William Charles Fubbs

William Charles Fubbs was born in Orange in 1879 to William Andrew Fubbs and his wife Emma. William Junior’s grandfather – Joseph Fubbs – ran a confectionary shop on the corner of Anson and Byng Streets during the 1880s.

William moved to Sydney, marrying Ada Jamieson Scanlan in 1908. The couple was living in Surry Hills when William enlisted in November 1916, aged 37.

He embarked from Sydney in January 1917 and arrived in England in late March. Private Fubbs served in the 1st Pioneer Battalion, 10th Reinforcements, in England and France. He was hospitalised twice during his service; in October 1918 with acute colitis, and again the following month suffering from myocarditis.

William returned to Australia in March 1918 and was discharged from the AIF the following month. William and Emma travelled to the Central West during the shearing season, where William worked as a shearer and Emma, a shearers’ cook.

*  Dorothy Duke

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22 September 1914

WalkureSunk by unknown Frenchman. Image courtesy American Forestry Magazine via Wikipedia.

Walkure by unknown Frenchman. Image courtesy American Forestry Magazine via Wikipedia.

 

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21 September 1914

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19 September 1914

Reims Cathedral under German attack. Image courtesy Wikimedia.

Reims Cathedral under German attack. Image courtesy Wikimedia.

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18 September 1914

 

General Hindenberg 1914. Image courtesy Wikimedia.

General Hindenburg 1914. Image courtesy Wikimedia.

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Norman Douglas Sherwin

Norman Douglas Sherwin. Image courtesy Molong Express and Western District Advertiser.

Norman Douglas Sherwin. Image courtesy Molong Express and Western District Advertiser.

Norman Douglas Sherwin was born in Cargo in 1894, one of seven children born to Arthur Sherwin and his wife Catherine. Norman’s father, Arthur, became the Boree Shire Council Clerk in 1906, a position he held for many years.

Norman was educated at St Joseph’s Convent School in Cargo. As a student Norman and his siblings entered their school and handiwork in regional shows throughout NSW and Victoria. Norman regularly won first prize (and sometimes second prize as well) for his neat handwriting and tidy exercise book. Between 1905 and 1912 he won awards in many towns, including Cudal, Cumnock, Manildra, Canowindra, Parkes, Peak Hill and Dubbo. At the Orange Jubilee Show in April 1912 he won 1st prize for his exceptional handwriting.

Norman was one of the earliest recruits for WWI, enlisting in Sydney in September 1914. He embarked in December that year, a Trooper with the 6th Light Horse Regiment. In June 1915 at Gallipoli Norman sustained a gunshot wound to the left hand, which turned septic, necessitating his hospitalisation in Greece. He returned to his unit the following month, but would be hospitalised on two other occasions; in August 1915, with sunstroke, and in February 1916 with mumps.

During his time at the front Norman wrote many letters home to his friends and family. Most of these were published by the Molong Express and Western District Advertiser.

On 28 March 1918 Trooper Sherwin participated in the attack on Amman in Palestine, during which he was wounded. He was later reported to be reported missing in action, having been taken as a prisoner of war by the Turks. He was subsequently shot and died and was buried in an unmarked grave. He was 23. In the words of fellow prisoner of war Trooper A. Crockett:

He was wounded in the leg by a machine gun bullet about 2.30pm on the 28 March 1918 at Amman. He was taken prisoner with me and was shot through the stomach by the Turks soon afterwards by a rifle bullet. We were taken to Amman Station and put on the train and he died at 4am next morning. The Turks buried him about ¼ mile from the Station near the Railway Line. No identification was put on his grave.

Norman is remembered on his mother’s headstone in Cargo General Cemetery.

Norman’s two brothers – Frank Herbert Sherwin and Arthur Townsend Sherwin – also served in WWI.

 

Molong Express and Western District Advertiser, 23 October 1915, p. 5
“Not so Very Awful”
Norman describes the Gallipoli landing and gives an account of a typical day in the trenches.

Molong Express and Western District Advertiser, 2 October 1915, p. 5
Soldiers’ Stories – Sick of doing nothing
Norman describes his frustration with the boredom of camp life.

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