Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Michael Augustine NOLAN


Born: 1897

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 25311

Birthplace: Ballan

Parents: Father: Patrick Nolan
Mother: Mary Ryan

Died: 1951

Place of death: South Melbourne; Registration No. 7506

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


37th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement



Regimental Service Number: 2123

Enlistment date: 20 May, 1916 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 19 years 8 months

Address at enlistment: 149 Dryburgh Street, North Melbourne / Melton Post Office

Religion: Roman Catholic

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Father Patrick Nolan

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Weight: 126 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue Grey
Hair: Black D/brown
Distinctive marks: Vaccination x 4; operation scar right abdomen, 1 scar back of left hand; 2 moles back of neck, one over left eye, one left side

Embarkation ship: HMAT A9 Shropshire.

Rank: Private

Return Date: 23 May, 1917

Return Vessel: H.T. Aryeshire.

Arrival at Australia: 17 July, 1917.At: Melbourne

Discharge Date: 6 September, 1917

War Service Summary

25/09/1916 - Embarked Melbourne aboard Shropshire
*Note: Embarked with his older brother, Thomas
11/11/1916 - Disembarked Plymouth
16/11/1916 - Marched in to 3rd Division Amalgamated Training Bn. Hurdcott
30/11/1916 02/12/1916 - A.W.L. 38 hours from Durrington Camp; Total forfeiture 9 days pay
18/01/1917 - Sick to Fargo Military Hospital, Salisbury bronchial catarrh
10/02/1917 - Discharged from hospital to Depot
14/02/1917 - Sick to Fargo Military Hospital, Salisbury Rheumatism
10/03/1917 - Discharged to Depot
23/04/1917 - Marched in from Larkhill to No. 2 Com Depot, Weymouth
23/05/1917 - Invalided to Australia per A 33 for discharge Tachycardia
07/08/1917 - A.W.L. 1 day - forfeits 2 days pay
10/08/1917 - A.W.L. 1 day - forfeits 2 days pay
07/09/1917 - Granted a War Service Pension of 15/- per fortnight and 7/6/ per fortnight for mother
03/01/1918 - Applied for increase in War Service Pension:
Self: from 16/- to 60/- per fortnight
Mother: from 7/6 to 30/- per fortnight

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
1926 - Married Nora Connelly at Randwick, N.S.W., Reg # 10532. They divorced in 1947.

Place/s of residence:
27/05/1930 - 24 Palmer St., South Melbourne

From Electoral Rolls:
for Michael Augustine
1919 - 149 Dryburgh St. North Melbourne, - with Mary Nolan
1919 - 15 Napier St., Essendon with Mary, Joseph and Patrick
1931 - 424 Cardigan St., Carlton
1943, 1949 - 198 Napier St., South Melbourne with Ivy May Nolan

for Michael Nolan:
(Is this Michael Augustine Nolan? Note the 1931 discrepancy.)
1924 - High Street, Melton - with Mary, Joseph, Thomas and Patrick
1931 - High Street, Melton
1936 - Toolern Vale,


Date of death: 1951, South Melbourne
Reg # 7506

Other relevant information:
In Sydney around 1928. Loses R.S. Badge when on the S.S. Suevic.

Additional Information

Melton Express
Bacchus Marsh Express
Saturday 8 April 1916, P 2

The recruiting meeting held, in the Mechanics' Institute here on Friday evening was well attended by both sexes. The proceedings opened with God save the King. Cr. Robinson (Shire President) presided. On the platform with him were Hon. Frank Clarke, M.L.C., Private A. T. Ozanne, and Sergeant McKenzie (a returned soldier), each of whom addressed the meeting, exhorting those present in every possible manner to enlist, and take up the duties for the protection of their people and country. When a call was made for recruits, the following five young men responded - H. Sawyer, E. Minns, H. Black, and two of Mr. P. Nolan's sons, the latter making four from Mr. Nolan's family, as two others are already at the Front. A vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. and Mrs. Nolan, and acknowledged. The addresses were listened to in the orderly manner due to such occasions. and each speaker was well received, and applauded, for his effort. Mr. Frank Clarke explained why he resigned from the Central Recruiting Committee, and the explanation, was well received. The proceedings were enlivened by patriotic songs from Mrs. Allen, Miss Scotson and Mr. Percy Butler, who enlisted some short time back.

The Bacchus Marsh Express
Saturday 18 August 1917, P 2
Melton Express
Saturday 18 August 1917, P 2

The meeting to form a committee to entertain local soldiers returning from Active Service, was held on Monday evening, and there was an unusually large attendance of both ladies and gentlemen Cr. J. F. Minns in the chair. The following committee was appointed :-Rev. F. Stanley Love (President), Mr. Jas. H. Cunningham (Hon. Sec.), Messrs. Wraith, Robinson, J. F. Minns;, Whittington and G. McDonald. It was decided to hold a social on Friday 31st inst., to entertain the, present returned soldiers Privates J. Minns, R. McPherson, G. Ware, Keating, P. Nolan, M. A. Nolan, Lachmund and Jurd.

Melton Express
Saturday 6 July 1918, P 2
. To show the inequality of sacrifice in connection with the war, it is interesting to note that the whole family of Nolan brothers and Neal brothers enlisted. Three Nolans and Frank Neal have returned. Privates Joe Nolan and Keith and Jack Neal are still in the firing line.

NSW Police Gazettes:
Michael marries in Sydney in 1926 and is almost immediately is in conflict with his wife.
21/12/1927, p 734
Petersham A warrant has been issued by the Newtown Bench for the arrest of MICHAEL AUGUSTINE NOLAN, charged with forging a withdrawal order for 80 on the Government Savings Bank of New South Wales, at Petersham, on the 7th instant. Offender is 30 years of age, 5 feet 5 inches high, medium build, sallow complexion, dark brown hair, clean shaved, bulging eyes, scar across eyes, scar across nose near point, no teeth in front of the upper jaw, scars on abdomen and right foot; dressed in a dirty grey suit, and a grey felt hat; a returned soldier. Complainant, Nora Nolan, 2 Wardell-road, Petersham.

MICHAEL AUGUSTINE NOLAN (30), charged by warrant with forging a withdrawal order for the sum of 80 pounds on the Government Savings Bank of New South Wales, has been arrested by Sergeant 3rd Class Hogan and Constable Williams, Sydney Police. Discharged.

The Argus
Monday 21 May 1928, P 18

Escort Awaited.

Michael Augustine Nolan, aged 30 years, was charged at the City Court on Saturday with having between February 8 and 25, at Tamworth (N.S.W.), while in the employ of Mrs. Matilda Sharpe, executrix of the estate of the late John Sharpe, stolen 50. Detective W. J. Sloan said This morning, in company with Constables Wilson and McDiarmid, I arrested the accused on a provisional warrant on this charge. He admitted his identity. I ask for a remand till May 28 pending the arrival of the original warrant and of the escort. The remand was granted. Bail was fixed at 100, with one surety of 100.


The Argus
Tuesday 20 February 1945, P 13

DIVORCE COURTS: . Before Mr Justice Gavan Duffy. In Second County Court: At 10,30: . Nolan v Nolan;

The Argus
Wednesday 4 June 1947 p 7
Divorce decrees granted
Norah Nolan. 47. v Michael Augustine Nolan. 49. Marriage. 1926. Issue, adultery.


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