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WW1 VR Roll of Honour

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    - WW1 Rolls of Honour and Obituaries Lists




Rolls of Honour and Obituaries lists Published in Victorian Railways Commissioners Reports 1915 - 1920.
For each of the war years 1915 -1919 the Commissioner's Annual Report included the following
  • summary statement report on the railway employees at the war
  • An Honour Roll which was  list of railway employees who had enlisted in the past year
  • An Obituary list of railway employees killed while serving at the war
The 1920 Commissioner's Annual Report did not included a summary statement or Honour Roll enlistment list but it did include a final complete Honour Roll Obituary List of Railway employees killed while serving at the war.

  • 4509 Victorian Railway's employees enlisted in WW1 
  • 437 Victorian Railway's employees were killed in action.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

......... Lest We Forget








Victorian Railways WW1 Obituary - Honour Roll 


This is a work was complied by a  progress of cross checking the 1914 Victorian Railways employees Gazette against the 1920's Obituary list and AIF Project and other War Records to get all the details Railway Soldiers 

Victorian Railways WW1 Roll of Honour



References used to create this database of info on each soldier are 
  1. The Victorian Railways Obituary lists  ( see above images) 
  2. The 1914 Victorian Gazette of Railway Employees  http://www5.austlii.edu.au/au/other/vic_gazette/1914/115.pdf
Soldier Service records summary - 
  1. The AIF Project https://aif.adfa.edu.au/aif/
  2. The Virtual RSL War Memorial https://rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au
Soldier Photos From - 
  1. The AWM - The Australian War Memorial  https://www.awm.gov.au
  2. Sons of Williamstown - The Great War Honour Board http://www.sonsofwilliamstown.com.au/portfolio-masonry-3/

Summary of Info:
4509 Victorian Railway's employees enlisted in WW1

437 Victorian Railway's employees died while in Service

Those Killed - Place & Total no. that died there  


Belgium                           76   -  No known grave 27

France                           262   -  No known grave 103

Gallipoli, Turkey               73   -  No known grave 37

At Sea                              4 No Known grave

Egypt                               7

Greece & Lemos               2

Bagdad, Mesopotamia       1

Damascus, Syria              1

Palestine                          1

England                          11

Wales                               1

Rabaul New Guinea           1

Australia                           8

Details Unknown               2


         Those Killed - By Branch 

         Transportation Branch          159 
         Way and Works Branch         82
         Rolling Stock Branch           164
         Audit of Receipts Branch       12
         Telegraph Branch                    9
         Accountancy Branch               8
         Electrical Engineering Branch  7
         Printing and Stationary Branch 4 
         Stores Branch                        3
         Branch Unknown                    2

 Those Killed - By Position -  job       

Apprentice / Gardener
1
Apprentice Blacksmith
1
Apprentice boiler maker
2
Apprentice car & waggon builder
4
Apprentice electrical fitter / Draughtsman
1
Apprentice fitter and turner / Engineer
8
Apprentice instrument maker
2
Apprentice moulder
1
Artisan's Assistant
2
Assistant Undergear Repairer / Labourer
1
Blacksmith
1
Block Recorder
1
Block Recorder / Signaller
1
Boilermaker
4
Boilermaker's Help / Driller
2
Caller-up / Labourer
1
Car and waggon builder
4
Car Cleaner / Railway cleaner
1
Car painter / painter
2
Carpenter
1
Casting dresser
1
Chainman / Assistant surveyor
2
Clerk
36
Clerk / Draughtsman
3
Compositor
1
Conductor
1
Driller / Machinist
4
Electrical Mechanic
2
Engine metaller
1
Engine-cleaner / Fireman
40
Fireman
20
Fitter
2
Fitter and turner / Engineer
6
Fitters' Assistant / Labourer
2
Ganger
1
Goods guard
3
Iron machinist / Engineer
2
Junior Clerk
34
Junior operator
2
Labourer
44
Labourer / Storeman
2
Lad Labourer
31
Lad porter
37
Lampman
1
Leading Shunter
1
Lux lamp attendant / Mechanic
1
Messenger / Clerk
5
Metal polisher
1
Number Taker
2
Operating Porter / Porter
14
Operator / Telegraphist
1
Parcels Porter / Clerk
2
Porter / Guard
15
Printer / Machine Feeder
1
Puller-out / Sawyer
1
Repairer
19
Repairer / Shunter
1
Repairer / Platelayer
2
Scullery Lad / Labourer
1
Signal porter
3
Signalman
1
Skilled Labourer
13
Station Master / Assistant station master
5
Storeman
1
Stricker / Blacksmith
8
Ticket sorter
2
Train examiner
6
Upholsterer
2
Waiter / Cook
2
Wood Machinist
2
Yard Porter / Shunter
19



Victorian Railways Commissioners Reports 

1915

Victorian Railways : report of the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the year ending 30th June, 1915
GP V 1915 no. 37 (4.9 MB)

  • Page 23           Summary statement report
  • Page 33 - 47    Roll of Honour - V.R Enlistment List - Month by Month from Aug 1914 - Oct 1915
  • Page 48            Obituary 


1916

Victorian Railways : report of the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the year ending 30th June, 1916
GP V 1916 no. 25 (3.3 MB)

  • Page 22           Summary statement report
  • Page 27 - 70    Roll of Honour - V.R Enlistment List - Alphabetical 
  • Page 71            Obituary 






1917

Victorian Railways : report of the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the year ending 30th June, 1917
GP V 1917 no. 26 (3.6 MB)

  • Page 32           Summary statement report
  • Page 35 - 46    Roll of Honour - V.R Enlistment List - Alphabetical 
  • Page 47            Obituary 




1918

Victorian Railways : report of the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the year ending 30th June, 1918
GP V 1918 no. 17 (3.8 MB)

  • Page 28           Summary statement report
  • Page 30 - 34    Roll of Honour - V.R Enlistment List - Alphabetical 
  • Page 35 - 36    Obituary 


1919

Victorian Railways : report of the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the year ending 30th June, 1919
GP V 1919 no. 14 (2.3 MB)
http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/papers/govpub/VPARL1919No14.pdf
  • Page 29           Summary statement report
  • Page 31 - 33    Roll of Honour - V.R Enlistment List - Alphabetical 
  • Page 34 - 35    Obituary 








1920

Victorian Railways : report of the Victorian Railways Commissioners for the year ending 30th June, 1920
GP V 1920 no. 8 (3.7 MB)

  • Page  30 - 31   Roll of Honour Obituary 

       



The Victorian Government Gazettes.                                              

The Gazette published a list of railway employees every three years between 1880 and 1929

Information given in the lists is:
    • Name
    • their employee number, 
    • date of birth, 
    • branch they worked in, 
    • position, 
    • date of entry (that is date on which they were permanently employed) and sometimes date of leaving
    • and rate of pay.
    • sometimes station allocated to

Where to find the Triennial List of Railway Employees in the Government Gazette  (1880 – 1929)

 Year Vol Page/s  Year Vol Page/s
18801062294 and 2295 and 2296 



188411459
190822333
188722055
191124457
189011237
191423267
18931  387
19181  887
18961  621
192111189
18991  433
192411167
190234099
192611233
190534719
192921931

The list was discontinued after 1929.





Sorted  versions


VR WW1 Roll of Honour - France 1916




VR WW1 Roll of Honour - France





My other Victorian and Military Railway research pages 


WW1 Victorian Railways Unit - Working the Trains in No Man's Land


In Remembrance of the Australian Light Railway Operating Company
- Victorian Railway Unit

you can read more details and see more photos on this page
 https://sites.google.com/site/archoevidence/home/ww1-victorian-railways-unit


Victorian Railways - WW1 Military Trains And Other Areas of Service

Victorian Railways - WW1 Military Trains And Other Areas of Service

Victorian Railways took part in WW1 in a number of ways
  • Recruitment Trains
  • Troop transportation to and from the Military  Training Camps and to Port Melbourne for boarding on to ships going overseas
  • Advertisement of War Loans  
  • Manufacturing of Motor repair workshops, Ambulances and Mobile Operating Theatres for the AIF
  • The Victorian Railways Unit 
  • Transportation of Returning to Home Troops
Link To see the photo image Gallery of some of this work that Victorian Railways did.

The Edith Cavell locomotive

Photographic postcard of London & North Western Railway Company locomotive 2275 named "Edith Cavell" and dressed in patriotic splendour with a sign that reads "Lest We Forget".

A friend of mine, Wayne Robinson, suggested to me that the Prince of Wales class 2275 ‘Edith Cavell’ might make an interesting aside for my research.




Women of the Victorian Railways

Off the Rails and around the Bend - The Train Derailment at Belgrave , Victoria in 1906

Victorian Railways Volunteer Regiment






Page Dedication 





Page  by Jennifer Baker
Copyright Jennifer Baker - Looking for the Evidence 12th Apr 2016
Page created 12th Apr 2016
updated 12th Apr 2016

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