• Ivor Stephen Margetts

Army / Flying Corps
  • 12th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 3rd Brigade
  • 2nd Lieutenant
  • Captain

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Stories and comments
    • Letter home written by Private Ralph Margetts describing his brother Ivor's landing at Gallipoli
    • Posted by chisholm, Saturday, 21 February 2015

    Private Ralph Margetts, of the Army Medical Corps, and brother of Lieut. Ivor Margetts, writing to his parents at Wynyard, under date Alexandria, May 5, says: - "We had some of the 12th Battalion on board wounded: one was Ivor's sergeant; he was shot through the knee on Wednesday. He saw Ivor about midday; he was well, but very untidy- said he was fighting like a wild Irish-man, with most of his clothes torn off. I have since heard that Ivor was seen on the beach with what few of his men were left. You can't imagine how pleased I was to hear about him. It was reported on board that he was the only officer left of his battalion; he is probably resting now, as rein-forcements have landed, and that will make it much easier for our chaps. You should just hear the naval men who put our men ashore speak of the way our lads charged up those hills! They say it was simply wonderful, and they have made a name for themselves for ever." The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Wednesday 23 June 1915 (Australia Trove)

    • Posted by chisholm, Saturday, 21 February 2015

    In writing to some friends in Hobart, a well-known Colonel in France sends the following interesting statement in connection with the death of Captain Ivor Margetts, who was senior captain of the 12th Battalion and the officer commanding A Company:-"You cannot imagine what a grief it is to me to have to tell you of Ivor’s death. Somehow we were all so sure that he, above all others, was going to come through all right and live to be the example to his fellows which his ability was sure to have made him. It was a great shock to me when I heard it, as we had always been such good pals before the war, and so constantly together since. It was in the attack on Pozieres that he lost his life. On 22nd ult. we captured the near edge, and on the afternoon of 23rd it was re-ported that the village was clear, and we were told to occupy the far edge. Ivor and Captain Vowles went through the village, and chose the site for the trenches we had to dig there, and it was just about dark, at 10 p.m., when he was leading his men up, that he was hit with a piece of shell in the chest, and died in a few minutes. The place was shelled so heavily afterwards, that we were doubtful of being able to hold it, and it was very difficult to send out the wounded. Ivor and others killed during the day were buried by Captain Connell and a party from A Co. after dusk the same evening on the outskirts of the village. Everyone is very grieved at his loss, as all knew and liked him. He will be hard to replace in the battalion, as he had a better military knowledge of both field and office work than I suppose any other officer of the battalion. The parents of deceased reside at Wynyard, and have already sent three of their sons to the front. These were Ivor Stephen, Athelstane, and Ralph Exton. Ralph Exton was at Gallipoli, and has since been invalided home, on account of strained heart. The other son Athelstane has joined the ambulance service, and is at present in Melbourne waiting to go to the front. The North Western Advocate and the Emu Bay Times (Tas. : 1899 - 1919) Monday 25 September 1916