Tyabb soldier returns home wounded


Compiled by Brodie Cowburn

AMONGST the names in the last list of returning wounded soldiers we are pleased to see that of Private A. E. Hollier, of Tyabb.


WE regret to have to record the death of Pte. A. J. Dent, at the front.

Word was received by the mother of deceased a few days ago of the sad event, and general sympathy is expressed for the bereaved friends.

Mr H. Purdy has also been notified that his son has been wounded in the face, though the extent of the injury is not stated.

Both lads were well known in Frankston and generally liked.


A MEETING of the supporters of the reinforcements referendum will be held in the Mechanics’ Institute, Frankston, on Tuesday evening next, for the purpose of forming a committee in furtherance of the successful carrying out of the referendum.

As the time is very limited prior to the referendum being taken, it is necessary, if anything useful is to be done, to commence at once.


THE Somerville branch of the Red Cross Society assisted by the residents of the district are entertaining the returned wounded soldiers on Saturday Dec 1st.

The Langwarrin band will play selections during the day, and all are invited to come and give the boys a cheer.


ON Friday last flags were flying at half mast when it became known that Pte D. Henderson was reported killed in action.



ON the 16th October, in France, Private Alfred James Dent, the  beloved and only son of Mrs Dent, of Frankston and loving brother of Mrs Alf C Hill, and Mrs F Scarborough, and Annie.

We pictured your safe returning, Alf. We longed to clasp your hand but God has postponed our meeting. It will be in a better land.

He died a hero – One of the best.


A GENERAL meeting of the Somerville Fruitgrowers’ Association will be held on Monday next Nov 26th 8pm. in the Mechanics’ Hall.

Business—Election of office bearers for Cool Stores, and other.

All interested are invited. Important.


MESSRS Brody and Mason will hold an extensive clearing sale of the whole of the furnishings of a 14 roomed residence, on account of Mrs A. S. Panter (who has sold her property), on Wednesday next, at their mart, Bay street.


A VERY pretty wedding took place on the 7th November, at the Mornington Junction Presbyterian Church.

The bridegroom was Walter Ernest John Scott, late of the 39th Battalion in the A.I.F. only living, son of the late Henry Charles Scott and Mrs J. A. Hurndell, Mornington Junction.

The bride, Violet Edith Wilson, second eldest daughter of the late Charles Wilson of Moorooduc and Mrs James Male of Mornington Junction.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev G. Carson of Balaclava, late of Mornington.

The bride was charmingly dressed in cream crepe de Chine, with the usual veil and orange blossom arranged in a cap effect, and she carried a bouquet of roses, carnations and maidenhair fern.

She was given away by her step-father and was attended by two little bridesmaids (step sisters of the bride) dressed in embroided voil, and carried pink bouquets with pink streamers.


THE annual meeting of the Western Port Parochial Council was held in Holy Trinity School Room, on Saturday last, November 17th.

Captain Chaplain Croker of Caulfield Hospital, gave a very interesting account of the work the church league of soldiers’ friends is doing for the men in khaki.

His Grace the Archbishop also spoke of the good work being done.

At 12.30 the delegates adjourned for lunch which had been provided by the ladies of Holy Trinity and was all that could be desired.


AN evening was held in the Seaford Hall on Wednesday, 21st September to “Welcome Home” two of the local boys, Privates W. Martin and A Mathewson, who have been returned to us wounded.

The hall was packed and many were unable to get a seat.

Major Conder, Officer Commanding Langwarrin Camp, made a capital chairman.

Several of the Langwarrin boys assisted in the programme which was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.

Supper was catered for by the Ladies, after which those who danced were well catered for until 12.30.


RESIDENTS of Frankston and district will be sorry to learn that “The Hermit”’ has been removed to the Melbourne Hospital.

On Sunday last, Dr Maxwell, hearing that the old-man was ill, visited the camp and found him suffering from heart trouble.

John Maddox, who was formerly a sea captain, has lived a life practically cut off from the outside world, in a secluded spot, about two miles from Frankston, for the past twelve years.

His unique and picturesque abode has been admired by hundreds of visitors to Frankston from whom he refuses to accept money, preferring to work for his food.

Since the above was in type we learn that “The Hermit” died at the Homoepathic Hospital on Friday morning last.

The body will be brought to Frankston today and buried in Frankston cemetery on Sunday afternoon.


A DISTURBANCE took place at Frankston on Saturday evening last, when a crowd of weekend visitors arrived by the train.

They proceeded to stroll down the main street in a disorderly fashion, laughing and calling out boisterously, when Constable Ryan remonstrated with them.

On them not taking any notice, the constable decided to arrest one of the worst behaved, and while on the way to the lockup, several of his companions attempted to effect a rescue.

The policeman warned them to desist, but one of them followed to the police station, and as he would not go away when requested, Ryan went to arrest him also.

In the ensuing struggle the first offender, it is alleged, viciously attacked the constable, who was kicked, struck about the face and body, and knocked violently against the fence.

He retaliated, however, fought with his prisoner, and finally handcuffed the other man, and lodged them both in the cells.


ON Saturday night a novelty night was run by the Social Club and proved very successful, a great number of costumes being worn.

The prize winners were, ladies: Miss E. Unthank; gents: Mr Twyford.

A number of visitors from Mornington were present and all enjoyed the evening.


THIS week a large number of local residents are on the Island after mutton bird eggs.

A good trip should result.


From the pages of the Mornington Standard, 24 November 1917

First published in the Mornington News – 21 November 2017


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