Patrick John Harwood was born in Hobart on 1 April 1894. He enlisted with the 10th Reinforcements 20th Battalion at Holdsworthy, New South Wales, and left Australia on 11 March 1916.
Alfred Gordon Harwood was born in South Hobart. On 24 August 1915 in Sydney, New South Wales, at the tender age of 18 years and six months, he enlisted for service. Private Harwood served in Egypt and France.
On 11 November 1915, Thomas "Ned" Harwood enlisted with the 15th Reinforcements, 12th Battalion. Ned claimed he was a waterside worker; aged 21 years and two months; married to Myrtle; and that the couple resided at Apsley Street, Cascades (South Hobart).
Private Goyne saw action with the 1st Machine Gun Battalion in the Allied Advanced to Victory battles on the Western Front during 1918. The Allied Advanced to Victory battles allowed more freedom of movement on the Western Front from Hamel to Montbrehain, in France. He was ‘taken on strength’ on 20 April 1918 and was posted to the 2nd Company, 1st Machine Gun Battalion. During May and June 1918, the 1st Division kept up a relentless campaign of local tactical advances referred to as “peaceful penetration”.
Corporal McCann made many trips with the wounded along a section of road exposed to heavy shell fire. With the greatest of daring, he drove his car along the edge of the Bois de L’Abbe to collect a number of wounded awaiting evacuations. In pitch darkness, under heavy shell fire and while subject to incessant sniping from enemy machine guns concealed in the wood, he discovered a track enabling the vehicle to advance forward thus saving the stretcher bearers carrying the wounded a long and dangerous distance.
Many members of the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy volunteered for the hazardous mission. Godfrey Lockard was one of the five stokers on one of the three block-ships, HMS Thetis, which “…was in the thick of the action”.
While serving on the Somme Private Churchill contended with a number of health issues. In July and August of 1917 he suffered diphtheria and tonsillitis. He rejoined the 12th Battalion in France on 18 August 1917. On 30 December 1917 he was diagnosed with scabies. Scabies, lice and other parasites were prevalent in the trenches during the war.