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28th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Angus John Collingwood . (d.7th Jun 1915)
  • Gaby VC.. Alfred Edward. Lt. (d.11th August 1918)
  • Morrison William Harey. Pte.

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Pte. William Harey Morrison 2nd Pioneer Battalion

My great uncle, William Harvey Morrison came to Australia in 1911 from Balfron, near Glasgow. He loved the country and when war was declared, enlisted at Brisbane, Queensland on 11th Aug 1915 at the age of 30. Originally in 8th reinforcements, 25th Battalion, he was transferred to 2nd Pioneer Battn and via Egypt in 1916 he saw action in France until the end of the war. For a time, he was batman to Captain Archibald Niven Sinclair in C Company, who was killed in 1917 and is buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery. Uncle Willie returned to Balfron and married Elizabeth Fraser in 1919 and again travelled to Australia with his pregnant bride in 1920.

Kaye Griffith


Lt. Alfred Edward Gaby VC. 28th Btn. (d.11th August 1918)

Alfred Gaby was killed in action 11th of August 1918, aged 26 and buried in the Heath Cemetery in France. He was the son of Alfred Athelstane Gaby and Adelaide Gaby and was born at Scottsdale, Tasmania

An extract from "The London Gazette, dated 29th Oct., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and dash in attack, when, on reaching the wire in front of an enemy trench, strong opposition was encountered. The advance was at once checked, the enemy being in force about forty yards beyond the wire, and commanding the gap with machine guns and rifles. Lt. Gaby found another gap in the wire, and, single-handed, approached the strong point while machine guns and rifles were still being fired from it. Running along the parapet, still alone, and at point-blank range, he emptied his revolver into the garrison, drove the crews from their guns, and compelled the surrender of fifty of the enemy with four machine guns. He then quickly re-organised his men and led them on to his final objective, which he captured and consolidated. Three days later, during an attack, this officer again led his company with great dash to the objective. The enemy brought heavy rifle and machine-gun fire to bear upon the line, but in the face of this heavy fire Lt. Gaby walked along his line of posts, encouraging his men to quickly consolidate. While engaged on this duty he was killed by an enemy sniper."

s flynn


John Collingwood Angus 28th Infantry Battalion (d.7th Jun 1915)

John Collingwood Angus was born in England at North Shields, Northumberland and was educated at a Wesleyan boarding school. He worked as a cabin boy on a steamer before migrating to Australia at the age of 18. He worked as a farm labourer near the townships of Pingelly and Narrogin in Western Australia before enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 10th March 1915.

Angus was assigned to the 28th Infantry Battalion and departed Freemantle aboard HMAT Ascanius on 29th June 1915. He was admitted to a Gallipoli field hospital on 24th November 1915 before being transferred to Malta. He re-joined his unit on the Western Front. He was seriously wounded on 4th June 1916 and died two days later. John Angus is buried at Camiara Road Cemetery near √Čtaples, France.

s flynn

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