North of Bulli Pass

Railway Stations North of  Bulli Pass

Can you help us?

We have identified the following stories and names of WW1 service personnel being farewelled or welcomed home at railway stations – are there any more ? Or perhaps you have some photographs or memorabilia of service personnel or the stations from the WW1 years ?

 If so, then if you’d like to help us – please email details to bdhcbulli@gmail.com or phone 02 – 42 671488.

Helensburgh (Helensburgh Historical Society WW1 Records)

  • March 21 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – 10 – 12 soldiers to be welcomed home at the station
  • March 28 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private F B Pemberton wrote a letter of thanks to the ladies who welcomed him home at Helensburgh Railway Station
  • April 4 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private W Drysdale welcomed home at the station – others expected soon after ex POW’s Privates W Jardine & Joseph Barnett – more expected soon
  • April 17 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Privates W Drysdale welcomed home at the station – on leave from hospital
  • May 16 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Hawke welcomed home at the station – also Private Richard “Dick” Kinsey
  • May 23 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Corporal L W Saunders & Private P Morris (Military Medal); Naval  T Hawke & W “Gagen” welcomed home at the station – note another source  Illawarra Mercury June 13 1919 has the name as “Gager” (consistent with a Naval Service Record for J W Gager)
  • May 30 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private D Hotchkiss welcomed home at the railway station
  • November 21 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Corporal E Foster welcomed home at the station

Stanwell Park

Coalcliff

Scarborough (Honour Board)

  • March 18 1915 – Illawarra Mercury – 18 soldiers (unnamed) farewelled at the station and their last leave – May 11 1915 – Illawarra Mercury – also October 19 1915 – Illawarra Mercury (includes Clifton & Wombarra)
  • August 18 1916 – Illawarra Mercury – Evan Evans welcomed home from Gallipoli at the station
  • July 13 1916 – Illawarra Mercury – Scarborough and Clifton residents welcome home 5 sick and wounded soldiers including Private T Hemmings from Gallipoli
  • January 5 1917 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Corporal Benton, Lance Corporal B S Wilson, Privates W Harriss, Frogett, C Wales H H Ewing farewelled at the station
  • November 22 1918 – Illawarra Mercury – Private McGregor welcomed home at the station
  • July 25 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private W Wright, Lance Corporal R Skeats and Sergeant W Vardy welcomed home at the station
  • September 12 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Walter Shirlaw and Driver William Harris welcomed home at the station

Coledale – Honour Roll erected at the station

  • April 26 1918 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Privates a Smart & C Moore to be welcomed home at the station
  • September 12 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private H Brindley welcomed at the station

Austinmer – note – often the returning soldiers were welcomed home at the railway station by their fellow members of Austinmer Surf Life Saving Club

  • July 13 1917 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Curran, the first wounded soldier to return to Austinmer welcomed home at the station
  • July 19 1918 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Arthur Cheadle on final leave farewelled at the station
  • January 3 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Corporal Alick Mathers welcomed home by over 2000 people at the station
  • April 17 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Sapper Leonard Rowe welcomed home at the station (note – photos and stories exist of Leonard Rowe)
  • April 22 1919 – Evening News – Sapper Leonard Rowe welcomed home at the station
  • May 2 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – ex POW’s Sapper J Bell and Private E Ross welcomed home at the station in largest crowd seen at Austinmer
  • May 2 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Privates Ross & Bell welcomed home at the station
  • May 23 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Lieutenant J J R Punch M C welcomed at the station
  • June 13 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Dwyer, who had been a POW,  welcomed home at the station
  • June 20 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private P J Owens, 18th Battalion, welcomed home at the station
  • June 20 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Pat Owens welcomed home at the station
  • July 11 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Frank Newstead welcomed home at the station
  • August 15 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Sapper Neil Strachan welcomed home at the station with procession to his home (note – photos and stories may exist in relation to Neil Strachan’s membership in the Austinmer Surf Life Saving Club)
  • August 15 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Sapper Neil Strachan welcomed home at the station
  • August 29 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Sergeant Joseph Todd welcomed home at the station
  • September 12 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Hewitt was welcomed at the station
  • September 19 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Arthur Cheadle, was said to be the then last Austinmer soldier to return, was welcomed at the station by nearly every man, woman and child
  • November 14 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Corporal Madden of the 12th Light Horse, with his English Bride, and Corporal Bourke, DCM, were welcomed at the station

Thirroul

  • George Hicks returns from the Boer War in 1901 – met at the station (note – photos and stories of George Hicks provided inspiration for the project)
  • October 8 1915 – Illawarra Mercury – regret that Private Curly Johnson not welcomed at the station as unaware of his returning
  • October 22 1915 – Illawarra Mercury – W Webb welcomed home at station
  • November 12 1915 – Illawarra Mercury – Sergeant Lawrence on last leave farewelled at the station
  • November 19 1915 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Kelly and Private Southcomb on last leave farewelled at the station
  • December 10 1915 – Illawarra Mercury – Private C E Bryce welcomed home at the station while on leave of absence – aimed to return to service (see March 28 1916 – Illawarra Mercury )
  • March 28 1916 – Illawarra Mercury – Bugler Jack West, Private T Richards, G Daisley and Murray Jones farewelled at the station
  • June 23 1916 – Illawarra Mercury – Private W Laurence declines welcome home ceremony
  • July 21 1916 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Joe Hawke farewelled at the station
  • January 26 1917 – Private Walker farewelled at the Station
  • December 21 1917 – Illawarra Mercury – Privates Smith and Southcome be welcomed home at the station – both wounded – with Privates Roy Hicks and Ted Humphreys of the Navy farewelled – as had been Private Gumbleton – also mentioned Thirroul School Roll of Honour
  • January 11 1918 – Illawarra Mercury – no station welcome for Private R Ellis as the Welcome Home Committee was unaware of his return
  • June 14 1918 – Illawarra Mercury – Privates McKinnon and R Sutherland farewelled at the station
  • August 23 1918 –  South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Pugh who was awarded the Military Medal is expected home soon
  • November 1 1918 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Jack Redshaw welcomed at the station
  • November 21 1918 – Illawarra Mercury – Privates Russell and Raton miss out on the customary welcome as no one knew they were coming home
  • December 6 1918 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Ryan welcomed home at the station
  • December 20 1918  – Illawarra Mercury – note not a Welcome at Station story – but ex Thirroul School pupil Lieutenant Clifford Stewart awarded Military Cross
  • February 7 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Grace home but due to Influenza epidemic the usual welcome at the station was not possible
  • February 28 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private C H Garnett welcomed at the station
  • April 25 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Johnson welcomed home at the station
  • May 2 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus -Private Turnbull arrived home at the station but family requested that there be no welcome home cemetery and they would make their own arrangements
  • May 16 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Bert Mobbs welcomed at the station
  • May 16 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Mobbs welcomed home at the station
  • May 19 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Victor Dibden welcomed at the station
  • May 23 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Gumbleton & Mobbs welcomed home at the station – Captain H Hicks expected home & another 10 soldiers expected – welcome home to include procession from the station
  • June 6 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – welcome home to many Thirroul soldiers – march from the station platform – Captain Harry Hicks,  Privates V Dibden, W H Mobbs, Edward Ross Bennett, Trooper Geo Johnson, Private C Bryce. Private Sam McGowan, a former POW in Germany welcomed home at the station with a march from the station. (Note – photos & stories exist of Harry Hicks)
  • June 20 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Clyde Dwyer, who had been a prisoner of war for 14 months, was welcomed home at the station
  • July 11 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Privates T Bell, J Spoirs, G N Rogers and Lieutenant H R Booth arrived home at the station – however due to the Influenza epidemic it was not possible to garner enough of the band and to provide the usual welcome as originally planned
  • July 19 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Lieutenant Booth is welcomed home at the station
  • July 25 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Richards was welcomed home at the station
  • August 8 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Lieutenant W T Guard, Gunner Barrington, Privates Gumbleton, G Rogers, R Beaton and T Richards, Air Mechanic Reuben Moore, Private Sam McGowan, Seaman L Williams, R Roberts and Ken Joy – all welcomed home at the station; Private Roy Bloor arrived home at the station (note – photos and stories exist of Ken Joy)
  • August 15 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Corporal Arthur Browning welcomed home at the station
  • August 22 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Privates Dibden  & King welcomed home at the station
  • August 29 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Privates W King and Bert Gibson welcomed at the station
  • September 5 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Privates R Sutherland and R Rawdon at the station by the Returned Soldiers Association,  the Welcome Home Committee and band
  • September 12 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Arthur Green and Captain V Bevan welcomed home at the station
  • September 26 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Jeffrey of the Railway Battalion welcomed to the station with the whistling of locos
  • November 14 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Jack West and his English bride were welcomed at the station
  • November 21 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Jack West and his English bride were welcomed home at the station but no one knew Privates Russell and Paton were returning so there was no welcome at the station for them
  • December 19 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Joe Halk welcomed at the station
  • February 27 1920 – Illawarra Mercury – still waiting for Private T Gibson to return – all other Thirroul soldiers had returned – March 4 1921 – Illawarra Mercury – Private T Gibson had returned home (Note – photos and stories exist of Tom Gibson)

Contact us : bdhcbulli @gmail.com

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