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GLEDHILL Richard (Dick)

Service number 5385

On the 27thJanuary 1917 in England, Richard married Adelaine Eva Taylor. On the 31stAugust 1918 it was reported Richard had been gassed and admitted to hospital. Returned to Australia on the 20thMay 1920. Discharged on the 24thNovember 1920.

The Argus (18th August 1942)

“10,000th WAAAF Enlists.

When Miss Peggy Gledhill enrolled yesterday in the WAAAF at No 1 recruiting centre Russell Street, she was the 10,000th WAAAF to enrol in Australia. Mr Drakeford, Air Minister, welcomed Miss Gledhill into the service and wished her every success. Air-Commodore R J Brownell MC, AOC, No 1 training centre, and Wing-Cdr C B Ransom, CO, No 1 training centre were also present. Miss Gledhill, the daughter of Lt R Gledhill and Mrs Gledhill of Cohuna, has been a dental nurse for about 6 years, and has enrolled as a dental orderly. Her brother, Norman, is a wireless air gunner in the RAAF.”

Richard re-enlisted for Military Service on the 13thSeptember 1937 and served until 1945. He was then employed by the railways and in 1949 he was the Assistant Station Master at Cohuna.

Died in 1949 at Cohuna, Victoria. Buried in 1949 at Cohuna Cemetery, Victoria.

The reason for Ada Armytage to include Richard in the Beaconsfield list is unknown.

Name GLEDHILL, Richard (Dick)
Service Number 5385
Rank Private
Roll 8 Infantry Battalion 13-23 Reinforcements (December 1915-November 1916)
Conflict First World War 1914-1918
Embarked 4thApril 1916
City Melbourne
Ship HMAT Euripides A14
Age 18 years
Birth Place 16thFebruary 1899, South Melbourne, Victoria
Father Richard Young Gledhill, 5 Highbury Grove, Armadale, Victoria
Mother Ethel Beatrice (Errington) Gledhill
Religion Presbyterian
Occupation Ironmonger
Residence 5 Highbury Grove, Armadale, Victoria
Enlisted 16thFebruary 1916
Height 5 feet, 6 inches
Complexion Medium; Eyes- Blue; Hair- Light Brown