Genealogy - Thomas Strong, Danny Bacon, Archie Rogers

Email receied from Barry :- I have attatched a photo and service records of my grandfather Thomas Strong (centre) Danny Bacon (left) and Archie Rogers (right) all born in Cygnet and joined 12th Batallion in 1914. This may be of some interest to you and some of the families still living in Cygnet including Fred Strong my uncle who I believe still lives there. I hope to visit there next year on ANZAC day and march with my uncle (Fred) as he and I are returned soldiers. Regards Barry

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Daniel BACON

Regimental number 96
Religion Church of England
Occupation Labourer
Address Lovett, Tasmania
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 20
Next of kin Father, J H Bacon, Lovett, Tasmania
Enlistment date 28 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll 28 August 1914
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 12th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/29/1
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 12th Battalion
Fate Returned to Australia 7 January 1916
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Thomas Henry STRONG

Regimental number 117
Religion Roman Catholic
Occupation Labourer
Address Woodstock, Huon, Tasmania
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 19
Next of kin Father, P Strong, Woodstock, Palverata, Tasmania
Enlistment date 20 August 1914
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 12th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/29/1
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll) Name does not appear on Nominal Roll
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Archie ROGERS

Regimental number 88
Religion Church of England
Occupation Orchardist
Address Port Cygnet, Tasmania
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 19
Next of kin Father, Fredk. Rogers, Port Cygnet, Tasmania
Enlistment date 20 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll 28 August 1914
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 12th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/29/1
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Hobart, Tasmania, on board Transport A2 Geelong on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal Roll Private
Unit from Nominal Roll 12th Battalion
Fate Killed in Action 05-8 May 1917
Place of burial No known grave
Commemoration details
Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.


The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.


On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.


After the war an appeal in Australia raised 22,700 Pounds, of which 12,500 Pounds came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
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