John was injured on the Somme and died on board a hospital ship bound for England. When news of his death reached his family back here in Australia, a brass plaque was made and mounted at the front of the house and simply named ‘Netley’. It wasn’t until I started my family research that I soon realised the significance of the name Netley and therefore I made it a mission to visit there.
On the winters day that we arrived, we were directed to the long walk in the woods and towards the gates of the cemetery and once there, we decided to separate in order to find where he was buries as we had no idea. The sun was shining over a small hill and I was guided in that direction and walked straight up to the headstone, it took all of a minute as he is buried in the first section of the cemetery near the entrance. I know his family would have loved to know that I visited him as he was a very much loved young man here. He was a Blacksmith and a volunteer firefighter in the little town of Stawell which is also my birthplace and his Grandfather (also John Naylor) was a mining Engineer who came to Australia from Dudley in the United Kingdom in about 1850. Stawell is a gold mining town and his knowledge of mining was very much sought after. He was also the Mayor of Stawell for a time. He would have been extremely proud of his Grandson and I have it documented that the Stawell Fire Brigade sent over goodwill parcels to their volunteer comrades who had joined the AIF. I also have one of John’s letters that he wrote to his family whilst in the trenches in France. I treasure it of course.
John Langford Naylor’s name appears on the epitaph in Stawell and in our history books and I am so very grateful that I had the opportunity to visit his resting place in beautiful Netley and I hope to come back again one day.
PERKINS See Burials with Medals and Awards
12th Bn. Australian Inf.
Died 11th January 1919
John David Hazel died at 12.40 am in the Red Cross Hospital from gunshot wounds to the abdomen, buttock and foot.
He was buried on the 15th of January, Reverend Laverack took the service. Sister Dalgleish of the Red Cross Hospital and 5 patients were present at the funeral.
His coffin was draped with the Union Jack and surmounted by wreaths from Ward 3 British Red Cross Hospital. The Last Post was sounded.
RENOU See Burials with Medals and Awards
Clive Percival SMITH
20th Bn. Australian Inf.
Died 14th August 1918 Age 29
He Gave His Life
For King & Country
Clive died at 5.40 am from a gunshot wound to his foot which was later amputated and he then developed septicemia.
His mother placed this obituary in the Sydney Morning Herald:
When last I saw your smiling face
You looked so strong and brave
I little thought how soon you'd be
Laid in a soldier's grave.
Inserted by his loving mother and father, Amy and Will Smith, brothers and sisters.
Died 21st January 1917 Aged 31
Gone But Not Forgotten
By His Loving Wife
And Three Children
Arthur Douglas from Sue Guinan
Born 12th January 1886 Oatlands Tasmania to Amos and Emily Turner (nee Claydon) and married to Ina Maud Hurd when he enlisted.
He embarked Melbourne 25th May 1916 on “HMAT Warilda” with the No 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company and 1 Reinforcements. He was wounded in France and died at Netley Hospital.
Aust. Army Medical Corps.
Died 10th August 1916
Maria writes: Thank you for a wonderful website with fascinating history. I am doing some research into 106 orphans from Ballarat Orphanage in Victoria, Australia who volunteered for service in World War 1. One of those was Pte George Phillip White who died of wounds at Netley on 10 August 1916 and was buried there. It was wonderful to see a photo of his grave. I would really appreciate it if I could have a copy of the photo. I am compiling a booklet (not for sale) on behalf of the not-for-profit charity which used to run the Orphanage. As many of these orphans had no other family, we are commemorating their stories and service for them. George's brother Herbert also served and was killed in action at Pozieres 5 days before George died.
38th Bn. Australian Inf.
Died 5th January 1918 Age 36
By His Sorrowing Wife
And Three Daughters
He was born in 1882 at Alma Plains SA to Frederick William Charles Wundenberg and Annie. His wife was Susan and he was a bootmaker. He enlisted on 4th July 1916 and was wounded on the 6th July 1917 by gas. He died of Bronchitis at the University War Hospital Southampton.
State Records of SA GRG 26/458
Above information and photo of Ferdinand kindly donated from from http://ww1vic.gravesecrets.net/index.html a wonderful website for Australian Burial information