• GUNN Thomas Trail : Service Number - 5099 : Place of Birth - Creswick VIC : Place of Enlistment - Ballarat VIC : Next of Kin - (Father) GUNN James

GUNN Thomas Trail : Service Number - 5099 : Place of Birth - Creswick VIC : Place of Enlistment - Ballarat VIC : Next of Kin - (Father) GUNN James
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4391997
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B2455

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    • KarenWalsh
    • Wednesday, 6 May 2015

    My grandfather became a stretcher bearer at some point and went on to serve in France. He had a serious ear infection and spent time in and out of hospital in London. He returned jto Australia 12/5/1919 After the war he married and had eight children. Seven surviving. He used his war experience as a stretcher bearer to become a trainer with the Roosters North Ballarat Football team, treating all minor injuries. He also treated his grandchildren's minor ailments, stitching up cuts, applying poultices etc. Thomas Trail Gunn was my grandfather and was an amazingly lovely kind man. He joined up as soon as his mother died. He may have made a promise to her not to whilst she lived I don't know. He became a stretcher bearer but never ever talked about any of his war experiences. He came back to Ballarat and married in 1919 and had eight children, seven survived. My mother was the second eldest. He was a wonderful father, husband and grandfather. He was a very staunch member of the Ballarat North Football Club all his life and became their number one trainer. In later years Tom and his wife Jessie never missed a match and there little morris minor then later mini minor was a constant fixture in the same place at whatever ground the match was played at. On Saturday's he always had a lovely smell of the liniment he used to rub the players down before the match. Even today the smell of liniment reminds me of pop. As children he was our "doctor" whenever we were ill or had an injury it was straight down to granddad who would patch us up. I do not remember ever going to the doctor as a child only to pop. I must have had school sores as a child because I recall going there and pop putting a smelly poultice on my knee covered by a bandage. I would go back every few days to have it changed and re-dressed . Knee got better.

    • KarenWalsh
    • Sunday, 7 June 2015

    The only things I recall that Pop bought back with him from the war was some of the marching songs he used to sing - Mademoiselle from Armentieres and Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag were two I remember.