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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Byro" Charles Joseph Byro NAIRN

Born 25 March 1889 Murchison, Western Australia [114: page 93]
Son of William John NAIRN and Sarah Ann PELL [15]
He was born at and initially resided with his parents on Byro Station in the Murchison [114: page 93]
Baptised by the Church of England rector based in Dongara [332]
Shifted with his parents from the Murchison to Somerleyton Park Farm in Wannamal in 1912 [114: page 93]
Stockman in Wannamal 1913-1916 [50]
     Member of the Wannamal Hall Committee - was Auditor in 1913 and Secretary in 1915 [114: pages 114, 188]
     Along with his brother-in-law Alfred PAYNE managed his father's Somerleyton Park Farm in Wannamal in 1914 [114: page 163]
     Foundation Member of the Wannamal Tennis Club in 1914 [114: page 210]
Married Winifred Margery HUGHES on 7 April 1914 at the Methodist Church in Dongara [39: 15-Apr-1915] [114: page 163]
     His best man was his brother Alexander M. NAIRN of Yarrabubba Station in Nannine and his groomsman J. Lance HUGHES [39]
Following their marriage he and his wife resided at the homestead on Ellisford Farm in Wannamal [114: page 163]
     After they settled in their home a number of local residents surprised them with "the old time greeting of the tin kettles" [114: page 189]
     The guests drove to within half a mile of their home, then crept up to and surrounded the house before banging their kettles [114]
     Some had kettles while others had pots, pans, dishes, iron bars, bolts, crank handles or anything else that would make a noise [114]
     The guests banged and sang "For They Are Jolly Good Fellows" until the door was opened to let them in [114]
     They then threw their kettles onto the roof, went inside and socialised and danced until the morning [114]
On 11 May 1914 he wrote to the Midland Railway Company inquiring about their farms for sale in Carnamah and Winchester [34]
     He wrote to the Company after seeing an advertisement for their Ready-Made Farms in The Sunday Times newspaper [34]
     Requested particulars of farms between about three and five hundred acres with the intention of buying one [34]
     He stated in his letter "I know the country thoroughly around Carnamah and Winchester" [34]
     His grandfather James NAIRN had established the 33,764 acre Noolooloo Station in the Carnamah district in the 1860s [148]
After a previous rejection he successfully enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 15 March 1916 [9: 21-Apr-1916] [30]
     On enlistment was noted as 5 feet 8½ inches tall, weighing 155 pounds, with blue eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion [30]
     He and his wife left Wannamal on 17 April 1916 - him for camp and his wife returned to her father's home in Dongara [9: 21-Apr-1916]
     After military training at Blackboy Hill he was appointed to the 21st Reinforcements of the 11th Battalion on 3 October 1916 [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A23 Suffolk on 10 October 1916 [30]
     Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 2 December 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 22 May 1917 [30]
     Private 6551 in the Australian Imperial Force's 11th Battalion in France and Belgium during the First World War [30]
Killed in Action in Belgium 8 October 1917; buried Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium [17] [30]
In 1918 his wife was granted a war pension of 40/- per fortnight, his son Frederick 20/- and daughter Beulah 15/- per fortnight [30]
His wife Winifred received three photos of his grave on 18 September 1921 and his Memorial Scroll on 20 December 1921 [30]
On 31 January 1923 his wife received his Memorial Plaque and on 25 April 1923 she signed for his Victory Medal [30]
Winifred married James Alexander LEITCH in 1933 and resided in Dongara from 1916 until her death in 1963 [6] [30] [66] [132]
Father of Frederick Byro and Beulah Jane [30: item 7989752]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Charles Joseph Byro Nairn' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 June 2022 from [reference list]

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