Research Tips from Paul


I think that I have found the solution to only having an initial and surname of our diggers on the Arc of Triumph.

Search by SURNAME and STATE on the aif project by ADFA From this website:

For example for E HALL Search SURNAME: Hall ADDRESS: Victoria

Up comes a list with one being Edwin HALL of White Hills

This was going to be one of the most difficult searches as there are pages of E HALL on the AWM website. It would take an eternity to check them all to find the right one. Minutes on this website search. From there you can start on the AWM and other websites.

Discharged 7 January 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 September 1915.

Reported for duty, 7th Field Ambulance, Tel el Kebir, 12 January 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 14 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 19 March 1916.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, while on leave, 10 February 1917 (venereal disease); transferred to Military Hospital, Parkhouse, 1 March 1917; marched in to Army Medical Corps Training Depot, Parkhouse, 24 May 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 104 days.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 June 1917; rejoined 7th Field Ambulance, 22 June 1917.

Attached for temporary duty to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 4 October 1917; rejoined 7the Field Ambulance from detachment, 11 October 1917.

Wounded in action, 24 October 1917 (multiple gun shot wounds, right thigh: severe), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 5th General Hospital, Rouen, 26 October 1917; to England, 30 October 1917, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, King’s Heath, Birmingham; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 3 December 1917; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 10 December 1917.

Marched in to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 15 May 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT ‘Malta’, 31 July 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 28 September 1918, for onward overland travel to Adelaide; discharged (wounded), Melbourne, 7 January 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death

8 September 1955

Age at death


Place of burial

White Hills Cemetery, Victoria


NAA: B2455, HALL Edwin

I would suggest that possibly we could have a list done up with a search of all the names with their full name, Regimental number and Unit so that we have that information to be able to direct students quickly to find their soldier. I am happy to do ten or so if we can have volunteers to do some as well.

Also I tried a Google search for: SURNAME WHITE HILLS

A lot of info on the Trove Newspaper website. Limits=

There are multiple entries for white hills so you just need to keep looking until you find a listing that maybe of interest. These are just a few.

Some have info on how they died.

Regards, Paul

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