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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Wilfred Victor GLADSTONE

Born 1886 in Talbot, Victoria, Australia [15]
Son of Robert George GLADSTONE and Emily FRY
Farmhand for TRATHAM Bros in Tambellup, Western Australia [50]
He was passed as fit for active service in the Australian Imperial Force in Tambellup on 30 December 1915 [30]
    At the time he gave his occupation as Miner and his address care of his father in Wagin [30]
Married Christine Laura BAILE in 1916 [66]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Blackboy Hill on 24 January 1916[30: item 5099399]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 140 pounds and had grey eyes, dark brown hair and a normal complexion [30]
     He'd previously served three years with Junior Cadets in Victoria, one and a half years of which he held the rank of Corporal [30]
     After training in Bunbury he was appointed to the 16th Reinforcements of the 16th Battalion on 23 March 1916 [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916 [18]
     Initially served in Egypt and was transferred to the 4th Cyclists Corps on 18 May 1916 [30]
     Embarked Alexandria, Egypt on 29 May 1916 and disembarked in Plymouth, England on 8 June 1916 [30]
     Transferred to the 28th Battalion on 7 September 1916,  to the 44th Battalion on 23 September 1916 [30]
     Proceeded to France on 25 November 1916 where he served until proceeding back to England on 10 December 1917 [30]
     Private 5107 in the Australian Imperial Force's 44th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Embarked England for Australia on the H.T. Balmoral Castle on 1 February 1918 due to an injury to his left shoulder [30]
     Discharged from the A.I.F. in Perth on 10 April 1918; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Farmer in Yandanooka 1919-1949 [10] [19]
     He acquired Lots 2 and 3 of the Yandanooka Estate under the Soldier Settlement Scheme [10: 24-Jan-1919] [61]
Member of the Mingenew Tennis Club from 1919 until at least 1936-37 [10: 24-Jan-1919] [5: 5-Mar-1937]
     In January 1919 he was a new member of the Club and had done a lot for the Club as "a top notch player, and an enthusiast" [10]
He was one of 133 who signed a petition in 1927 requesting the granting of a Publican's License for Yandanooka [39: 12-Jan-1927]
Finalist in the North Midlands Easter Tennis Tournament held in Mingenew on 11th, 12th and 13th of April 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Attended the Fifth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Dongara on Saturday evening 24 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Watermans Bay [2]
Died 9 September 1960; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, ZR, 258) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Wilfred Victor Gladstone' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/wilfred-victor-gladstone [reference list]




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