• David Henry Drysdale

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  • Enlistment - Boer War

    Saturday, 26 April 1902

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    • description of photo in Australian War Memorial.
    • Posted by helenpre, Sunday, 13 September 2015

    Outdoor informal group portrait of the first five recruits to leave Port Lincoln to serve in the First World War. Identified, left to right; back row: John Kenneth McVicar, of Willowie, SA; Thomas Leo Corcoran of Mt Gambier, SA; Clarence Eugene Bradley, of North Unley, SA; Robert William Fraser and Lincoln Llewellyn Green both of Port Lincoln, SA. Sitting: Mr David H Drysdale, owner of the West Coast Recorder, who is wearing his Distinguished Conduct Medal awarded to him as 261 Private (Pte), 6th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse (Vic) during the Boer War; Mr I O Jacobs, Captain of the rifle team and District Clerk of Lincoln Council. The group are photographed in front of the Recorder Building, West Coast Recorder Printing. Three of the recruits are holding Lee Enfield MK 1* rifles. 896, Private (Pte)John McVicar enlisted on 31 August 1914, assigned to C Company, 10th Battalion and embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT Ascanius on 20 October 1914 for Gallipoli. In May 1915 he was wounded in action suffering a shattered leg. After treatment and recuperation in England he returned to Australia and was discharged on 19 September 1916. McVicar re-enlisted with the service number 3093 in the 43rd Battalion on 9 March 1917 and embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT Borda on 23 June 1917 for Plymouth, England. He served on the Western Front, France and returned to Australia on 6 April 1919. 897 Pte Thomas Corcoran enlisted on 31 August 1914, was assigned to C Company, 10th Battalion, and embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT Ascanius on 20 October 1914 for Egypt. On 30 July 1915 he was promoted to Lance Corporal; promoted to Corporal on 1 March 1916; Sergeant on 14 March 1916 and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in France on 5 August 1916. Lieutenant Corcoran was awarded the Military Cross on 8 March 1918 for his gallant conduct and devotion to duty between 22 September 1917 and 24 February 1918. He died of wounds received in action in France on 30 May 1918 aged 29 years. 675 Lance Corporal Clarence Bradley enlisted on 28 August 1914, assigned to A Company, 10th Battalion and embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT Ascanius on 20 October 1914 for Egypt. He was wounded in action at Gallipoli and, on recovery, relocated with his battalion to the Western Front, France. Pte Bradley was killed in action in near Albert, France, on 25 July 1916. He was aged 26 years. 1141 Pte Robert Fraser enlisted on 31 August 1914 in the 10th Battalion and embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Themistocles on 27 December 1914 for Egypt. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on 8 August 1915 aged 22 years. 898 Pte Lincoln Green enlisted on 31 August 1914 and was assigned to C Company, 10th Battalion. He embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT Ascanius on 20 October 1914 for Egypt. He received a gunshot wound to his left knee during service at Gallipoli on 18 July 1915. He was originally hospitalised in Malta then England. He left England to return to Australia on 7 January 1916. He re-enlisted as 14269, Driver, with the 17th Divisional Supply Column, 9th Army Service Corps, on 30 June 1916 and embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Clan McGillivray on 10 May 1917 for Plymouth, England; he returned to Australia on 20 July 1919.