympathy in his affliction. The people of the whole district responded splendidly to the appeal, with the result that £77 was raised. Great credit is due to the collectors for the enthusiasm they displayed. ………………………………………………………. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/218460987 The Bathurst Times (NSW), Thur 24 Jun 1920 (p.2): BLIND SOLDIERS’ TEA CO. The Mayor, Ald F. Havenhand, will formally open the Blinded Soldiers’ Tea Co., Ltd., store in the School of Art building to-morrow afternoon at .?30 o’clock. All interested are invited to be present. The store will be in the charge of Mr Frank Hyde, a totally blinded digger, who, being unable to see others, invites others to come and see him. It is explained that the store will dispose of tea, coffee, and cocoa. The profits accruing belong solely to soldiers blinded at the front. The Company is under the auspices of the New South Wales Division of the Red Cross Society, and has its head office in York Street, Sydney. Already extensive local support has been guaranteed the shop, and the purpose of the business, along with the fact that the goods are likely to be delivered, should assure the popularity of the undertaking. Incidentally, it might be mentioned that the Prince of Wales was recently presented with a quantity of the …, and acknowledged the gift by a personal letter, following this with a reference at one of the luncheons to …. Excellence to the beverage. The Bathurst Times (NSW), Sat 2 Apr 1921 (p.2): N.S.W. BLINDED SOLDIERS’ TEA CO., LTD. The Blinded Soldiers’ Tea Co. Ltd., will be well represented at the Show, as in addition to Mr Frank Hyde, who manages the branch in Bathurst, Mr Morris and Mr Moseley, two of his blinded comrades, are coming up from Sydney to assist at the stall in the Art Gallery. ……………………………………………… https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/111545241 National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Wed 29 Mar 1922 (p.1): Blinded Soldiers THE BATHURST TEA BUSINESS ……………………………………. The sightless men desire to announce to the residents of the Bathurst District that the shop conducted by them in Bathurst, has been closed, and for the convenience of customers a delivery cart will call once a fortnight. ……………………………… Mr F. Hyde, who has managed the branch shop since its establishment, will continue to represent the company in the district, and receive bulk orders. …………………………………….. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/158694105 Reveille, 31 Dec 1931 (p.12): Happy Though Blind: Frank Hyde [photo] One of the greatest enjoyments that Frank Hyde, blinded Digger, of Bathurst, gets out of life, is in attending the annual reunion of his battalion – the 36th. He has not missed a reunion so far. A native of Bathurst, Frank was a corporal in the 36th Battalion, when he was blinded by an enemy bomb at Messines on June 27, 1917. Frank and five other Diggers were holding a bombing post, when they were attacked by 20 Germans, one of the Australians being killed and the other five wounded. Hyde was a patient at St Dunstan’s for 18 months, and was taught basket making and poultry farming. However, on returning to Bathurst he adopted neither of those avocations, but took over the management of a tea shop. Frank remains cheerful despite his great affliction, and as long as he can meet the boys of the 36th for a yarn over old times he feels that there is nothing for him to grumble about. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Tue 6 May 1952 (p.16): FUNERALS HYDE – The Relatives and Friends of Mrs Susan Hyde and Family are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of her dearly loved Husband, their dear Father and Father-in-law, FRANK HYDE; to leave our Private Chapel, 2 Carrington Avenue, Hurstville, This Afternoon, after Service commencing at 2.40 o’clock for the Methodist Cemetery, Rookwood. HYDE – Lodge Merrylands No. 479, U.G.L. of N.S.W. – The Officers and Brethren of the above Lodge are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of their late esteemed Bro. FRANK HYDE. ………………. HYDE – The Officers and Members of the Hurstville sub-branch of the R.S.S. and A.I.L.A. are kindly invited ……………… HYDE – Members of the N.S.W. Blinded Soldiers’ Association …………………….. The Propeller (Hurstville, NSW), Thur 8 May 1952 (p.3): DISTRICT DEATHS Mr Frank Hyde, of Belmore Road, Blakehurst, died on Monday, aged 65 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons. The late Mr Hyde was a member of the Hurstville Sub-branch of the R.S.S.A.I.L.A. and the N.S.W. Blinded Soldiers’ Association. National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Fri 16 May 1952 (p.2): PERSONAL The death occurred suddenly of Mr Frank Hyde, at his residence at 172 Belmore Road, Blakehurst. The late Mr Hyde is survived by a widow (nee Susie Davidson), and two sons, Trevor and Harley; also three brothers, Arthur, Norman and Stanley, of Capertee; and three sisters, Mrs Theobald (Bathurst), Mrs Johnson and Miss Jessie Hyde, Stanmore. The deceased was well known in Bathurst prior to his departure some years ago. He was blinded in the World War 1, in which he was a member of the 36th Bn.