Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Edward Harold BARCLAY


Born: 18 December, 1897

Birthplace: New Zealand

Parents: Father: Edward William Barclay
Mother: Catherine Quilliam
Married in New Zealand in 1878. Catherine remarried William Turner.

Died: 6 November, 1938

Place of death: Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria

Burial place: Melton Cemetery, Melton, Victoria

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


8th Battalion, 4th Reinforcements



Regimental Service Number: 2278

Enlistment date: 1 March, 1916 Melbourne, Victoria

Age at enlistment: 36 years 3 months

Address at enlistment: Rockbank, Victoria

Religion: Presbyterian

Marital Status: Widower

Next of kin: Mother: Mrs Catherine Turner

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Weight: 151 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks: Vaccination Left arm; Surgical scar on abdomen

Embarkation ship: H.M.A.T. A 17 Port Lincoln.

Rank: Private

Return Date: 26 September, 1917

Return Vessel: HT A30 Borda.

Arrival at Australia: 26 September, 1917.

Discharge Date: 24 December, 1917

War Service Summary

20/10/1916   Embarked from Melbourne
04/12/1916    Transferred to Willochra at Sierra Leone.
28/12/1916    Disembarked Plymouth
29/12/1916    Plymonth for Durrington Training Camp
29/01/1917    Appointed Acting Lance Corporal
05/04/1917 - Proceeded overseas to France and reverts to Private.
08/06/1917 - Messines Ridge, Gun Shot Wound Left Thigh - severe
05/07/1917 - Transfer England Hospital
24/08/1917 - Discharged from Weymouth Military Hospital to 1st Auxillary Hospital
31/08/1917    Discharged from 1st Auxillary Hospital
26/09/1917 - Transfer to Australia Borda
24/12/1917 - Discharged medically unfit
25/12/1917    Granted war pension of 3 per fortnight; son Robert granted 15/- per fortnight

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
1904 Edward married Ada Rasell (1879-1913) Reg # 7884
Children: Victor (born 1905) Robert Howard (born 1908)

1923 Edward married Catherine Louisa Nissen (born in Melton,1895 died 1971). No children.

Place/s of residence: Rockbank
Melton Park with Henry Turner

Occupations: Farmer

Date of death: 06/11/1938 at Royal Melbourne Hospital
Place of burial: 08/11/1938 at the Melton Cemetery

Other relevant information:
Private Henry Turner 1778 is a stepbrother.
Edwards mother Catherine Barclay nee Quilliam married William Turner at St. Kilda in 1892. They had a son, James Henry Turner.

Additional Information

Footscray Independent
Saturday, 1 April, 1916, p. 2

FOR SALE--Box Blocks, 5/-/- per truck, on ground; also fencing posts.
Edward Barclay, Rockbank

The Argus
Wednesday 15 August 1923 p 17

Share-farming Disagreement. Judgment was given by Judge Moule in the County Court yesterday in the claim made by Victor Barclay, of Melton, by his next friend, James Henry Turner, of Melton Park, Melton, farmer, against his father Edward Henry Barclay, of Melton also a farmer Victor Barclay had sought the return of a cheque for 126/18/6 or alternatively that sum as damages for alleged illegal detention. He also claimed 123/10/- being the proceeds of the sale by Edward Barclay of 190 bags of oats, less 41 money expended, and labour supplied by the father.
The disagreement arose in connection with share- farming enterprise into which Victor Barclay had entered with Turner who is his uncle. Edward Barclay had assisted his son in working the land, and in taking off the crop. Victor Barclay alleged that his father had retained his share of the proceeds of the crop. The defence was that the son received the cheque as agent for the father.
Judge Moule gave judgment for Victor Barclay on the first claim, and directed that the cheque be returned to him by the Court. On the second claim, he gave judgment for Victor Barclay for 65/10/, with costs of the whole action. With regard to the judgment for 65/10/, Judge Moule granted a stay till March 1924. I have asked Mr Hogan to communicate to the plaintiff certain moral obligations under which I believe he is," concluded Judge Moule.
Mr Hogan (instructed by Messers Godfrey and Godfrey) appeared for Victor Barclay, and Me Magennis (instructed by Messers Dugdale and Cerber) for Edward Barclay.

The Argus
Tuesday 8th November, 1938, page 10

Death Notices
BARCLAY On the 6th of November, at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Edward Howard Barclay, of Mt Cotterell road, Rockbank, dearly loved husband of Catherine, and the loving father of Robert, aged 56 years; late 38th Battalion, A.I.F. -Underneath are the Everlasting Arms.
Funeral Notice
BARCLAY. - The Friends of the late Mr. EDWARD HOWARD BARCLAY, of Mt. Cotterell road, Rockbank, are respectfully invited to follow his remains to the place of interment, the Melton Cemetery.
The funeral is appointed to move from Walter A. Warne's funeral parlours, 291 Barkly street, Footscray, THIS DAY (Tuesday, the 8th November), at 3 o'clock and proceed to the Church of England, Melton, where a short service will be held by the Rev. C. J. Nash, and thence to the cemetery.
WALTER A. WARNE, Undertaker, 291 Barkly street, Footscray. Phone 9 Footscray.

The Argus
Saturday 18 March 1939 p 20 Wednesday - March 22
SALE OF PROPERTY FARM STOCK AND PLANT AT MOUNT COTTERILL L M DUGDALE and Co., instructed by the administratrix of the estate of EDWARD
BARCLAY deceased will OFFER by PUBLIC AUCTION as above FARM PROPERTY of 110 acres 20 perches, situated Mount Cotterill road, Rockbank,
subdivided into 5 convenient paddocks, watered by 3 dams, bore, and windmill. 98 acres have been cultivated, 47 acres at present fallowed. WB dwelling of 5 rooms, cowshed, dairy, stable, and barn A handy property situated three miles from Rockbank rail, 20 miles from Melbourne. Terms at Sale Immediate Possession Also at the same time and place -
FARM STOCK and PLANT comprising -
Dr mare 4 years with foal at foot, dr mare 5 years, dr mare, aged; delivery gelding
aged; pony mare broken saddle and harness.
2 Jersey cows in milk, 4 Jersey heifers.
Massey-Harris 6ft. binder, tip dray 3 f ,Sunbow plough, Albion mower, M H seeddrill, roller, milk cart, 2-knife McKay chaffcutter.
2 h p McKay engine, belting tools, copper and stand, grindstone, separator, churn.
Sundry furniture Sideboard, linoleum, couch, S bedstead, glassware etc.
10 tons 1ft firewood The whole is for absolute sale to finalise the estate.
Solicitors for the estate Dugdale, Simmons, and Stevens, 485 Bourke street, Melbourne.
L. M. Dugdale and Co., auctioneers, Bacchus Marsh

The Argus
Monday 14 November 1938 p 14 After the expiration of fourteen days from the publication hereof application will be made to the Supreme Court of the State of Victoria in its Probate Jurisdiction, that LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION of the estate of EDWARD HOWARD BARCLAY late of Mt Cotterill road Rockbank in the said State, farmer, deceased intestate may be granted to Catherine Louisa Barclay or Mt Cotterill road, Rockbank aforesaid, the widow of the said deceased
Dated this 14th day of November, 1938
DUGDALE SIMMONS & STEVENS Chancery House, 486 Bourke street, Melbourne proctors for the applicant.


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