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A Soldier’s Wife by Dryblower (Edwin Greenslade Murphy) of Western Australia
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If your limbs aren’t fit for a soldier’s life,
Or you’re bent with the yesteryears,
Will you pause to the plea of a soldier’s wife
Whose comfort is long in arrears?
Will you think of the men who are fighting Fritz
With their back to the channel blue—
The men who are daily blown to bits
The men who are seeing it through?
Will you help the woman who bade them go
To the world’s stupendous strife?
Will you who’ve never been called apart
From the cosy home and the moneyed mart,
Will you, in the goodness of your heart,
Assist a soldier’s wife?
It isn’t much she’s asking you;
You know where your duty lies;
They needn’t be stylish, swank or new,
But her body for covering cries.
He fights for you in the mud and mire;
She draws his paltry pay,
And huddles beside the feeble fire
When the winter days are grey.
Out in the streets the new recruits
Follow the drum and fife,
But the tap of the drum to her la a shot,
While the music mocks her lonely lot;
So, if your soul has a tender spot
Assist a soldier’s wife.
You motor down to the shopping town;
She tramps in the sludge and sleet;
Your furs are beautiful, warm and brown;
Frost’s fingers freeze the feet.
You spend an hour deciding which new costume you will wear;
She mends her raiments stitch by stitch
And darns the rent and tear.
She stares starvation in the face;
You lead a luxury life.
But though you may think you’ve done your share
When your name on subscription lists you air,
With anything that you have to spare
Assist a soldier’s wife.
The art of giving by God was taught,
The angels carried it on;
Give it to-day an earnest thought
In the city beside the Swan.
A costume, a cloak, some boots and a blouse—”
Anything women wear;
You’ll find them where the silvers browse
And the moth has made his lair.
Though the rattle and ring of the charity box
Just now is rather rife,
You whose darlings are safe at home
For the sake of a fighter far over the foam,
Assist a soldier’s wife.
Her dear one faces the shrieking shell
That we shall in safety live.
Daily he faces the horrors of hell,
The least he’s got to give.
He’s bit by bullet and stabbed by steel
Where the life-tides ebb and flow
That we shall read of the green earth’s weal,
While he only knows its woe.
The deadliest weapon your fingers grip
Is a tenpenny tale knife,
So you who cannot go yourself
Search well your cupboard, box and shelf
And assist a soldier’s wife.
In 1912 Joseph and Martha Ann Parrish emigrated from Wales to Australia and settled in the Newcastle district. Six years later they would lose two of their sons within seven days of each other, both victims of the hostilities on the Western Front.
On 16 October 1915 Joseph Parrish jnr joined the Coo-ee Recruitment March at Wellington. He completed his medical at Wellington, and was attested by Captain Nicholas at Orange on the 24 October 1915. At the time of his enlistment Joseph was living at Creek Reserve, Boolaroo, where he was employed at the colliery.
After completing the Coo-ee March Joseph proceeded to Liverpool Camp as a reinforcement for the 13th Battalion. On 8th March 1916 Private Parrish and his fellow Coo-ees departed Sydney on the HMAT A15 Star of England, arriving in Egypt on 11 April.
On the 16 April 1916 Joseph was transferred to the 4th Pioneer Battalion at Tel-el-Kebir. Six weeks later, on 4 June, he embarked HT Scotian at Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force in Marseilles, France.
Private Parrish was transferred to the 4th Machine Gun Company on 12 May 1918. On 10 June 1918 the company was engaged near Villers-Bretonneux when Joseph received a gunshot wound to the neck. He was admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance and later transferred to the 53rd General Hospital at Abbeville.
Joseph failed to recover from his wounds; he died on 27 June 1918, aged 21 years; the cause of death being listed as gunshot wound to neck and bronchopneumonia. He was buried in the Terlincthun British Cemetery at Wimille.
Joseph Parrish is commemorated on panel number 176 on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.Comments Off on Joseph Parrish
I very much envy you all having such a good time in the surf. I wish I could get mixed up in the breakers for a while; a good wash wouldn’t do me any harm just now. It is ages since any of us saw even the track of a bath house, and it is weeks since we have had our clothes off. We just remove our hats and boots at night when turning in, and at many a time we don’t even do that.
In the early hours of 2 June 1918 former Millthorpe grocer, George Henry Goode, was delivering canisters of hot tea to his comrades on the front line at Morlancourt near Villers-Bretonneux when an enemy shell exploded nearby, killing him instantly. George was the second member of his family to die in service; his brother Ernest Harold Goode had been killed in action in February 1917.
Born in Millthorpe in 1887, George was the seventh of ten children of farmer William Goode and his wife Elizabeth Grace nee Pascoe.
Following his education George worked as a grocer for Messrs W and E Hayes Trade Palace Stores in Millthorpe.
George enlisted in December 1915 and was assigned to 17th Battalion, 13th Reinforcements.
On 29 December 1915 the Millthorpe Methodist Church congregation farewelled a group of local soldiers – George included – on the eve of their departure for camp. Superintendent of the Sunday School, Mr Bacon, wished them well, stating:
You are worthy sons of worthy parents. We thought a lot of you before – we think a thousand times more of you now. I trust that your mission will be fully realised. I think the Kaiser is sin personified, and the world should be rid of him.
The following morning many townspeople saw the recruits off from the railway station as they set off for camp at Lithgow.
In late April the privates returned to Millthorpe for final leave before embarking for overseas service. The Methodist Church hosted an evening of entertainment for the soldiers and presented each of them with a pocket bible. Mr Bacon again addressed the congregation:
On this occasion my feelings are too great for words. These young men are going to fight for their King and country. I am glad that the spirit of their forefathers is strong in them. As instructor of the cadet corps which was here once, I just looked up the records a few days ago to see how many had enlisted, and I find that 24 out of the full strength of 30 have answered the call. Maybe before this terrible struggle is over we older ones will be wanted, and I for one will be there, for I would sooner die a free Britain than live a German slave.
Private Goode embarked HMAT A55 Kyarra in Sydney on 3 June 1916. He disembarked in Plymouth exactly eight weeks later, on 3 August 1916. The following month he was taken on strength with the 33rd Battalion, proceeding to France on 21 November.
In early March 1918 Private Goode was granted two weeks’ furlough in England. He rejoined his unit on the Western Front on 20 March, where he served for a further ten weeks before he was killed in action.
George Henry Goode was buried in the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery at Picardie, France. He is commemorated on the Honour Rolls at the Orange Methodist Church, Millthorpe Methodist Church and on panel number 122 on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Leader, 24 June 1918, p. 6
Another Millthorpe Hero
On 4 August 1916 Private Ernest Harold Goode was wounded in action at Pozieres in France. A private in the 18th Battalion 6th Reinforcements “Ern” received a gunshot wound to the head amid heavy enemy shelling.
Private Goode was evacuated to the nearby 2nd Australian Field Ambulance. The following day he was transferred to the 3rd Casualty Clearing Station, then admitted to the 11th General Hospital at Camiers. On 9 August he was conveyed to the hospital ship HS Dieppe at Calais and evacuated to hospital in England.
Private Goode recovered from his wounds; he rejoined his unit in France in November 1916.
Ernest was wounded a second time, but this time his injuries proved fatal. On 25 February 1917 he was stretcher bearing at Butte de Warlencourt when a shell exploded nearby killing him instantly. Eyewitnesses claimed that he died from concussion, and that he body was unblemished.
Company Sergeant Major Butler of the 18th Battalion later observed:
Private Goode was well known to many for his excellent conduct and good service as a stretcher bearer
Ernest’s obituary in the Leader of 18 May 1917 noted:
Pte. Goode was born locally, spent all his school days here, and enlisted here not very long after the beginning of the war. He bore an unblemished reputation, and an upright character, and was highly respected by all who knew him.
Ernest was born in Millthorpe in 1885, the sixth of ten children of farmer William Goode and his wife Elizabeth Grace nee Pascoe. He attended Millthorpe Public School and later took up farming.
In July 1915 Ernest enlisted at Liverpool. He embarked for overseas service on 2 November 1915 and proceeded to Egypt, where he served until joining the British Expeditionary Force in France in March 1916.
On Sunday 1 April 1917 the Reverend WT Dyer preached his final sermon at Millthorpe Methodist Church. During the sermon he paid tribute to Ernest and the congregation joined in singing the following hymn in his memory.
Thou who hast all Thy people in Thy sight,
To Thee we come.
Be Thou their guide, their comfort and their light
Afar from home.
Keep Thou their souls, in steadfastness and right
Remember, Lord, Australia’s sons to-night.
Gone from the humble cottage in the dell,
From home, sweet home.
Gone from the dear ones whom they love so well
To face the storm;
Gone from the mansion to defend the right-
Remember, Lord Australia’s sons to-night.
Sons are now dying, ’tis the cost of war,
Have Mercy, Lord;
Wilt Thou prepare them ere they cross the bar?
Have mercy, Lord:
Burst Thou Death’s glooms by Heaven’s celestial light
Remember, Lord, Australia’s sons to-night.
Be Thou their refuge in the darkest hour,
Be Thou their stay;
Stretch forth Thy hand, shew Thine almighty power
In Thine own way;
Thou did’st on Galilee reveal Thy might-
Oh! comfort, Lord, Australia’s sons to-night.
On Sunday 9 November 1919 Captain Chaplain Wilson conducted a memorial service at Frape’s Hall at Millthorpe for local fallen heroes, including Ernest.
Ernest Harold Goode is commemorated on the Millthorpe Methodist Church Honour Roll and on panel number 85 on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Ernest’s brother George Henry Goode also served in WWI; he was killed in action in France on 2 June 1918.
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