The soldiers who were sent to Weymouth

Unfortunately there is no central surviving database of all the 120 thousand or so sick and injured Anzacs who were sent to Weymouth. Their records are scattered among the Army service records at the National Archives of Australia. The only ones we are certain of are the 87 burials in our town cemetery, and it is mainly their stories that we are starting to reconstruct on these pages.

 

So we are reliant on you our readers to tell us about the ones in your family trees : the soldiers who recovered here and went back to the battlefront, perhaps to die; and those 'lucky' ones who survived to go home, some with horrific injuries or memories.

 

Where were they born?

 

Of the 87 who died in Weymouth, 7 were born in England, 3 in Scotland, 2 in Ireland, 1 in India and 1 in Finland, the rest were born in Australia, most in NSW or Victoria. Several of those born in Australia had parents or grandparents born in Germany, which must have felt strange when facing the Germans in the trenches.

 

The first soldier to die at Weymouth was Pte. Edward P M Guthrie on 16 Nov 1915 aged 21.

diggers in camp

Some Diggers shown in the camp.

Click to read biographies of soldiers Aherne to Crane.