Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Francis Patrick HEDE


Born: 1882

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 13477

Birthplace: Ballarat East

Parents: Thomas Hede
Winifred OBrien

Died: 20 November, 1962

Place of death: Mordialloc, Victoria, Reg. No. 24249

Burial place: Cheltenham Cemetry, Cheltenham, Vioctoria, Australia

Awards and Honours

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


4th Reinforcement, 22nd Battalion, 14th Field Artillery Brigade, 12th Army Field Artillery Brigade



Regimental Service Number: 2104

Enlistment date: 2 July, 1915 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 32 years 11 months

Address at enlistment: Greenvale Farm, C/- Melton Railway Station

Religion: Roman Catholic

Marital Status: Married

Next of kin: Wife: Mrs: Rosa Marion Hede

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 12 stones 4 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Fair
Distinctive marks: Scars on shins

Embarkation ship: HMAT A20 Hororata.

Rank: Driver /Acting Corporal

Return Date: 25 January, 1919

Return Vessel: Ceramic.

Arrival at Australia: 23 March, 1919.

Discharge Date: 15 May, 1919

War Service Summary

02/07/1915 - Enlisted
27/09/1915 - Embarked for duty overseas aboard HMAT A20 Hororata
08/01/1916 - Taken on strength; Ghezereh
12/01/1916 - To 1st Australian General Hospital, sick; Varicocele; Tel-el-Kebir
21/01/1916 - Returned to duty; Ghezereh; taken on strength to 25th Howitzer Brigade
14/02/1916 - To 1st Australian General Hospital, at Heliopolis
02/03/1916 - Irregular conduct; 2 insulting remarks to a N.C.O.; Reverts to ranks; Zeitoun
01/04/1916 - Taken on strength to 25th Howitzer Brigade and posted to 113th Battery; Moascar
10/05/1916 - Transferred to British Headquarters; Ferry Post; Mustered driver
19/06/1916 - Proceeded from Alexandria to join British Expeditionary Forces
25/06/1916 - Disembarked Marseilles
24/09/1916 - Charged with neglect of duty; in the field, France; forfeits 4 days pay
08/11/1916 - Charged while in the field with neglecting to obey an order, absenting himself from billet; Awarded 4 days
24/01/1917 - Transferred to 14th Field Artillery Brigade
08/02/1917 - Transferred to 12th Army Field Artillery Brigade
08/05/1917 - To New Zealand Stationary hospital, sick; pneumonia; Armiens
19/05/1917 - Transferred to 59th General Hospital; pleurisy
26/06/1917 - Transferred to England from Abberille per H.S. Essequito, France
28/06/1917 - Admitted 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham; pleurisy
12/12/1917 - To Depot, Sutton Veny
26/08/1918 - Court Martial, AWL 26/07/1918 until 14/08/1918; pleaded guilty; Sentence, forfeiture of 40 days pay
27/12/1917 - Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade
19/12/1918 - Charged with being AWL from 12/12/1918 until19/12/1918; forfeits 14 days pay
25/01/1919 - Returned to Australia per Ceramic
23/03/1919 - Arrived
15/05/1919 - Discharged

23/08/1923 Memo noting that pension had been cancelled as of 28/12/1922 because no medical examination had been conducted. Notes divorce and that Rosa had remarried Mr. Crowley of Lynch Road, Fawkner. Childrens' pensions are about to be cancelled.

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
Married Rosa Marion Cullen. Married 16/5/1905. Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Reg. 1905/0366
16/12/1921 Divorced

Winifred Rose (1905-1970)
John Terrence (1906-1908)
Leonard Thomas (1909-1981)
Mary Veronica (1912-1992)
Francis John (1914-1998)
Ronald Nicholson (1916-2006)

Place/s of residence:
1909 Speight Street, Northcote (Electoral Rolls)
1914, 1919 Melton Railway Station (Electoral Rolls)

1909 Tram Conductor (Electoral Rolls)
1914, 1919 Farmer (Electoral Rolls)

Date of death:
20/11/1962 Mordialloc; Reg. # 24249

Place of burial:

Other relevant information:

Additional Information

The Melton Express
9 October 1915, p. 2
A farewell social was tendered to some of the volunteers from the Melton district on Saturday evening, in the Mechanics' Institute. Wristlet watches were presented by Cr. T. Robinson (President of the Shire) to Sergeant Hede and Privates C. Moulsdale and Fredk. Coburn. Crs. Leake and Minns, Messrs. C. E. Barrie and J. H. Cunningham supported the presentation. Dancing and music filled in the evening. Refreshments were provided by the ladies. Proceedings terminated by singing the National Anthem and Auld Lang Syne. Similar presentations are to be made to the other volunteers from the district as opportunity occurs; Private Albert Martin, who was- unable to attend, was given wristlet watch privately. Each watch bears the recipient's name, with the inscription "From Melton Friends," and date. About 25 volunteers will participate in the presentations. A meeting of the Organising Committee will be held in the Mechanics' Institute on this Saturday evening, 9th inst.


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