Albert Gilroy SYMONS

B: 3rd Jul 1887 D: 12th Oct 1917

Born: 3 July 1887/8,  Wilpoorinna Station, District of Frome (c14km north of Farina)  SA (Genealogy SA database: Book/Page: 398/324 – nb birth surname spelt ‘Symones’)

Died : 12 October 1917, Belgium (killed in action; body never located)      

 

 

 

Father: George Thomas SYMONS “Thomas” born 1851, Melbourne Vic?;  died 10 May 1925, Beltana; buried Beltana SA

Mother:  Mary Ann JULIAN  born 22 December 1860, near Melrose SA;  died  8 February 1933, Beltana;  buried Beltana SA

Parents’ Marriage: 26 August 1879, Edith Cottage, South Blinman  SA (nb surname spelt ‘Symones’) (Genealogy SA database: Book/Page: 341/466)

Siblings:

Rose Hannah   born 3 December 1880;  married William PLACE 26 April 1904;  died 5 September 1959

Edward Thomas  “Ted”   born 11 August 1882;  died c1969

James Kadmiel  born August 10th 1883;  died aged 10 days (nb surname spelt ‘Symones’ on birth & death registrations)

Albert Henry   born 10 September 1884;  died aged 16 days

Mary Edith Rebecca  “May”  born 1 December 1885;  married Arthur BROKENSHIRE;   died 1 October 1962

Arthur Clifton   born 10 July 1888;  died 10 February 1889  (nb surname spelt ‘Symones’ on birth & death registrations)

George Harrold   born 19 April 1890;   married Elsie PARSONS;  died 27 September 1969

Elva Myrtle “Myrtle”  born 21 June 1892  (nb birth surname spelt ‘Symones’) married Frank FERBER;  died 21 August 1973

Francis Bertram “Bert”  born 18 November 1893;  married Victoria PARSONS 25 October 1923;  died 4 October 1970

John Malcolm “Malcolm”  born 5 December 1896;  died 8 August 1918 (WW1 France)

Freda Elizabeth  born 12 November 1898;  married Leslie CARLING 10 May 1925;  died 31 May 1985

Bessie Eunice “Eunice”  born 22 August 1901;  married Rev. William ALLANSON 22 August 1931;   died 2 Jan 1993

Hilda Jane  born 5 August 1903;  died 13 June 1993

 

WIFE

Hilda May WILLIAMS  born 5 May 1894  Portland (Estate?), District of Port Adelaide  SA (Genealogy SA database: Book/Page: 542/391);  died 6 May 1986,  Hobart Tasmania

Marriage of Albert Gilroy and Hilda May: 1915, Broken Hill NSW  (NSW Marriages Reg # 7860)

Son Jack Gilroy born 6 September 1915, Broken Hill NSW.

He married Helen Allison DOBBYN,  3 April 1940, Broken Hill NSW. Their children were: Robert, Jennifer and Keith. Jack was a Mining Engineer. They moved to Tasmania in 1954

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WORLD WAR 1 SERVICE

Enlisted 28 January 1916  Occupation: Miner, Broken Hill NSW;

Service No. 2252;  Rank: Private (‘Acting Sergeant’  twice)

48th Battalion AIF 4th Reinforcement

Departed Adelaide 12 August 1916 on HMAT A70 Ballarat

AWM Embarkation Roll No 23/65/3;  disembarked Plymouth 30 September 1916

Died: 12 October 1917, Battle of Passchendaele, Belgium; body never located; no known grave

Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen Belgium;

Panel 7 – 17 – 23 – 25 – 27 – 29 – 31

His name is located at panel 147 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial

Broken Hill War Memorial NSW 

Adelaide National War Memorial SA

Farina War Memorial SA

Medals: British War Medal; Victory Medal

No known land ownership at Farina.