This is the funeral notice of my Great Grandfather William James Harrison which took me years to find. I remember (probably 15 years ago now) starting to look for more information about his life and I started with his funeral. (as genealogist always suggest to do). This was my first bit of research outside of finding his army records. I tried the newspapers in Brisbane but no luck and I put the idea of finding it on hold for a while. I concentrated on what I could learn from his army records. Then when I heard about Trove I tried again, with help of other researchers at a family history centre but still no luck. Feeling very disgruntled, I thought maybe there isn’t one. Perhaps their family couldn’t afford a notice. Then, after seeing that an old newspaper from Brisbane called “The Telegraph” that was recently added, I gave it another try. The results came up and there it was first on the search list. I had waited years to find this and even though it was a sad event for him to pass away at such a young age, I was delighted that his war service and battalion were acknowledged
William James Harrison Funeral Notice
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Much of my family history research has so far been around military ancestry and records. Here’s a few resources I’ve used that were useful when researching WW1 soldiers in Australia.
1. To find a WW1 soldiers records search the Australian Archives. Many of their World War One records have been digitalised and can be viewed online for free. http://naa.gov.au
2. You can’t go past the Australian War Memorial for further information on our involvement in war and conflicts. Copies of battalion diaries can also be found here. http://www.awm.gov.au
3. Recommended books include: Digging for Diggers A guide to researching an Australian soldier of the Great War, 1914-1918 by Graeme Hoskins. It’s a valuable source. – Battalion history books can give you an insight to the role of a particular battalion.
4. Discovering Anzacs is free to join and anyone can add information about a soldier to build a story. https://www.discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/
5. Trove newspapers: http://trove.nla.gov.au I found it useful for articles about ships returning to Australia, soldiers photographs and other miscellaneous information. I hope someone finds one of these resources useful for their research. If anyone has further questions about these websites feel free to ask in the comments section.
Todays military post is the enlistment record of William James Harrison. This enlistment document shows personal details of William James Harrison. He joined the Australian army on the 19th February 1915 and is 27 years of age. It also shows his wife’s name Caroline Harrison and they lived in James St Paddington. He worked as a labourer and we get his signature at the end of the document.