Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS



Born: 22 December, 1891

Birth registration: See Isle of Mann, Select Births and Baptisms, 1821-1911

Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man, England

Parents: Father: Robert Marchbank Tedcastle
Mother: Margaret Jane Hannah

Died: 3 April, 1963

Place of death: Queensland; Registration # 001489, Page # 2818

Burial place: Bundaberg, Queensland

Awards and Honours

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


5th Battalion F Company; Signal Company



Regimental Service Number: 531

Enlistment date: 17 August, 1914 Prahran

Age at enlistment: 22 years 7 months

Address at enlistment: Glen Elgin, Toolern Vale, via Melton Victoria

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Grandparent: Robert Tedcastle, Esq., J.P.
Marlay, Rathfarnham, Ireland .
Ship owner Coal Merechant

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 152 pounds
Complexion: Fair
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks: Scar left wrist

Embarkation ship: HMAT Orvieto A3.

Rank: Lance Corporal

Return Date: 24 September, 1917

Return Vessel: A71 Nestor.

War Service Summary

17/08/1914 - 5th Battalion
18/03/1915 - Transferred to Signal Company Divisional Engineers.
05/04/1915 - Proceed to join forces at Gallipoli
16/07/1915 - Discharged to Mustapha from 15 General Hospital
25/07/1915 - Admitted to 15th General Hospital
23/08/1915 - Admitted to No 4 General Hospital London, Dysentry
15/11/1915 - Embarked from England aboard Olymtric
03/12/1915 - Disembarked Lemnos
07/12/1915 - Returned to unit
15/12/1915 - Rejoined from Anzac.
07/01/1916 - Disembarked Alexandria
03/02/1916 - Remustered as Driver; Serapeum
23/03/1916 - Disembarked Marseilles from Alexandria
27/04/1916 - Transferred to 66th Battalion, Perham Downs
15/08/1916 - Transferred to 5th Battalion from 1st Div. Signals; France
18/08/1916 - Transferred from 1st Aust. Division Signal Company to 5th Battalion as Private; France
23/08/1916 - Appointed Lance Corporal in the field. Given his old Regimental Number 531
13/11/1916 - To hospital sick; from the field; Rouen; diarrhoea and debility; suspected dysentery
09/12/1916 - Embarked from Harve for England dysentery
11/12/1916 - Admitted Admitted 3rd Southern England General Hospital Dysentery
30/06/1917 - Granted Returned to Australia for 6 month to attend farming interests. Half pay
02/07/1917 - Detached for duty with H.L. London for Aust. Authority
22/07/1917 - Returned to Australia for 6 months leave in view of the circumstances disclosed
"I beg to apply for six months leave to proceed to Australia for the purpose of attending to my private affairs. On arriving in Australia three years before the war broke out, I bought a farm of 902 acres. I joined up on 15th August 1914 and have been away ever since. During my absence the farm is being worked and looked after by a manager, as I have no one in Australia having gone out on my own. It is very unsatisfactory the way the farm is being managed and I am unable to do anything to alter matters, unless I can get over there. Should you wish to make enquiries as to my case, I here enclose the address of my next of kin who will be able to give you any information you may require. Trusting this may meet with your approval."
Sgd. L.Cpl Tedcastle A.G. No. 531. 5th Battalion. Attached to B Coy 66th Bn.
On half pay from embarkation
23/11/1917 - Discharged
23/11/1917 - Granted 15/- per fortnight War Pension

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife
1919 - Axel married Mary Grant (1894-1975) Reg. # 6776 in Newtown, Geelong, in the Presbyterian Church. (Note: Mary never appears on census with Axel)
Robert Grant Tedcastle 1920-1960 Born Balwin
Lola 1924
Wallia Alexander
1936 - Divorce of Axel and Mary
Electoral Rolls show Mary living at 8 Francis St., Geelong from 1931, with Wallia Alexander Tedcastle residing at the same address from 1949 -1949 - R Tedcastle used 8 Francis St as his address See Argus land sale note.
1954. In 1968 and 1972 she resided at Grace McKellar House, Ballarat Rd., Geelong. She died in 1975.

1937 - Axel married Irene Jessie Keane , Kingsford, N.S.W. Reg. # 10015 (Note: Irene then appears on Eectoral Rolls with Axel)
Place/s of residence:
1917 - 326 Montague Street Albert Park (P 11 Service Record)
1914,1919, 1924 - Glen Elgin, Toolern Vale
1926 - Argus: Glen Elgin sold
1930 - Glenfield, Oura Rd., N. Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.
1943 - 204 Longfield St., Werriwa, N.S.W.
1949 - Queens Beach, Bowen, Qld.
1963 - 232 George St., Bundaberg, Qld.

1914,1919, 1924, 1930 - Farmer
1943 - No occupation

Other relevant information:
Family Company Tedcastle Holdings, 100% Irish owned and dating back 200 years, is still in operation. For origins of Robert Tedcastle, grandfather, see: http://www.top1000.ie/tedcastle

Additional Information

1911 - Axel lived with his sister in his grandfathers house, 5 Clarkstown Street, Whitechurch, Dublin. They have a governess and 3 servants.

23/06/1911 Axel departed England aboard the Omrah, Orient Line. He travelled first class. 31/07/1911 - Arrived in Fremantle

Melton Express
Saturday 19 May 1917 p 2 Letters from the Front received on Saturday state that Gunner Wynne is in France; Gunner Hogg, mumps; Gunner Missen, recovered from mumps. Reported that T. A. Tedcastle is on his way to Australia.

Melton Express
Saturday 23 February 1918 p 2 Mr. A. G. Tedcastle, who was recently invalided home after a strenuous campaign in France, has lately returned to "Glen Elgin." His many friends will be glad to learn that he is likely to permanently reside here, and wish him a speedy recovery.

Gisborne Gazette
Friday 12 April 1918 p 3 Mr. Tedcastle, of Glen Elgin, had the misfortune to lose two large hay stacks and several tons of straw last week. He was engaged burning stubble, when the fire got away and caught some avings. The flames soon spread, with the result that the stacks were quickly consumed. One member of the local Bush Fire Brigade turned up, but the fire had too strong a hold. Mr. Tedcastle took his loss philosophically.
(Possibly: .. fire got away and caught some shavings)
The Argus
Wednesday 10 March 1926 p 17 TOOLERNVALE
Glen Elgin, the property of Mr. A. G. Tedcastle, has been sold to Messrs. Wilcox (Queensland) and Sanderson (Epping V.).

The Sydney Morning Herald
Thursday 30 April 1936 p 7 TEDCASTLE V TEDCASTLE.
Mary Tedcastle (formerly Grant) v Axel George Tedcastle. Marriage, August, 1919, at Newtown, Geelong, Victoria, Presbyterian rites. Issue, respondent's adultery with a woman whose name is unknown to the petitioner. Decree nisi. Mr. S. V. Toose (instructed by Messrs. W. S. Gray and Perkins) for petitioner.

The Sydney Morning Herald
Wednesday 2 December 1936 p 10 IN DIVORCE.
(Before the Judge in Divorce, Mr. Justice Boyce.)
Decrees absolute were pronounced in the suits of Mary Tedcastle v Axel George Tedcastle,

The Sydney Morning Herald
Tuesday 5 December 1944 p 10 KEANE.The Relatives and Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keane and Family, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Tedcastle, and Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Bowyer are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of their dearly beloved Father and their dear Grandfather, Bernard Henry Keane; to leave his late residence, 204 Longfield Street, Cabramatta, this Afternoon, at 3.15 o'clock, for the Catholic Cemetery, Liverpool. Labor Motor Funerals' Limited, 121 Rawson Street, Auburn. 'Phone UX6111.

The Argus
Saturday 4 November 1944 p 12 PRIZE-WINNING SHEEP ADMIRED
Mr Graham Mcintosh discussing the merits of Mr J. M. Mclntosh's prize
winning two-year-old Southdown ram with Misses Jocelyn McGilvray, left,
and Lola Tedcastle, right, girl sheepbreeders from Laverton, at the annual
show and sale of the Australian Society of Breeders of British Sheep, Vic-
torian Division, held at Newmarket yesterday. With Photo

The Argus
Thursday 7 October 1943 p 9 NURSES' EXAMS
The following candidates were successful at the recent Nurses' Board examination:

The Argus
Friday 13 July 1945 p 11 NURSES' FINAL EXAMINATIONS
The following arc the names of successful candidates at the recent nurses' final examination held by the Nurses Board:
GEELONG HOSPITAL: ., L. Tedcastle,

The Argus
Saturday 12 February 1949 p 18 BLOCKS (3). 227-229 Kawarren av. Nth. Balwyn. 227 80, others 70. R. Tedcastle, 8 Francis st.. Newtown. Geelong. Phone 3921._


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