Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS



Born: 1887

Birthplace: Macdonald River, N.S.W

Parents: Richard Jurd
Emma Matilda Butler

Died: 1959

Place of death: Taree, New South Wales

Burial place: Taree, New South Wales

Awards and Honours

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


8th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron



Regimental Service Number: 127

Enlistment date: 14 September, 1914 Melbourne, Victoria

Age at enlistment: 28 years 7 months

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Father: R Jurd, Hawkesbury River, N.S.W

Physical Description: Height: 5feet 9 inches
Weight: 11 stones 6 pounds
Complexion: Ruddy
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Dark Brown
Distinctive marks: Scar Middle Back

Embarkation ship: A16 Star Of Victoria.

Rank: Sergeant

Return Date: 22 November, 1916

Return Vessel: H.T. Aryshire.

Arrival at Australia: 1916.

Discharge Date: 31 March, 1917

War Service Summary

14/09/1914 - Enlisted
01/01/1915 - Promoted to Lance Corporal
16/05/1915 - Embarked for Gallipoli from Alexandria
31/05/1915 - Influenza at Anzac Cove, transferred to Mudros
12/06/1915 - Discharged to duty
07/08/1915 - Gun Shot Wound left hip and forearm
11/08/1915 - Arrived at Alexandria
12/08/1915 - Admitted to No. 2 General Hospital, Gezirah
11/09/1915 - Discharged to Base
25/10/1915 - Returned to Duty, Gallipoli Peninsula
07/11/1915 - Transferred 1st Australian Division
23/12/1915 - At Heliopolis
05/01/1916 - Promoted to Sergeant
26/02/1916 - Marched out to Setapeum
11/04/1916 - Hospital sick; Heliopolis Railhead
14/04/1916 - Enteritis; admitted
14/04/1916 - Returned to Duty; Railhead
27/04/1916 - Sick to hospital; pleural adhesions
07/05/1916 - Returned to duty at Railhead
10/09/1916 - Sick to hospital; Amara
12/09/1916 - Enteritis; Hod-el-Maler
15/09/1916 - Dysentry; Kantara; admitted 26th Casulty Clearing Station; admitted 31st General Hospital, Port Said
29/09/1916 - Dysentry; 14th General Hospital; Abbassia
21/11/1916 - Embarked for Australia and discharge
22/11/1916 - Left Suez
01/04/1917 - Pension Granted 1 14s. 6d.

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
24/10/1917 - Married Winnie Greta Jurd, Reg. # 12214
Clifford Fock (1919-1944) Died at Cairns Service Number NX46702
Aileen (b 1921)

Place/s of residence:
West Maitland
Taree N.S.W

1914 Labourer
1917 - Book Stall Contractor, Railway Station, West Maitland
Milk boat Operator
Store Keeper
Councillor for Taree

Date of death:
1959 Taree N.S.W
Place of burial:

Other relevant information:
Bowls Shield named the "O. Jurd Annual Anzac Day Shield".
Father: Richard Jurd, born on the Hawkesbury River, died aged 86. He was a farmer at Central McDonald.
Grandfather: Captain John Jurd, an early emigrant from England, who came to Australia when Macquarie was Governor.

Additional Information

The Windsor Richmond Gazette
October 1 1915, page 3
Mr. Richard Jurd, of Central McDonald, has received word that his son, Corporal Owen Pearson Jurd, was wounded in the hip at the Dardanelles on August 7.

The Windsor Richmond Gazette
23 February 1917, p. 4
Owen Jurd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jurd of Central Macdonald, was accorded a hearty welcome home. He went through the Gallipoli campaign, but eventually was rendered hors-de-combat by a piece of shrapnel, and was invalided home, after he had risen to the rank of sergeant.

Windsor and Richmond Gazette
19 April, 1917, p. 8
Private Owen Jurd has returned to his people at MacDonald He fought against the Turks and was wounded in the hip.

The Bacchus Marsh Express
18 August 1917, P 2
Melton Express
18 August 1917, P 2
The meeting to form a committee to entertain local soldiers returning from Active Service, was held on Monday evening, and there was an unusually large attendance of both ladies and gentlemen Cr. J. F. Minns in the chair. The following committee was appointed :-Rev. F. Stanley Love (President), Mr. Jas. H. Cunningham (Hon. Sec.), Messrs. Wraith, Robinson, J. F. Minns;, Whittington and G. McDonald. It was decided to hold a social on Friday 31st inst., to entertain the present returned soldiers – Privates J. Minns, R. McPherson, G. Ware, Keating, P. Nolan, M. A. Nolan, Lachmund and Jurd. .

Windsor and Richmond Gazette
2 November, 1917, p. 2
A pretty and popular wedding was celebrated at the Anglican Church, St. Albans, on Wednesday, October 24, when Miss Winnie G. Jurd, youngest daughter of Mr. Charles Jurd, J.P., and Mrs. Jurd, of Central McDonald, and Mr. Owen Jurd, a returned Anzac, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jurd, of St. Albans, were joined in holy wedlock. …..

Mr. R. B Walker, M.L.A, was called upon to support the toast. - …. He congratulated the bride on her choice of a mate. There must be something good in a man who had gone thousands of miles top a strange country to fight for the cause of the Empire, and he was sure that the bridegroom would fight for and protect his wife as long as they were both spared. He also congratulated the bridegroom on having picked one of the prettiest girls in, the district— a young lady with a beautiful character also— and who deserved such good fortune more than Owen Jurd — a man who had proved that he was entitled to the best that could come to him by what he had done for his country and his Empire. He had fought for right and liberty, and came home bearing the scars of battle. He felt sure that the union would be a happy one, and he wished the young couple all happiness and prosperity and a long life together. ….

Sunday Times N.S.W
18 November 1917, p. 15
At the Anglican Church, St. Albans, on October 31, Miss Winnie G. Jurd, youngest daughter of Mr. Charles Jurd, J.P., and Mrs. Jurd, of Central Macdonald, and Mr. Owen Jurd, a re turned Anzac, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jurd, of St. Albans, were married. Rev. Mr. Read was the celebrant. Miss Maude Hearne acted as bridesmaid, and Mr. Walter Jurd (the bridegroom's younger brother) as best man. After the wedding ceremony a wedding reception was held in the St.' Albans School of Arts.

Melton Express
7 September 1918, P 2
Planting the Honor Avenue took place in the Toolern Park on Saturday last. The scheme adopted involved two concave semi-circles, facing the road, the converging points being 16ft. apart. Between these two points it is intended to erect the Honor Tablet, when the design has been approved; two specially selected shrubs were planted at this point, known as Thuja Doniana, a new and very handsome type of evergreen. The rest of the trees are golden cypresses. The line of the semi-circles was arranged well in advance of the cypress hedge (which was planted three years ago) and forms a background to the whole plantation. The blend of coloring from the golden-tinted trees against the dark green hedge will give a very fine effect in a few years time. The planting was carried, out under supervision and the trees well watered and thoroughly mulched to preserve the moisture on account of the lateness of the season for planting.

The list of those who enlisted from the North Riding contains 20 names and a corresponding number of trees were planted. Precedence was given in the order of planting to those who have made the supreme sacrifice. The list is as follows:-
R. J. Wynne, A. Cameron, H. Foster, W. G. Hogg, A. G. Tedcastle, E. Cameron, N. Cameron, J. Clarke, J. S. Farrell, O. Jurd, A. Lachmund, S. J. T. McCorkell, R. J. MacPherson, A. P. Missen, G. A. G. Smith, G. Snowden, R. Gault, D. Cameron, J. H. Bartrop, R. Bartrop. …..

Northern Champion 1944
Much sympathy will be felt for Mr. and Mrs Owen Jurd, of River street, Taree, in the sudden death of their only son, Pte. Clifford Foch Jurd. On Monday the parents had a letter from their son, saving he had been in hospital in North Queensland for a couple of days, but intimating that he expected to be out in a few days. However, on Wednesday a telegram was received from the Army authorities saying he was seriously ill, and on Thursday morning this was followed by the sad news that he had passed away at 3 pm on Wednesday. Mrs Jurd left by the Brisbane express early on Thursday morning with the object of flying from Brisbane to the hospital where her son was a patient. Mr Jurd got in touch with the Railway staff, who were able to contact her at The Risk, on the Richmond, and break the sad news of her son's death. Mrs Jurd then decided to complete the journey to Brisbane, and return to Taree the following day. Mr Jurd got in touch with the Military authorities on Thursday afternoon, and was informed that his son was buried in the military section of the Cairns (NQ) cemetery on Thursday. The late Pte. Jurd was born at Maitland 20 years ago, and at the age of eight years he came to Taree with his parents. After attending the Taree Primary and High Schools he became a shop assistant, and then joined his father on the milk boat, where he was employed until he enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war. He served at Darwin for two years, and was one of the contingent sent to Timor, but which had to turn back when the Japs came to that area. He then served through the big bombing raids on Darwin, and subsequently was stationed in North Queensland. Cliff Jurd was a popular young citizen of Taree before his enlistment, and had many friends amongst the younger section of the community; he was a well behaved young man, with a happy, friendly nature. For years he was a keen tennis player, and took part in many competitions conducted in the town. The outbreak of war made an immediate call to his patriotic spirit and love of country, and it was not long before he joined the colours— and thus followed his father's footsteps in the first Great War. His only sister is Aileen, wife of Stoker Kevin Burdekin, R.A.N.


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