Point Clare Cemetery War Graves

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Point Clare Cemetery War Graves

Until the mid 1950’s all returning servicemen and women could if requested by the family, receive the honour of a beautiful white marble or brown granite headstone courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. There are in total 23 Official War Grave Headstones that are the traditional headstones, maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (They maintain, weed and clean them annually).  After sometime in the 1950’s they ceased to issue the stone headstone and reverted to a brass plaque to commemorate the War dead.

The stone headstones are made of the white marble from South Ulam in Queensland and is used for Australian war graves throughout the world. South Ulam marble is a metamorphic rock that is created from limestone after it has been subjected to extreme heat and pressure. The size of the calcite crystals in South Ulam marble has been determined by the amount of metamorphism it had been exposed to.

Marble that has been exposed to higher levels of heat and pressure generally have larger calcite crystals than it would have otherwise. These over sized crystals is what makes these war graves sparkle the way that they do.

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There are also brown stone war graves at Point Clare Cemetery, they are made from a stone called Trachyte, which is a fine grained form of granite from the Southern Highlands near Bowral NSW.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission assures me that they do not make mistakes when it comes to the War Graves at this or any other cemetery and that their records are a true and correct reflection of what is at ground level at the site. I beg to differ. There are mistakes as to the number of stones/what they are made of, service numbers of the soldiers and the details on the stones (like the age when the soldier died).

For the number of mistakes in this cemetery alone, Point Clare is by no means one of the largest cemeteries in the country, one can only imagine how many other mistakes there are on stones in other cemeteries around Australia.

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s records reflect that there are seven white Marble stones and that the rest are of the brown trachyte granite. As you glance around Point Clare Cemetery you will see several of the white Ulam Marble  war grave stones and it will not take you long to count more than seven of the white ones. My estimate is there is thirteen of the white marble stones all up. But there is an even more curious mistake amongst these war graves but I will get to that a bit later. Including one that is not on their official list (P. J. Wells). It is to our benefit that there are more of the white marble stone than the brown trachyte one as the white stones just sparkle and gleam back at you.

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Not all of the people in these graves made a name for themselves in the local paper, which is my primary source of information for all of this cemetery some of the following is information gleaned about these some returned soldiers from either the local paper or their war service records. I will in time add to this list and attempt to find information about all 23 of these returned service men. There is no particular reasoning as to why someone gets a white or a brown headstone, but there is an effort to conserve some of the white marble as it is a finite resource reserved for the Commonwealth War Graves in other countries.

There is only one stone that was erected during the wars (either WW1 or WW2) a brown trachyte stone. This is the grave of Reginald Thompson, a 16 year old Naval cadet who went AWOL and committed suicide in the bush up at Somesby in the summer of 1919.

Reginald Thomas enlisted 19 August, 1918, His service record is only 2 pages long, he had “Straw” coloured hair fair complexion and blue eyes. He was 5 foot 4 inches tall. He has a scar on his right  third finger on the inside. He died on or about 14 January, 1919. The navy approved an expenditure of £10 in respect for his funeral and that money was forwarded to the Next of Kin. That is the extent of his service record.

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Reginald Thompson       Aged 16                14/1/1919

Methodist Section 1       Row       1              Grave 9

Service number                6793                 Brown Trachyte Military Stone

20th February 1919

Sad Suicide Case.

Naval Trainee Strangles Himself.

About 6 p m. on Thursday last Ernest Gambling accidentally came across a body suspended from a dry tree limb at Somesby about 50 yards off the main road. His attention was drawn to the spot by a horse rug which was also hanging from the tree.

He immediately rang up the police, and Sergeant Morris proceeded to the spot. The body was dressed in a striped cotton shirt, dark tweed coat and black sailor trousers. A pair of heavy boots with cashmere socks was lying close by.

There was also a bundle of sailor clothes near the spot bearing the names ‘ H. M.  A..S. Tingara ” and  R. W. Thompson.

The body, which was badly decomposed, was suspended from the tree limb by a cord attached to the boy’s neck. It was not sufficiently long to permit of any drop, and the lower portion of the body was practically resting on the ground.

In the breast of the coat pocket the Sergeant found a leather purse containing 17s Id.

Subsequently the body was identified by Mr. Robert Parsons and Mr. Henry Clarke as that of a lad named Reginald William Thompson. Deceased spent a portion of his Christmas holidays at Mr. Parsons’ place, and towards the end of his stay Mr. Parsons stated that the lad became very despondent and did not wish to return to the H.M.A.S. Tingara, where he was a naval trainee.

On Saturday an inquest was held at the Courthouse by the District Coroner, Mr. R. J Baker.

Mr. John W. Thompson, of Camperdown, stated that deceased was his son, aged 16 years and 8 months, and had been a trainee on the Tingara about six months. The lad had been on a holiday, spent at Mr. Parsons’ place, Somersby, and returned home on the 5th January.

He was due to return to his ship on the 13th and left home that day with his kit all packed up, and the parents were under the impression that he had gone back to the boat. But instead, the boy took train to Gosford and walked to Somersby, where during the night he secured a couple of rugs and lantern from the residence of Mr. Parsons, and, going into the bush about 300 yards away, nailed one of the rugs (a horse rug) to a tree.

Later on, probably next day or night, he placed his sailor uniform cord around his neck, the end tied to the limb of a tree, and in this determined way strangled himself.

The body was not found till a month later. A verdict was returned that the deceased died fron suffocation wilfully caused by strangling himself on or about the 14th day of January, 1919.

The remains were interred in Point Clare cemetery

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Service record for Reginald Thompson

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Patrick Joseph Scanlon                  20th September, 1924,                   Aged 40 years

Service number                                3682                       Brown Trachyte Military Stone

Roman Catholic,                               Section 1             Row 3                    Plot 1

Enlisted in 1917, aged 33 years. Was 5 foot 6inches tall with a fair complexion and auburn/red hair. His record notes his above the knee amputation (right leg) that happened after his term of service. He had been wounded in action, shot in the heel (again right leg) whilst serving. That injury to his heel and any further medical attention required for that heel was under the auspices of Veteran Affairs. Veteran Affairs appear to have paid for the false leg even though the heel injury was no more.

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25th September, 1924

P. J SCANLON.

On Saturday morning last, the death, occurred at the residence of his mother, Mrs. McCarthy, Gertrude Street, Gosford, of Mr. Patrick Joseph Scanlon, aged 40. He was a native of Quirindi, but had resided for some time in this district, and enlisted from Gosford for the A.I.F.

He served in the 33rd Battalion, and was wounded at the front in the ankle, and also gassed.

After his return to Australia he was thrown from a train while in charge of some horses returning from Canterbury Races; and a train passing on the next line severed one leg. He was a well-known figure about Gosford of late years, and many friends regret death, and express sympathy with relatives.

 Mr. Scanlon (who was generally known as McCarthy, his mother having married a second time) leaves a widow and a son nine years of age. Another son died at the age of five months while Mr. Scanlon was away with the A.I.F. The deceased ex-soldier had been ill for some time, and during –last week became much worse. Medical attention was given, but death came from heart failure. The funeral moved to Point Clare Cemetery on Sunday and was very largely attended.

The Rev. Father Donovan performed the last rites; and a number of wreaths were laid on the casket. Returned soldiers attended in uniform, and six of their number acted as pall-bearers.
25th September, 1924

DEATH.

SCANLON.— September 20th, 1924, at the residence of his mother, Gertrude Street, Gosford, Patrick Joseph Scanlon, aged 40 years.

R.I.P.

Service record for Scanlon

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Henry Doggrell

Henry Doggrell                 10/11/1949         Aged 60

Service number                4681                    White Marble Military Stone

C of E                                  Section 8             Row 7    Plot  M3

Henry Doggrell enlisted in July 1915, He was an Englishman born in Dorsett, near the town of Shaftsbury.  He was 26 years and 10 months. He had a fresh complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. He was 5 foot seven inches tall. He was Church of England. He arrived in England by August 1916. He was wounded in action by March 1917 with a gunshot wound to the left leg/thigh. He returned to Australia by April1917. He was Medically Discharged August 1917. Awarded a pension of £3 per fortnight.

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11th November 1949

Man Collapses and Dies In Garden –
Henry Doggrell, 60, collapsed and died in his garden at his home at 75 Hill Street, Gosford, yesterday afternoon about 5 o’clock. Brisbane Water Ambulance officials were told that Doggrell was chipping grass when he collapsed. Doggrell, who was a returned soldier, was a member of the Gosford Buffalo Lodge, of which he was a K.O.M. (Second highest rank)

Mr R. H. Creighton, of Gosford, will conduct the funeral to Point Clare Cemetery today.

The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) is a fraternal organisation which assists members, their families and charities. It has a tiered structure, with a Grand Lodge, Provincial Grand Lodges and Minor Lodges. Originating in Drury Lane, London, in 1822 when a group of actors set up various lodges as they toured the country, it is now active globally, particularly in former parts of the British Empire. In Sydney the first recorded meetings date from 1882.

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Service record for Henry Doggrell

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Haines and Kissell

Both Service Number 2624

Both these men are returned servicemen from the First World War. Both of these men survived the ordeals of what the war threw at them. Both of these men received the honour of receiving a beautiful white marble headstone courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

John Albert Haines                                         27/3/1947            Aged 75

Service number                2624                       White Marble Military Stone

 C of E    Section 5             Row 2    Plot 32

He enlisted in May 1916, aged 44 and 5 months… He was 5 foot 6 inches tall… 13 stone…Dark hair eyes grey with a dark complexion… He embarked August 1916 and served in France for 18 months…He caught the flu which turned into Bronchitis, was unable to train and was a medical discharge 23/12/19  He was a Bootmaker by trade… Ran the Blackwall Post Office he played cricket… was good friends of the Singleton and Buttwell Families… he took Gosford Council to court over the appointment of a staff member without applying the correct procedures… and was the first Secretary of the Woy Woy Branch of the RSL.

There are three mistakes about this stone, one is his age at death… if you do the maths based on his war service record he was 75 not 80 when he died. The cut off age for the Army Service was 45 years, maybe Haines shaved off 5 years when he joined and the family put forward the correct details (?).

The other two mistake are possibly his service number as stated on the stone and that the War graves Commission has it listed as a trachyte stone not white marble.

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The following article from the local paper is about his son.

13th February 1930

SUCCESSFUL SCHOLAR.

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Haines, of the Blackwall Post Office, have every reason to feel proud of their son John Haines junior, who is employed at the Standard Weighgoods Works at Clyde, was successful in the fitting and machinery section of the recent technical examinations, and shows good promise of making big strides in the engineering world.

Haines’ War Service Record

http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=4266409

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George Henry Kissell     22/5/1951            Aged 60

Service number                2624                    White Marble Military Stone

 C of E    Section 8             Row 12               Plot 18

Enlisted 30 June, 1915… He was living in Bathurst NSW… He was aged 25 years 1 month… He was a labourer. He was 5 foot 4 inches tall… He had a fair complexion, grey eyes and brown hair… He was Church of England He embarked from Australia 9/8/15… He had trouble with his teeth that required medical intervention… He reported to the venereal diseases hospital four times… Was transferred to the cycle Corps and went AWOL four times… was sent to France in January 1916… Sent to London in October 1917 went AWOL again four times… was sent to France in November 1916… wounded in Action January 1917… He went AWOL five times… wounded in Action a second time in October 1917… he kept up his AWOL ways and was finally charged with desertion, he was court marshalled and sentenced to 3 years at Pentonville Prison in Greater London on the 4th November 1918 (one week before the war was declared over 11/11/1918.) he was released from gaol on 21/7/19 and deported to Australia on7/9/19… there is a big stamp on his war service record “Not Eligible For Medals”.

Kisssell’s War Service Record

http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7373428

This is where these two returned service men have a historical crossing over by having the same identical service numbers. Service numbers are to be allocated to each individual and are generally not supposed to be reused. But during WW1, this pre computer/non centralised data based era, it was common for multiple servicemen to have the same number.

These incidences of multiple men having the same service number happened once someone with the number died during the war, the service number was reissued. Usually they would add a ‘A’ before the number to denote that it was a reissued number however sometimes they did not.

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In the case of Haines and Kissell, in this instance, it looks like a mistake of some sort of administrative type. Haines died in 1947 and Kissell in 1950 (or 1951), both servicemen well after the Wars (both of them WW1 and WW2). Also what are the odds of someone being buried within 50 meters of the other out of the 160,000 who enlisted in WW1, with the same service number.

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By having a good look at the service records using the links provided Haines has some red pen adding as number 2624 on the front of his file, but my money is on Kissell being the true 2624 although in 1936 on page 7 of Kissell’s record it is noted in handwritten scrawl “No record of 2624 Kissell G. E., 4th Battalion – Is this the man?”. (Note the red pen on Haines records page 5…the service number looks like a later addition) So even at the time of the records being written there was some degree of confusion about these men.

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James Lawrence Popplewell      23/11/1941         Aged 63

Service number                5760                       Brown Trachyte Military Stone

RC but buried C of E        Section 5             Row 1    Plot 18

James Lawrence Popplewell was born in New Zealand and Enlisted February 1916… He was 36 years and five months old and married… a cook and baker by trade… he was Roman Catholic, he has a vaccination scar and it is noted “that he is giving no trouble”. Embarked for Europe in June 1916, was in England with Bronchitis in Dec 1916. He was transferred to France, October 1917 and very quickley wounded in action in October 1917 by a shell wound to the Left shoulder and buttocks and repatriated to England. He was medically discharged in October, 1918.

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Popplewell’s War Service Record

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C.E. McIntosh 16/7/1947            Aged 61

Service number                1639                       White Marble Military Stone

RC but buried C of E        Section 3             Row 3    Plot 75

C. E, McIntosh 29 years and 1 Months of age when he enlisted in June 1915… he was 5 foot 3 inches tall, ruddy complexion with blue eyes and dark brown hair… He had a scar below both knees and a mole between the shoulders… He was a Baker/ Cook by trade… There is a wife noted, but then a further note states that she is dead…Arrived December 1915 ANZAC… sent to VD Hospital in Suez January 1916… in September 1916 Invalided to Australia medically unfit due to VD… In 1957 his son and lost contact with his father and was in Callan Park Mental Institution. The army had to inform the son that his father had died some 5 years earlier.

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McIntosh’s War Service Record

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And just when you think the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has made a further mistake there actually is another McIntosh C. in the graveyard.

 

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C. McIntosh                 16/7/1940            Aged 65

Service number                956                         Brown Trachyte Military Stone

Presbyterian                      Section 1             Row 4                    Plot 28

Charles McIntosh enlisted in February 1915 and has a very low service number with only three digits was 39 years and 7 months of age… he puts his trade as Steel Smithing… he had previously seen battle action with the South African Volunteers… he was 5 foot 10 inches tall, dark complexion, dark eyes and dark hair… He was Presbyterian… In September 1917 he had a gunshot wound to the chest… He was discharged in March 1918… In 1940 there seemed to be a hitch with his estate. There is a letter requesting  the locations of the witness’s to his Will, that he wrote whilst in the Army. The Army had to write back to inform them that both of the witness’s to his Will had been killed in Action.

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C.McIntosh’s War Service Record

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Alexander William Ellison                           28/6/1943            Aged 64

Service number                252                         White Marble Military Stone

Church of England                                           Section  5            Row 3    Plot  72

Alexander William Ellison enlisted just one month after the beginning of World War 1 in August 1914, hence is extra low, three figured service number.

He was born in Adelaide and was 36 years 3 months of age… He was 5 foot 5inches tall with brown hair brown eyes… He was a horse Groom… He was a Trooper with the 6th Light Horse He was Church of England… Enlisted august 1914… Went to Malta… Caught Dysentery at Gallipoli…  August 1915… December 1915… Medically discharged June 1916 Suffering from nervousness, very weak, loss of flesh, diarrhoea and recommended for further treatment. 2 months convalesce. He was married to Agnes Ellison who applied for a Widow’s badge in March 1945 to be told that they did not make them anymore.

Commonwealth War Graves commission has this stone in their records as a trachyte granite stone.  

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Ellison’s War Service Record

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12th July 1917
THE ANZACS’ DICTIONARY.
Language of the Trenches.
The following is a list of words or phrases used in the trenches in Flanders :—
Aussie ( “Ozzy”):                     An Australian soldier.
Tommy or Choom :                An English soldier.
Jock :                                           A Scotch soldier.
Zealand :                                   A New Zealand soldier. (Call him Pig Island if you would make him wild.)
Fritz :                                          A German soldier.
Savee :                                        Do you know.
Compree :                                  Do you understand.
Imshi :                                        Clear out.
Backshee :                                 Something for nothing.
Chatty :                                       Affected with trench vermin, known as chats.
Clink :                                         Gaol
Bird :                                           Prisoner.
Quack :                                       The army doctor.
Swinging the Lead :                Evading service ; malingering.
The Heads :                              Those in authority.
Dead Meat Tickets :               Identification
Tray Bong :                               Very good.
Hickory :                                    Be off.
Barometer                                Gas helmet.
Tin Hat :                                     Steel helmet.
Shooting Stick :                        Rifle.
Ham and Chicken :                 Ammunition.
Mills’ Pills :                               Mills’ hand grenades.
No. 9 :                                          Pills ordered by the army doctor.
Freak Villa :                              The cook-house.
Babbling Brook :                      The cook.
Iodine Villa :                             Where the doctor rests his patients.
Army Nervous Corps :           Service Corps. ,3V
Dinkum Oil :                             Straight information.
Napooh Mafeesh :                   The finish.
Dopey :                                       Silly.
One-star Artist :                      A second lieutenant.
Tanks or Oases :                      Army boots.
Mad Mick and Banjo:             Pick and shovel.
Knocked :                                  Wounded.
Skittled :                                    Killed.
To get a Blighty :                     To be wounded and sent back to England.
Home and Dried :                   Safe and sound.
Hop Over                                  To go over the trenches towards the enemy.
Iron Rations for Fritz :          Shells for the enemy
Comfort                                     Funds Shells.
Fags :                                           Cigarette.
Step the Gutter :                      Pass the butter.
Jack Scratch                             Got a match
Wandering Jew :                     Stew.
Dodger :                                     Bread.
Possie :                                       Position.
Digger :                                      A West Australian.
Jack, Charlie, Mac. :              A handy name for anyone.
Dag :                                           A character, a ‘ hard case.
Windbag :                                A talker out of his turn.

 

Dr and Mrs Sidney Fielder

Grave Site Church of England Section 1 Row 7 Plots 4 and 5

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Mr and Mrs Sidney Fielder

Dr Sidney Fielder, Medical Practioner, Died 3rd May, 1924, aged 62 years.

Mrs Edith Fielder, Local Red Cross founder, Died 15th February, 1925, aged 65 years.

Unless otherwise stated all newspaper referrals are from the Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate (1906 – 1954)

The following are some of the many articles in the local paper regarding incidents Dr Fielder played some part in.

30th August 1907

Serious Accident,

A serious accident occurred on Saturday evening at the Tascott railway platform, Point Clare, to Mr. Forster, a well known, especially in sporting circles, as the caterer for the A. J.C. at Randwick and also at other metropolitan race courses.  

Mr Forster, with Mr. R. F. Pickering, Mr Archibald and number of other gentlemen had enjoyed a pleasant and successful days ocean fishing on Mr Fred Couche’s launch ‘ Glenrock,’ and returned to Woy  Woy in time to catch the evening northern train.

At Tascott, where Mr Forster resides, the carriage in which he was seated over ran the platform by several yards and being unaware of the fact, in the darkness he stepped out into space and experienced a nasty fall. Mr Forster’s friends at once rendered him prompt aid and were dismayed to find that he was unconscious and that his head had been injured.

With all care he was lifted into the train and brought on to Mr Laws’ Imperial Hotel, Gosford, where he was attended to by Dr Fielder, but prior to that his companions were gratified to find that he was returning to consciousness. The injured gentle man had so far recovered on Sunday that he was able to return to Tascott, but his many friends will regret to know that he had evidently sustained a very severe shaking.

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28th July, 1911

Driving Accident.

While driving out near Springfield yesterday Nurse Harley met with a a painful accident. The sulky collided with a stump, arid she was thrown out, the wheel passing over her.

Nurse Harley was taken to Dr. Fielder’s surgery suffering from shock and bruises. Fortunately no bones were broken, and everyone will be glad to hear of her speedy recovery, for Nurse Harley is extremely popular in the district of Brisbane Water.

 

6th October 1911

WAMBERAL.

A young man named Ernest Watkins while engaged chipping among beans was bitten on the finger by a brown snake. After scarifying the wound he was brought in to Dr. Fielder’s surgery, and on reaching Gosford was almost in a state of collapse.

However, on being treated by the doctor he recovered and is now quite out of danger. This is the third time that he has been bitten by snakes during the past twelve months.

 

1st December, 1911

NARARA ACCIDENT.

Mr. A. Edwards, , of the Penang Sawmills, had the misfortune to meet with a serious accident on Wednesday last. He was removing a piece of bark when by some means his finger was caught and drew his hand in. He had the presence of mind to stop the saw (which was fortunately a large one) but not before his hand was badly lacerated and the muscle torn off the arm from the elbow to near the wrist. Mr. Dahlgren drove him into the surgery where Dr. Fielder attended to the injury, inserting 8 stitches.

 

3rd January 1918

Land Sale at Terrigal

The auction sale of land at Terrigal (Dr. Fielder’s Subdivision), advertised to take place on New Year’s Day, was conducted by Messrs. Richardson & Wrench, in conjunction with Mr. F. Wheeler, in the presence of a fair crowd which was composed mainly of spectators rather than speculators, as only three blocks of what is honestly ‘ described as a choice subdivision were disposed of — two by auction, and one by private treaty afterwards. Satisfactory prices were obtained in each case.

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8th May 1924

Death of Mrs. S. Fielder.

SAD LOSS TO THE DISTRICT.

By the death of Mrs. Sidney Fielder, Gosford district has lost perhaps its mosts benevolent and well-beloved resident.

There was no movement of a charitable or patriotic nature which could not count upon Mrs. Fielder’s assistance and active co-operation; and her disposition was so sweet and kindly ‘that she had a host of friends who regarded her with ~a very genuine affection. The universal expressions of regret, the great number of floral tokens forwarded, and the exceptionally large attendance at the last rites, were only the outward tokens of the sincere grief of the residents of the district, who realise that they have lost a helper and friend of rare worth.

The deceased lady had suffered a long and very painful illness, which she bore with an uncomplaining spirit, which proved that her Christian faith was a very real thing in her life — indeed, her whole life was an object lesson in Christ-like fortitude which could not only sustain a sweet and gentle disposition under suffering and sorrow, but could also still give kindly comfort to others in trouble.

Last Anzac Day marked a crisis in Mrs. Fielder’s illness. During the memorial and unveiling ceremony  at the new Memorial, she followed the service from her residence, ‘Beverley,’ opposite the Park, and joined in the singing of the hymns.

Within a few hours of this she became unconscious; and this was the beginning . of the sad end, which came on Saturday morning last, after a period of unconsciousness lasting over six days.

It is difficult to indicate the range of Mrs. Fielder ‘s activities in assisting worthy movements; she was the prime mover and helper in so many of them, and besides was a bringer of help and comfort to a host of individuals in need. Some of her work is known to the many, but after all, it represents only a part of her influence for good.

There are hundreds bf cases in which her sympathy, care and counsel helped those in sore need—instances which are not known to the public, and never will be known save in the grateful hearts of those she helped. Perhaps her most outstanding public work was done in connection with the Red Cross Society, of which she was the revered President for many years. She led the good ladies of this Society in a’ long series of efforts to assist patriotic and charitable objects, and a very large share of the credit for the great amount of good work accomplished is due to her self sacrificing and untiring work. During the period of the War, particularly, when there was so much to be done, Mrs. Fielder’s energies never flagged, and the amount of work done with her inspiration and help in the district was enormous.

Mrs. Fielder was a deeply religious woman in the highest sense of the term, and was always ready and willing to help in Church work. She was President of the Christ Church Women ‘s Guild, and in many other |ways strove by works, example – and influence, to lighten and deepen the lives of those about her.

Her death, as well as being a sad blow to her host of personal friends, means a well-nigh loss to the religious and benevolent life of the district.

Edith Beatrice Henrietta Buckley was born in Ayr, Scotland, and was married to Dr. Sidney Fielder at Glasgow. After leaving the Homeland, she went to New Zealand, later going to South Australia, where she spent three years: She had lived in New South Wales for 36 years — in Molong, Wellington, and Wollongong, and for the last 30 years in Gosford.

She was 62 years of age at the time of her death.

Mrs. Fielder leaves a widower and one child — Esther Edith, who is the wife of Dr. J. H. Paul, of Gosford.

There are three grandchildren. Her Sister, Mrs. W. Cumming, ‘ of Perth, Western Australia came across to be with the deceased lady in what proved to be her last illness; and a nephew and niece, to mourn their loss.

The interment took place, on Sunday afternoon and the funeral service was commenced Christ Church, Gosford, and the cortege afterwards moved to Point Clare Cemetery, where the Rector, Rev. Arthur Renwick, conducted the last rites.

Pall-bearers were chosen from among the returned soldiers, who — many of them in uniform —

attended in force. A number of Red Cross members, some of them in their nursing uniform, were also present; and the attendance of the general publice was probably the largest seen at a district funeral, and gave eloquent testimony to the sincere regard in which the deceased lady was held.

Hers was a beautiful life of love for others; and she, lying at rest on the gentle slope, looking to the East over the beautiful Broadwater to the greater glory of Heaven, where she will receive her reward, will not be forgotten by the many who have reason to call her blessed.

The number of wreaths forwarded was unprecedented; the funeral vehicles were covered with them. It is emblematic of the popular sorrow that many of them bore no name of the sender. Among those which had cards attached were the following: —

Gosford Sub-branch Returned Sailors and Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia, President and Councillors of the Shire of Erina, Members of the Gosford Branch Red Cross Society, Women’s Guild, Members of Gosford Presbyterian Church, Springfield Women’s Guild, Narara Red Cross, Members of Narara Church of England Women’s League, Narara Church, of England Girls’ Guild, Husband, Son, and Daughter, and Grandchildren, Mrs W. Cumming (sister), Grace, Bertha, and Hugh Cumming nieces and nephew), Mr . and Mrs Tubman and family, Mrs W. Wheeler and daughter, Mr and Mrs W. E. Kirkness and family., Mr and Mrs G. H. Adcock, Mr and Mrs W. Eley, Mr and Mrs J. F. Davison and family, Mr and Mrs Elliott (Narara), Mr and Mrs Arden Fell, Mr and Mrs C. J. Fenton, Mrs Gell and family, Mrs. Borritt, Mr and Mrs B. Moore, Mr and Mrs J. May and family, Mr and Mrs Ferguson (Railway Refreshment Rooms), Mr and Mrs Harris and family, Mrs E. E. Shaw, Mr and Mrs Clias. Hills, Lady Ewing, Mrs D’Arcy Johnston, Mrs Carne, Captain and Madame G. I. Adcock, Mr and Mrs J. O’Brien, Mr and Mrs H. Pateman and Jean, Mr and Mrs R. R. Mortimer and family, Mr and Mrs W. Bradbury and family, Mr and Mrs Tom Campbell, Mr and Mrs C. E. Ingram and family, Mr and Mrs W. Horsnell and family, Mr and Mrs J. Verden and family, Mr and Mrs W. E. Gell, Mr and Mrs F. Klumpp and family, Mr and Mrs G. Margin and family, Mr and Mrs Will J Sterland, Mrs E. Clifford, Mr and Mrs J. N. Swinson, Mr and Mrs F. R. Archbold, Mr and Mrs Eden and family, Mr and Mrs A. J. Rigelsford, Mr and Mrs. Guy Parr, Mr and Mrs C. T. Pile, Mr and Mrs Robert Burns and family, Mrs and Miss Worley, Mr and Mrs Ranyard and family, Mr and Mrs A. A. Golian and family, Mr and Mrs Fred Wheeler and family, Mr and Mrs L. E. Pring, Mr and Mrs R. J. Baker and family, Mr and Mrs J. T. Pryce, Mr and Mrs J. W. Lees, Mr and Mrs James Frost, Mr and Mrs Deasey and family, Mr and Mrs A. Gibson, Mr and Mrs Arthur Delandre, Mr and Mrs A. W. Helsham, Mr and Mrs J. R. Chapman (Lisarow), Mr and Mrs W. Parry, Mr and Mrs G. A. Walpole, Mr and Mrs J. Sergeant, Mr and Mrs W. S. Moase, Mr and Mrs A. James and family, Mrs and Misses MacCabe (Lindfield), . Ruth, Arthur and Cyril (The Rectory), Miss Delandre, Sister Greene, and many others without cards.

The funeral arrangements were reverently carried out by Mr. R. H. Creighton.Bottom of Form

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24 July, 1924

Mr. R. Dumbrell, monumental mason, in Gosford, is at present engaged on a memorial designed for the grave of the late Mrs. E. Fielder, which will be handsome in its simple dignity.

The stone being used for the two course kerbine, comes from the Gosford quarry, managed by Mr. Hayward, and is another proof of the excellence, of the local article.

Mr. Dumbrell, who introduced this stone to Newcastle, and erected many hundreds of pounds worth of it in the cemeteries there, says it is the best, in fineness and evenness of grain., that he has handled, and it is doubtful whether , it could be equalled anywhere. With’ such superiority or texture, and practically unlimited life (with Gosford Court House as a standing testimony in proof), there is, as Mr. Dumbrell says, a wonderful future ahead of this Gosford stone.

 

19th February, 1925.

SIDNEY FIELDER.

On Sunday morning last the news swiftly passed through the town that Dr. Sidney Fielder bad gone — another of the link’s with the Gosford of the past had been severed. For some time Dr. Fielder had been in indifferent health, and after a short acute illness he passed away peacefully shortly after midnight on Saturday.

He was the fifth son of John Roberts and Elizabeth Ann Fielder, and was born at Tichfield, Hants, England, 64 years ago.

After graduating at Glasgow, he practised his profession at Rochdale in Lancashire. On arrival from the old country he commenced the practise of his.  profession at Wollongong, transferring his practice there to Dr. John Kerr.
In 1895 he came to Gosford, and, in those days of pioneering, was the only medico between the outskirts of Newcastle and Hornsby. This fact necessitated many hardships and long horseback excursions.

Dr. Fielder became endeared to his patients by his wonderful personality and undoubted professional skill. Sanitation was defective in those days, and typhoid was common in Gosford.

As an Alderman, and a quiet but keen worker for the good of his town, Dr. Fielder suggested and advised what was necessary, and that disease was wiped out except for an occasional imported case.

He was a member of the Masonic Order, a Trustee of the School of Arts, and in the past a very ardent worker for all the local movements.

The loss of his wife nine months ago deprived him of the mainspring of his life. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. James H. Paul, and three grandchildren.

On Monday afternoon a most impressive and touching funeral service was held at Christ Church. The Rector, Rev. A. Renwick, spoke of his friend — Dr. Fielder — very feelingly, and mentioned instances of his love for children and their ready response to that love. A large number of friends followed to the graveside at Point Frederick (this is clearly a typo on behalf of the newspaper as he is buried in Point Clare Cemetery. Point Frederick was the cemetery in use before Point Clare Cemetery), where Dr. Fielder was interred beside his wife, who so recently pre-deceased him. The pall-bearers were Messrs Charlie Hills, W. M. Beckett, R. Ingram, and E. Rowlands.

The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr. R. H. Creighton.

Many beautiful wreaths covered the cedar casket, including: —

Narara Red Cross Members, the Committee

Gosford School of Arts,

Women’s Guild (Church of England),

Women’s Guild (Presbyterian Church),

Dr. Gerald Archbold, Mr and Mrs J. O’Brien, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Battley, Miss Donaldson, Mr and Mrs Deasey, Mr and Mrs A. A. Gollan and family, Mr and Mrs Jim Frost, Mr and Mrs Swinson, Mrs A. Harris, Mr and Airs McGlashan and family, Mr and Mrs R. H. Clifford, Mr and Mrs W. J. Coulter, Mr and Mrs W. Eley, Mr Arthur and Misses Coulter, Mr and Mrs W. Beattie and family, Mr and Mrs J. F. Davison and family, Mrs Gell and family, Mr and Mrs A. I. Chapman, Mr and Mrs J. Verden and family, Mr and Mrs C. J. Fenton and family, Mr and Mrs F. Wheeler and family, Mr and Mrs W.

Horsnell. Mrs Hastings, Mr and Mrs W. E. Gell,’ Mr and Mrs F. R. Archbold and family, Mr and Mrs Bradbury, Dr and Mrs Rowland, Mr and Mrs Margin and family, the Rector and Mrs Renwick, the Children at the Rectory, Mr onil Mrs IT. Patep.in.ii, Mr and Mrs Harold Delandve, Mr and Mrs S. Uren

(Springwood), Mr and Mrs H. G. White and family, Mrs Stephen and Mavis, Mr and Mrs Lindgram and family, Mr and Mrs Guy Parr, Mr and Mrs W. H. Parry and family, Mr and Mrs C. Hills. Mr and Mrs Tummut and daughter, his loving Son and Daughter, brother Tom, and the grandchildren Adrian, Alister, and June.

2nd April, 1925

IN MEMORY OF DR. AND MRS. FIELDER.

The ceremony of unveiling Memorial Windows, placed in Christ Church, Gosford, to the memory of the late. Dr. and Mrs. Fielder, will be performed on Tuesday afternoon next, at 2.30 pm.
The Ven. H. A. Wood, Archdeacon of Newcastle, will officiate.

3rd April 1951

First Motor Car Comes To Gosford

It is recorded that the first motor car owned by a Gosford resident was that of a Miss Fletcher, who brought it here in 1905.

The late George Fletcher (‘Penang’), an ‘old-timer’ himself. Who recorded more early history of the district than anyone before or since his time, in an article in ‘The Gosfond Times’ of July 24, 1935, tells us that the lady was not related to him.

Even in 1915,’ he wrote, ‘there were only about four cars, these being owned by Dr Fielder, Ross Smith (running to Avoca i, A. H. Warner (Wyong) and a private hire car.

‘P. E. Thompson was actually the first local owner, he sold his first car (a Crossley) to Dr Fielder. 

Fred Cox was the next owner, then O. F. Ash, Dr Paul, Mr G. Pagan followed suit, until now they are uncountable.

It was a sight to watch the playing up of the horses when the cars first came, and there was general dread by passengers of horse-drawn vehicles when a car was met on the Punt Road or similar highways. One had to hop out and hold the horse’s head as the infernal machine went by.’

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