Q ANZAC Police

Thomas Vincent Brennan (06 October 1889 – 07 September 1920)

Thomas Vincent (Tom) Brennan was born in Kilkenny City, County Kilkenny, Ireland on 6 October 1889. (NAA Item 6512081) His mother Mary (née Byrne) Brennan was a newsagent, stationer and a boarding housekeeper in High St, opposite St James Street. John Brennan, Tom’s father, was a butcher. 1901 Census Ireland shows Mary (38), as widowed [...]

George Dewhurst (05 September 1893 – 05 November 1916)

George Dewhurst (PM0589) was born on 5 September 1893 in Marton, near Blackpool, Lancashire, England, to parents Thomas Dewhurst and Annie (neé Ibbison). Dewhurst lived in a cottage with his parents at the family farm. His uncle Daniel also worked and lived on the farm with his immediate and their extended families. Ten years later, [...]

James Patrick Nolan (1 November 1888 (3) – 7 March 1973)

James Patrick Nolan was born in Coolnamara, County Carlow, Ireland, to Bridget Dalton and Robert Nolan. The 1901 Census Ireland records show that James lived on a farm with his mother Bridget (37), three younger brothers, Patrick (14), Robert (12) and Michael (10) and their aunt Johanna (65). There is some discrepancy in James’ date [...]

Walter William Dumbrell (July 1883 – 19 April 1918)

Walter William Dumbrell was born in July 1883, to David and Jane (neé Blake, from Port Macquarie) Dumbrell in Galston, NSW. The family had six children, George Alfred Stephen, Ethel Jane, Albert D, Myrtle Jessie Cornelia, Alma Irene Blake and Walter William. The Dumbrells belonged to the Church of England. The Second Boer War (1899-1902) [...]

Patrick James Moynihan (19 August 1888 – 25 April 1915)

Patrick James joined the Queensland Police Force on 20 February 1913. The application described Patrick James as 5 feet 9 ¾ inches tall, measuring 40 inches across the chest, of ruddy complexion with fair hair and blue eyes. He was single upon entry. His policing career was brief and he received only one transfer, he was stationed at Fortitude Valley in Brisbane when Australia joined the War.

William Harold Kenny (20 August 1887 – 15 May 1949)

William (Bill) Harold Kenny was born on 20 August 1887 in Guyra, New South Wales to parents Mary Kenny (neé Moore from Wollombi) and Michael Kenny, a farmer from Kilkenny, Ireland.William’s parents got married in Inverell on 30 May 1872. They were both in their 40's when William was born.Bill had two sisters, Rachel and [...]

Arthur Albert Bock (10 September 1883 – 11 May 1966)

Arthur Albert Bock was born on 10 September 1883 in Bendley, South Australia to Australian-born Gottlieb Reinhold Bock and Johanne Caroline Shilling. His mother’s family, Johann Gottfried and Anna Rosina Lange, immigrated from Brandenburg, Prussia. (Netherlands, Genealogie Online Trees Index, 1000-2015) Arthur came from a large Protestant family. He had an older brother, Ernest Theodore, [...]

Thomas McGillicuddy (June 1891 – 08 July 1918)

Thomas McGillycuddy, the youngest of five children, was born in 1891 in small townland of Carhoobeg, County Kerry to Irish and English-speaking parents, Margaret and Timothy. (Ireland, Civil Registration Births Index, 1864-1958, Vol 5, p. 257) The McGillycuddies were a Roman Catholic family and lived on a farmstead, which in addition to the three-room main [...]

Patrick (Joseph) Devine (17 March 1886 – 03 November 1917)

Patrick Devine was born into a large Roman Catholic family on 17 March 1886 in Skeaghvasteen, Kilkenny, Ireland. According to the Census of Ireland 1901, he lived with his parents, Patrick (55) and Elizabeth, or Eliza, (50), his grandmother Mary, who was 82 at the time, seven siblings (out of nine) and a young niece, Eliza [...]

James Kissane (01 April 1889 – 27 October 1953)

James Kissane was born on 1 April 1889 in Kilcock Upper, Lissleton, Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland to parents John Michael and Catherine Cronin (Katie). He came from a large farming Catholic family. James lived with a younger sister, Lizzie, two older sisters, Mary and Norah, and three brothers, Patrick, John and Richard. The farm was [...]