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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Gilly" Gilbert Townsend ELLISON

Born 14 October 1881 in Glen Osmond, South Australia
Son of James ELLISON and Georgina Sophia TOWNSEND
Member of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society from the age of eleven years [30]
Contractor in Mitcham, South Australia in 1916 [18]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 14 August 1916 in Adelaide, South Australia [30: item 3541399]
     At the time he was 5 feet 8¼ inches tall, weighed 176 pounds and had grey eyes, fair hair but going bald and a fair complexion [30]
     Gave his next of kin as his mother whose address at the time was Arnold Street in Mitcham, South Australia [30]
     Appointed to the 21st Reinforcements of the 10th Battalion on 18 October 1916 in Mitcham, South Australia [30]
     Embarked from Adelaide, South Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A16 Port Melbourne on 23 October 1916 [30]
     Disembarked in Devonport, England on 28 December 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 5 April 1917 [30]
     Private 6504 in the Australian Imperial Force's 10th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Ten days after arriving in France, on 15 April 1917 he was Wounded in Action receiving a serious wound to his left thigh [30]
     The wound had been caused by an explosive bullet and was also gassed, and two days later it was going septic [30]
     After an X-Ray the wound was operated on in France on 19 April 1917 with the medical officer considering it a bad case [30]
     After a month of treatment in France he was repatriated by hospital ship to England where he received further treatment [30]
     Embarked England on the A29 H.T. Suevic and disembarked in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 18 November 1917 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force due to being medically unfit for service on 4 December 1917 [30]
     Received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Following his return he resided on Tutt Avenue in the Adelaide suburb of Kingswood [30]
     From 5 December 1917 he received a fortnightly pension of 14/- for his mother [30]
     He wrote to the Base Records Office of the A.I.F. on 7 March 1918 requesting help in acquiring further sick pay [30]
     He wrote he'd "never drawn a penny for sick pay and no medicine blessed with good health right up to the time I got wounded" [30]
     Received a fortnightly pension of 45/- from the A.I.F. and owing to having an incapacitated son his mother received one of 28/- [30]
     His and his mother's respective fortnightly pensions were reduced from 45/- down to 30/- and 28/- down to 25/- on 4 July 1918 [30]
Married "Irene" Annie Irene SPICER in Western Australia in 1919 [66]
Contractor in Gunyidi in 1919 [50]
Farmer in Gunyidi, Western Australia 1920-1927 [19] [44]
     Initially his farm was the 980 acre Victoria Location 5798[44]
     Took up more land increasing his farm to a total of about 1,723 acres - Victoria Locations 3473, 5798, 5825, 5871 [3] [44]
They later resided at 185 Beaufort Street in Perth and at 36 Brookman Street in North Perth [P361]
Served as a Peace Officer Guard during the Second World War [30: item 1765110]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Manning [2]
Father of Gladys, Dorothy, Allen, Constance, Nellie, Hilda and Joyce [P361]
Died 9 August 1962; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, FA, 131)[2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Gilbert Townsend Ellison' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 June 2024 from [reference list]

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