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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2008 17

for a brave family


 from previous page times they come in a perfect The battalion’s success at His exemplary record aboard the HT Runic on the establishment of a local
The history of the 21st tornado. To the man sitting Mont St Quentin on Sep- was only tarnished when April 27, 1919 and disem- school. Bill worked as a rab-
Battalion, The Red and Black in the trench it is Hell. He tember 1, 1918 won world- charged as being absent barked on June 6. He was bit trapper while waiting for
Diamond, by N.C. Smith sees this one blown to piec- formally discharged on Au- his peach, pear, plum and
wide attention. It was re- without leave. His service


gives some insight into the es, that one buried, another gust 2. apricot trees to bear fruit
horrors he endured. shockingly mutilated. garded as a turning point in papers state that he was According to The News and continued to work the
There is a graphic diary One of the most pitiable of Monday, July 14, 1919 an block until forced to sell the
passage after the battle of of sights is that of a man
Never before have I seen such a stream ‘enthusiastic gathering’ of farm to clear debts in 1942.
Pozieres attributed to sol-
dier Leo Hine.
There is no sleep and lit-
tle movement except for
the endless procession of
wounded.
suffering from shell shock,
his nerves shattered, and in
some cases, his reason de-
stroyed.
He crouches on the ground,
shaking like a leaf, and at
descriptions in scores, machine guns,
trench mortars, etc and the dead Fritz

of prisoners going to the rear, guns of all
Grahamvale residents wel-
comed their heroes.
The local school was
filled to capacity for a party
in honor of Bill, his brother
Charles and five other re-
From 1942 to 1948 Bill
and his wife Jemima op-
erated the Central Dining
Rooms in Wyndham Street
which provided meals for
bus travellers heading to or
The dead lie in the trench the sound of an approach- were terrible to gaze on ... turned servicemen. from Benalla, Bendigo and
in various attitudes. Here is ing shell he whimpers like a There were speeches and Echuca.
one sitting with his back in a frightened child. – WILLIAM (BILL) GOREY musical entertainment The couple retired to Car-
niche in the wall, a book on The victory at Villers- including the “singing of rum where Bill built chicken
his knees. There is no wound. Bretonneux in July 1918 is the later stages of the war. absent from March 3 “until Home Sweet Home by seven sheds along the back fence
He was killed by concussion famous in Australian mili- The Germans had been placed under open arrest by young ladies”. of a large block and raised
a week ago and still he sits tary history and to this day, retreating for several days, military police at Glasgow’’ Shortly after his return poultry.
there rotting away under French school children in but chose to make a stand on April 4. Bill successfully acquired Bill Gorey died at Foster
our eyes. the village honour Anzac at Mont St Quentin. The He was held under charge a Soldier Settler block at on June 6, 1961. His life and
All the time there is the Day in recognition of their German defenders were lat- for four days before be- Lemnos. He was one of his service should never be
drawn-out whine and nerve- town being liberated. Bill er found to be hand-picked ing severely reprimanded that area’s original settlers forgotten.
shattering crash of the shells. Gorey was serving with the troops who fought to the by Major W.V. Jardine and and his name appears on a  The News would like to thank
Sometimes they come singly 21st Battalion during this death. Bill Gorey completed docked 39 days’ pay. 1924 petition to the Educa- Michael Gorey for his assistance
along the trench, and some- battle. his service in Britain. Bill departed for Australia tion Department seeking in compiling this feature.

Edward Harold Gorey (Ned), Charles Edward Gorey engineers. It was hard work ing to paralysis and dis-
the second youngest of Edward (left) was born at Pan- and very dangerous. charged as the disability
and Sophia’s seven children, noomilloo in the Shire of He embarked from Syd- was permanent.
was born at Corop on August Echuca on September 18, ney aboard the Warilda on Charles attended a wel-
16, 1888. 1878. The place name of May 22, 1916 arriving in come party with his broth-
The family moved to what his birth does not survive Plymouth on July 18. He er Bill on Friday, July 11,
is today known as Reedy Lake on maps today, but is situ- proceeded to France on 1918 at Grahamvale.
near Whroo in 1890 and Ned at- ated near Echuca. August 29 and was “taken Mr Roxburgh, repre-
tended the nearby Angustown Charles was nicknamed on strength” with the 1st senting the Shepparton
State School that was provided Boney by his brothers Australian Tunnelling Co Fathers’ Association, was
for the children of local farmers and sisters, presumably on September 30. reported in the The News
and sawmill employees. because of his angular He sustained several in- as saying he hoped aid
Ned formally enlisted at Mel- frame. juries, the first of which would be extended to all
bourne to serve in the First
Until the 1908 electoral was a dislocated shoulder the Grahamvale soldiers
World War on March 26, 1917
roll he is recorded as be- that plagued him for at in need of it “for too much
when he was 28 years and seven
ing a farmer of Whroo but least several months. could not be done for such
months.
around this time he moved He rejoined his company men”.
His occupation at the time
to Queensland when he at Rouelles on June 12 and Charles was rarely seen
was described as cook. He gave
enlisted to serve with the was severely wounded by by his relatives, although
his permanent address as be-
4th Tunnelling Co on De- shell fire to the neck and he did make several visits
ing Shepparton and his father’s
cember 7, 1915 at Bris- left arm at Ypres on Sep- to his brother Bill at Shep-
name as next of kin. Curiously,
he had completed an attesta- bane. tember 29, 1917, and as a parton between 1942 and
tion paper four days earlier at Charles was 37 years result he saw no more ac- 1948.
Trafalgar in which he gave his and two months at enliste- tive duty. According to his death
mother’s name as next of kin ment. His medical history re- certificate, Charles died
and stated his occupation as la- Tunnellers dug trenches veals that Charles had his “in camp on river” near
bourer. and did manual labor for ulna nerve severed, lead- Deniliquin in 1949.
According to the enlistment
papers, an earlier application to James Daniel Gorey bram and presumably
serve had been rejected on the was born at Whroo on arranged for James to
grounds of ‘teeth’ which Ned November 8, 1894 and receive parcels from
must have had repaired. baptised at Sacred Heart home. James was ad-
Ned disembarked at Liverpool Catholic Church in Tatu- mitted to hospital twice
on August 26, 1917 and pro- ra on November 4, 1895. with illness, the second
ceeded to France on December Little is known about time being for mumps
18 and joined the 57th Battalion his early life but as the on April 3, 1917. He at-
on Christmas Day. youngest in the family, tended divisional bomb-
On April 26, 1918, he sus- James was probably the ing school on May 27 and
tained gunshot wounds to the only child still living with rejoined his unit on June
back and was gassed severely. his parents when they 3. A year passed without
He was treated at the 6th Gener-
moved from Whroo to incident, although there
al Hospital at Rouen and trans-
Shepparton about 1910. is evidence James fought
ferred to Alexandra Hospital in
Family tradition has it in some of the war’s
Cosham, England, where he was
that James enlisted un- bloodiest battles.
admitted on May 1.
der age to serve in the On June 16, 1918,
He rejoined his battalion on
First World War, but was James was transferred
August 20, 1918 but just 10 days
later he was wounded again, pulled out by his father, to the 2nd Australian
this time in the eye and he did Edward Gorey. Machine Gun Battalion
not rejoin his battalion until James served with a move which probably
shortly before the war’s end. the 2nd Pioneer Battal- cost his life as machine
He was discharged from the ion and proceeded via gunners suffered a high
Army on December 8, 1919 and the British Expedition- rate of casualties.
signed a receipt for his British ary Force in Alexandria James was wounded
War Medal on January 6, 1922. in Egypt to Marseilles, in action on October 3,
Ned lived in the Shepparton where he arrived on 1918, and died from his
area for a short time after the March 26, 1916. wounds 29 days before
war before moving to Gippsland On February 14, 1917 the war ended.
where he acquired a Soldier Set- he wrote to the Cobram Edward and Sophia
tler potato farm at Dalmore. and District Soldiers Gorey were notified of
Ned died on December 19, Committee. His sister their youngest son’s
1971. Mary was living at Co- death on October 18.