Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Patrick Ignatius NOLAN


Patrick Nolan

Born: 30 March, 1894

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 8564

Birthplace: Ballan

Parents: Father: Patrick Nolan

Died: 29 November, 1967

Place of death: Registration No. 28265

Burial place: Altona Memorial Park, Altona, Victoria

Awards and Honours

  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


8th Light Horse, 12th Reinforcement



Regimental Service Number: Enlistment 1: 1500 Enlistment 2: 67251 Enlistment 3: 105

Enlistment date: 12 August, 1915 Enlistment 1: Melbourne Enlistment 2: Melbourne Enlistment 3:

Age at enlistment: Enlistment 1: 21 years 5 months Enlistment 2: 23 years 3 months Enlistment 3: 23 years 9 months

Address at enlistment: Enlistment 1: Melton Enlistment 2: 149 Dryburghst Nth Melbourne Enlistment 3:

Religion: Roman Catholic

Marital Status: Married

Next of kin: Enlistment 1: Father Patrick Nolan Melton
Enlistments 2 & 3: Father Patrick Nolan 149 Dryburgh St nth Melbourne

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Weight: 125 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Grey
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks: Vac x2; Scar inside left upper leg, mole left side

Embarkation ship: Enlistment 1: HMAT SS Hawkes Bay Enlistment 2: N/A Enlistment 3: Mahai.

Rank: Enlistment 1: Private Enlistment 2: Driver Enlistment 3: Corporal

Return Date: 29 September, 1916

Return Vessel: See War Service for summary of 3 enlistments.

Arrival at Australia: 28 October, 1916.At: Melbourne

Discharge Date: 8 December, 1916

Further Enlistement Information: Enlistment 2: 8th Light Horse, 492 days, A.I.F. Discharged medically unfit
Enlistment 3: As above. Remount Unit A.A.S.C. 6 months & H.S. 135 days. Discharge at own request

War Service Summary

Enlistment 1:
Service No. 1500
12/08/1915 - 2/10/1915 - 12th Reinforcements, 8th Light Horse
26/12/1916 - Reported to duty Heliopolis; marched out to Serapeum
23/04/1916 - Sick to hospital; Railhead - Influenza
27/04/1916 - Returned to unit
02/06/1916 - Admitted gastritis; Ferry Post
06/06/1916 - Returned to duty; Railhead
08/08/1916 - To hospital, Hassamya - Shell shock & deafness
09/08/1916 - Transferred to Kantara shell shock Diakaberg
10/08/1916 - Transferred to train shell shock Canal Zone - Abbassia
22/09/1916 - Discharged from 3rd General Hospital, A.I.F. Abbania
23/09/1916 - For Return To Australia from Suez per HT Kanowna for 6 months change.
28/10/1916 - Returned per Kanowna from Egypt shell shock & deafness; Hassamya
25/11/1916 - Request for Discharge to facilitate pension
08/12/1916 - Discharged
09/12/1916 - Granted 45/- per fortnight war pension
16/08/1917 - Pension reduced from 45/- per fortnight to 1 per fortnight
13/09/1917 - Mother granted pension of 10/- per fortnight

Enlistment 2:
Service No. 67215
Enlisted for Home Service in Australia for such a period as service may be required.
06/02/1917 - Transport unit A.A.S.C. - Driver
26/06/1917 - House Service Remount Deport
21/05/1918 - Requests Discharge Reason: Own request 189 days service
21/06/1917 - Discharged

Enlistment 3:
Service No. 103
16/01/1918 - Embarked from Melbourne aboard Mahai
05/05/1919 - To hospital; duty Base Postal Unit

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
1921 Patrick married Margaret Thelma Neal Reg. # 1338
1921 - Married Margaret Neal, Born 1898, Melton, daughter of John Neal and Catherine Mary Luby
Brian John Nolan b. 1923

Place/s of residence:
20/04/1934 - High St., Melton (P. 42 Serv. Rec.)
1942 - 74 Ballarat Rd., Maidstone; Margaret Thelma at same address

1942- Brass worker

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.

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.


Australian War Memorial
Service Record
Nominal Roll