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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bill" William Joseph LANGDON

Born 9 February 1892 in Clifton, Queensland, Australia [74]
Son of John LANGDON and Marcella O'BRIEN [74]
Labourer in Meekatharra, Western Australia in 1915 [94]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 8 May 1915 in Blackboy Hill, Western Australia [30: item 7377121]
     On enlistment was noted as being 5 feet 5¾ inches tall, weighing 160 lbs with brown eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion [30]
     Gave his father John LANGDON as his next of kin, his address at the time being 16 Dangan Street, North Perth WA [94]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915 [30]
     Private and later Corporal 1178 in the 8th Reinforcements of the 10th Light Horse Regiment during the First World War [30]
     During the war served with the 10th Light Horse Regiment in Gallipoli and Egypt [30]
     Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, the 1914/15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
     Returned to Australia on the Argyllshire on 1 August 1919 and was discharged from the A.I.F. on 29 November 1919 [30]
Married Laura Matilda WADDELL in 1920 in Perth, Western Australia [66]
Farmer in Carnamah 1923-1927 [7: page 65] [8: page 20] [9: 21-Oct-1927]
     Through the Soldier Settlement Scheme obtained 1,088 acres of land on the Inering Estate in Carnamah in 1923 [7: page 65] [8: page 20]
     The 1,088 acres was Lot 1 of the Inering Estate and was situated on the north side of the Carnamah-Perenjori Road [7: page 65] [62]
The Postmaster-General's Department had a telephone line built from Carnamah to the Inering Estate in mid 1924 [86: 24-May-1924]
     He had the telephone to his farmhouse in 1924 - was telephone number Inering-4 [60]
On 7 July 1924 extended his farm with the purchase of 938 acres of land in Carnamah from the Midland Railway Company [27]
     The 938 acres was Lot M978 of Victoria Location 2022 and cost £774 (received a 20% discount for paying cash) [27]
In 1925 and 1927 had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son [53]
Won first prizes for Sheaf of Oats for Hay and Sheaf of Oats for Grain at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1926 [9: 15-Oct-1926]
In November 1926 he purchased a new S model International speed truck [81: 21-Nov-1926]
Donated a trophy to the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1927, which was known as the "Langdon Trophy" [9: 19-Aug-1927]
Purchased a Chrysler 60 car "with the latest American body" from local agent Charles ROBERTSON in September 1927 [4: 24-Sep-1927]
     The car was registered with the Carnamah District Road Board and contained license plate CA-258 [325]
In 1927 sold his 2,026 acre farm in Carnamah to Cornelius SHEAHAN of Dudawa for £4/12/6 an acre [4: 10-Sep-1927] [9: 21-Oct-1927]
     Included in the sale of the farm was his plant, stock and crop of 500 acres [9]
     He was given a send-off at the Inering Homestead in Carnamah on Monday 5 September 1927 [4: 10-Sep-1927]
     The following night he was thrown another farewell when the settlers of the Inering Estate threw him a Surprise Party [4: 10-Sep-1927]
     On leaving Carnamah he shifted to Coorow, where he had purchased another farm [9: 21-Oct-1927]
Farmer in Coorow in 1927 and 1928 [4] [9]
     By October 1927 he'd purchased from Thomas GREGORY a 2,066 acre farm in Coorow [9: 21-Oct-1927] [4: 10-Mar-1928]
     The 2,066 acres were Victoria Location 995 and Lots M963, M1232 & M1357 of Victoria Location 2023 [27] [44]
     In March 1928 it was reported that he had sold the farm in Coorow he had only recently purchased from GREGORY [4: 10-Mar-1928]
     He appears to have sold the farm to W. Gordon LAMBERT and Aeneas CASEY [3] [4: 10-Mar-1928]
In 1936 he was working as a Labourer and living at 7 Kathleen Avenue in the Perth suburb of Maylands [50]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Maylands prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 26 May 1940 [16]
     Class 2 Warrant Officer W243378 in the Australian Army's 9 AUX HTS during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 25 October 1943 [16]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Bayswater [2]
Father of the Winifred [276]
Died 25 August 1961; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Crematorium Rose Gardens, T, 208) [2]

From The Commonwealth Gazette, No. 135, 11 December 1919:
William Joseph Langdon, Distinguished Conduct Medal.
"He has at all times acted with great gallantry and dash in action, and has carried out his troop duties in a most satisfactory manner during the last five months. In the bayonet charge of the regiment at Es Salt on 30 April, 1918, he was one of the first to reach the enemy, and personally bayoneted three of the enemy."

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

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