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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jack" John OVERSBY

Born 22 July 1888 in Garsdale, Yorkshire, England [30] [204]
Son of farmer John OVERSBY and Elizabeth LUND [20] [21]
He was one of twelve children with siblings Isabella, Izatt, Agnes, George, Rose, Michael, Thomas, Anthony, Joseph and Margaret [20]
In 1891 was living with his parents and siblings at Hill in Garsdale, and in 1901 at 55 Alexandra Road in Great Crosby, Yorkshire [20]
Departed from London, England on the steamship Otranto on 10 June 1910 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
     Travelled on the Otranto with his brother Tom and also on board was Miss Edna HUNTER, later Mrs POTTS of Three Springs [203]
Farmhand in Cunderdin, Western Australia in 1916 [50]
He and his brother Tom enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in Perth on 26 January 1916 [30: item 8000272]
     Upon enlistment he was 6 feet 1 inches tall, weighed 156 pounds and had hazel eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion [30]
     After training at Maribyrnong, Victoria himself and his brother were appointed to the staff of the 23rd Howitzer Brigade [30]
     They embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A7 Medic on 20 May 1916 [18]
     Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 18 July 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 6 January 1917 [30]
     Gunner 21929 in the 8th Field Artillery Brigade, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column and then the 7th Field Artillery Brigade [30]
     Transferred from the 8th Field Artillery Brigade to the 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column in France on 6 April 1917 [30]
     Transferred to the 7th Field Artillery Brigade in France 7 July 1917, and appointed to the rank of Driver on 1 August 1917 [30]
     Hospitalised in March 1917 after being accidentally injured and again in June and July 1917 suffering from influenza [30]
     Spent leave in England from 23 January 1919 to 20 February 1919, and then secured another three months leave for work [30]
     On the expiration of his leave he was transferred to the rank of Bombardier [30]
     While on paid leave from 4 March 1919 to 4 June 1919 he worked to gain experience in livestock in Garsdale, Yorkshire [30]
     His fiance Annie GUY of Mildura and formerly of Northcote wrote to the A.I.F. in 1919 inquiring about his return to Australia [30]
     Embarked from England on the H.T. Friedrichsruh and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 23 August 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 17 October 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Married "Annie" Ann Jane GUY in 1919 in Victoria, Australia [54]
Farmhand in Winchester, Western Australia in late 1919 and 1920 [19]
     For at least some of his time in Winchester he worked for Mrs Susan C. M. COLPITTS on Heppleholme Farm [388: 20-Dec-1919]
     While travelling from Winchester to Perth by train on 11 December 1919 he was questioned and arrested in Moora [388]
     It was a case of mistaken identity, despite the fact that he was over ten years older than the person the police were seeking [388]
     He attempted to prove himself with paperwork, letters from his wife in Perth and a cheque for £10/10/6 from his employer [388]
     After being questioned he was released to send a telegram to his wife that he wouldn't be home until the next day [388]
     He paid a £5 surety to appear at the Police Court in Moora the following morning and paid 10/- to stay at a hotel in Moora [388]
     The following morning he was charged with stealing three silver watches in Mingenew but pleaded not guilty [388]
     On the sworn evidence of a police constable, he was discharged, but received no compensation for having to stay in Moora [388]
Farmer of Crosby Farm in Perenjori, Western Australia with his brother Tom as "Oversby Bros" 1921-1945 [6] [61] [80: 13-Nov-1928]
     They appear to have named their farm Crosby after their childhood town of Great Crosby in Lancashire, England [20]
     In 1923 they cropped 700 acres of their farm in Perenjori [10: 19-Jul-1923]
     President in 1933 and Committee Member in 1934 and 1935 of the Perenjori Football Club [39: 19-Apr-1933, 4-Apr-1934, 29-Mar-1935]
     Committee Member of the Perenjori & District Agricultural Society in 1938 [120: 13-Oct-1938]
He, his wife and his brother Tom departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Oronsay for a visit to England [204]
     They arrived on the Oronsay in London, England on 9 May 1955 and spent seven months in England before returning home [204]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Wembley [2]
Father of Ruby and Jean [240: 23-Nov-1936]
Died 6 August 1978; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, Lawn 5, 42) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Oversby' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 14 June 2021 from [sources]

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