4274 Private


1st Australian Pioneers

Died 28th August 1918


John Langford Naylor was almost 22 years old and a blacksmith when he joined up in July 1915. He died at sea onboard H.M.A.T. Guildford Castle on the way to England from a gun shot wound to his spine.

From Debi Gramson

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 buried 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.  


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.

John is on the left with the pipe.

648 Private


Aust. Machine Gun Corps

Died 7th November 1918 Age 23


Sacred Heart Of Jesus

 Have Mercy On Him


Cyril James was born to Eliza and James. He died at 6.55pm at the Red Cross Hospital Netley from poison gas.


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8038 Private


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.

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     In Memory Of

Corporal David ROBERTS

  8th Light Horse A.I.F.

Who Died September 28th 1915

      Aged 25 Years


To Live In Hearts We Leave Behind Is Not To Die

His parents were Margaret and Stephen.

David embarked for Gallipoli on 10th May 1915.

He died at Netley from Enteric Fever.

Gippslander and Miraboo Times 27th September 1917
Gippslander and Mirboo Times 6th April 1916

4525 Private


28th Bn. Australian Inf.

Died 14th May 1918 Age 22


Younger Son Of

Major J.H. and Mrs. Royce

Of Osborne. W.A.



Gladstone John Berry died from a gunshot wound to the thigh in Southampton on board HMAT Carisbrooke Castle

His parents were Major John Hamilton and Elizabeth Harriet Royce.

2821 Private

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.

2034 Private


Aust. Army. Medical Corps

Died 9th July 1915 Age 20


Ever Remembered


Augustus Dell was wounded at Gallipoli. His parents were Bessie Hunter and Edward Oliver Toulmin.

Terang Express 16th July 1915

4796 Sapper


Australian Tunnellers

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.  

from Tasmania Weekly Courier gravesecrets.net

21112 Gunner


Aust. Field Artillery

Died 3rd October 1918 Age 33


His Duty Nobly Done



Robert Leslie Gibson was born to Mary and Donald Urquhart.

996 Private


9th Bn. Australian Inf.

Died 2nd October 1915 Age 29


    In Memory

Of The Dearly Loved Son

Of Mr & Mrs Vowles




Philip Charles was born to Eliza Jane and Charles Vowles.

4315 Private


Aust. Army Medical Corps.

Died 10th August 1916



George Philip


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.

3438 Serjeant


5th Bn. Australian Inf.

Died 14th October 1917 Age 21


One Of Australia's Heroes



Morris Evion

1626 Private


5th Bn. Australian Inf.

Died 14th June 1915 Age 30



     Though His Face

      We Cannot See

We Hold Him Dear To Memory


John was born to Charles John Ryner and Annie Denham. He was adopted by  Mary and Peter Williamson and was married to Grace Mabel.

2167 Private


38th Bn. Australian Inf.

Died 5th January 1918 Age 36


  Ever Remembered

By His Sorrowing Wife

  And Three Daughters



Ferdinand Theodore


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



Ferdinand Theodore
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