Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

George Clyde FOSSEY


Born: 1888

Birthplace: Rockbank


William Alfred Fossey (1857-1938) Maria Quaile (1857-1925)

Died: 3 May, 1917

Cause: Died Of Wounds

Place of death: Bullecourt, France

Burial place: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France

Awards and Honours

  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal
  • 1914-1918 Memorial Plaque


24th Battalion, 6th reinforcement; 57th Australian Infantry Battalion



Regimental Service Number: 2631

Enlistment date: 2 August, 1915 Orbost; Re-examined Melbourne 22/07/1915

Age at enlistment: 27 years 6 months

Address at enlistment: 28 Moore St., St. Kilda

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin:

Mother: Mrs Maria Fossey, 28 Moore St., St. Kilda

William Alfred Fossey (1857-1938) Maria Quaile (1857-1925) lived at 36 Spencer St., Essendon William c/- Mr. Thiemer, Rockbank (letter from Maria to Base Records see P 23 Serv. Rec.) George is one of 10 children, 5 girls and 5 boys, with 1 girl and 1 boy not surviving infancy. William died after an accident while cycling when hit by a motorcycle in St Kilda while living at Elwood. William Alfred Fossey's parents were: Walter Fossey (1829-1902) and Mary Ann Coburn (1835-1896); Mary Ann's parents were John Coburn (1803-1851) and Eliza Amelia Strain (1813-1861). Maria's father was Vere Essex Quaile blacksmith, farrier, and coachbuilder of Bacchus Marsh from 1849-1866. He moved to Euroa where he died. Brothers Arthur, George and Charles all served in World War 1. George and Charles were both killed..

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 9 inches Weight: 12 stone
Complexion: Dark
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks:

Embarkation ship: H.M.A.T. A38 Ulysses.

Rank: Lance Corporal

War Service Summary

27/10/1915 - Embarked at Melbourne
01/02/1916 - Admitted to hospital; Mumps; Egypt
21/02/1916 - Discharged from hospital
21/03/1916 - Embarked Oriana from Alexandria
27/03/1916 - Arrived Marseilles
16/05/1916 Taken on strength, LHallobean
21/04/1917 - Appointed Lance Corporal
03/05/1917 Died of Wounds

Note: No digital Red Cross record available at Australian War Memorial; limited information in Service Record.

War Service Commemerated

Killed in action.

Date: 3 May, 1917

03/05/1917 - Died of Wounds at Bullecourt, France


Commemorated at: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France

Australian War Memorial panel 101

Note: No digital Red Cross record available at Australian War Memorial; limited information in Service Record.

Additional Information

School: New Cambridge No 919, Rockbank


The Bacchus Marsh Express

Saturday 10 April 1880, P 2


FOSSEY.—On the 31st March, at the Werribee, the wife of William Alfred Fossey, of a daughter.


The Bacchus Marsh Express

Saturday 15 June 1895 p 2

The anniversary of the Duke of Abercorn Lodge of Freemasons took place in the Lodge room on the evening of the 7th inst; The chair was occupied by Bro. H. G. Paterson W.M., who installed his successor, Bro; Jno. Borlase, in office, assisted   by the Past Masters of the Lodge. P.M. Bro. Howe was invested with the insignia of the office of Treasurer, who in turn invested the following brethren with the regalia and jewel of their respective offices -S.W., Bro. A. G. Osborne; J.W., Bro. W. A. Fossey; S.D., Bro. P. Murray;



The Argus

Tuesday 20 May 1879 p 1

FOSSEY-QUAILE - On the 17th inst, at St Stephen's Church, Richmond, by the Rev. C. T. Perks, William Alfred, second son of Walter Fossey, of Brighton street, Richmond, to Maria, third daughter of Vere Quaile, of Euroa  



The Argus

Monday 11 July 1938 p 3


Cyclists Injured

William Alfred Fossey, aged 80 years, of Moore street Elwood, was fatally injured when his bicycle and a motor-cycle collided in Brighton road, near the corner of Victoria avenue St Kilda, on Saturday afternoon He died soon after admittance to the Alfred Hospital.


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