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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Roy" Lewis Roy TIMMINGS

Born 1891 in Jarrahdale, Western Australia [15]
Son of William Joseph TIMMINGS and Agnes Marion MCGREGOR [15]
Farmer in Perenjori, Western Australia 1913-1915 [50]
     He had successfully applied to take up the 100 acre Victoria Location 4738 in Perenjori in November 1912 [81: 10-Nov-1912]
     Victoria Location 4738 was one of 22 blocks in Perenjori that had been released to selection in 1911 [39: 1-Apr-1911]
     His block was later expanded to 974 acres [86: 1-Jul-1920]
     Member of the Perenjori Cricket Club in 1914 [86: 21-Mar-1914]
Successfully applied to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force in Northam on 26 August 1915 [30: item 8391091]
     Officially enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 25 September 1915 at Blackboy Hill [30]
     Gave his mother as his next of kin, her address at the time being 21 Hooper Street, West Perth WA [30]
     When he enlisted he was 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighed 148 pounds and had blue eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion [30]
     After training at Blackboy Hill he was on 2 December 1915 appointed to the 13th Reinforcements 10th Light Horse Regiment [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A32 Borda on 17 January 1916 [94]
     Driver 1931 in the 41st Battery of the 11th Field Artillery Brigade in France during the First World War [30]
     Embarked on the Bremen on 3 June 1919 and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 18 July 1919 [30]
     Medical reports conducted prior to his discharge revealed due to military service he had tinnitus and deafness in his right ear [30]
     The condition affecting his ear was stated to be otosclerosis, had occurred in France in 1917, and was untreatable [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 28 September 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
He forfeited his farm in Perenjori, which was subsequently taken up by Three Springs saddler Frank L. DEWAR [61] [86: 1-Jul-1920]
Farmer in Carnamah, Western Australia from October 1919 until his death in January 1921 [6] [9: 11-Mar-1921]
     He had obtained farmland as a soldier settler on the Department of Repatriation's Yarra Yarra Estate in Carnamah in 1919 [P219]
     His land was the 1,345 acre Victoria Location 6926, situated on the north and south sides of what is now Chappel Road [44] [62]
     Farmed in Carnamah in partnership with Anstruther P. TUCKER, who was the owner of the adjacent Victoria Location 6925 [P219]
     During harvest a grass seed entered his ear, which later resulted in his death from meningitis [9: 11-Mar-1921]
Died 22 January 1921; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Wesleyan, DC, 7) [2]
Following his death his farmland in Carnamah was for a brief period owned by his mother, and then by Reginald M. DIAMOND [44]

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 11 March 1921:
Obituary - Mr. Roy Timmings
"We regret to chronicle the death of Mr Roy Timmings, eldest son of Mrs A. W. Timmings, 21 Hooper St., West Perth, and nephew of Mrs Yelverton, of Moora. The deceased had been on active service for four years with the 10th Light Horse, and 41st Battery and having passed through all the terrors and dangers of that great war it seemed the more regrettable that he should meet his death so soon after his return, and through so trivial a circumstance. Some eighteen months ago he commenced farming at Carnamah in partnership with Mr Anster Tucker. During the harvesting a grass seed entered his ear which after a while necessitated a journey to Perth and an operation. Although this seemed to be successful and his condition satisfactory for a while a bad turn was experienced and notwithstanding the best nursing, several operations and consultations with four leading doctors of Perth he died of meningitis in St Omer's Hospital, on January 22nd. The deceased was highly respected by all who came in contact with him, and we feel deeply for the widowed mother and other mourners of the family in their great Loss."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Lewis Roy Timmings' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 July 2024 from [reference list]

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