Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Francis Stanley (Stanley) LOVE


Born: 10 June, 1889

Birthplace: Greenwich, England

Parents: Father: Alfred Love, 1891 - Vicar St. Pauls,
South Street, Greenwich; Mother: Julia Pugh

Died: 3 October, 1958

Place of death: Sydney, New South Wales

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20


8th General (Victorian) Reinforcements; Chaplain 4th Class (CofE) Com Depot



Regimental Service Number: 60717

Enlistment date: 22 May, 1918 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 28 years 11 months

Address at enlistment: The Vicarage, Melton, Victoria

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Married

Next of kin: Wife: Mrs Dorothy Violet Love, The Vicarage, Melton; then:
Tooneway, Mount Peasant Road, Belmont, Geelong;
Doonside, Glenleith Avenue, Drumcondra, Geelong

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 111 pounds
Complexion: Fair
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks: Scar right abdomen

Embarkation ship: H.M.A.T. A74 Marathon.

Rank: Commissioned Chaplain 4th Class

Return Date: 23 August, 1919

Return Vessel: Anchises.

Arrival at Australia: 8 October, 1919.

Discharge Date: 3 October, 1919

War Service Summary

23/05/1918 11/06/1918 - Broadmeadows recruitment depot
25/05/1918 - Requested transfer to Army Medical Corp because he is a Minister of Religion
23/07/1918 - Embarked from Melbourne
25/08/1918 - Sick - pharangitis
27/09/1918 - Disembarked London; Allotted to 7th battalion; Marched in to 1st Training battalion
02/12/1918 - To be chaplain 4 class (C. of E.) for continuous service
07/12/1918 - To Sutton Veny
10/01/1919 - Military hospital influenza
18/01/1919 - Discharged from hospital to duty
31/07/1919 - (Chaplain) M/O to Headquarters London
23/08/1919 - Returned to Australia

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Post World War 1, also know as Heath Burdock

Names of wife and children:
February, 1912 - Married at Brentford, EnglandDorothy Violet Elizabeth John Gatcombe Evans (5 given names); Born c. 1896, so about 16 years old when married.

Divorce granted, July 1923 when Dorothy was living at Toorak Rd., South Camberwell and Francis Stanley was in Sydney.

Place/s of residence:
As a clergyman:
1914-15 Bathurst, leaves July 1915
c. 1915 to Victoria
1917-18, The Vicarage, Melton,
1919 Dorothy lives at 19 Glenleith Av., Corio, Geelong
Woods Point

Vicar (pre 1923)
On the stage
Radio manager and Broadcaster for thr ABC and commercial stations

Date of death: 03/10/1958 Sydney

Additional Information

The Bathurst Times,
19 July 1915, p2

The Rev. Love preached his last sermon in Bathurst at All Saints' Cathedral last night, in the presence of an excellent congregation. In the course of his address the rev. gentleman thanked the people for all the kindness that had been shown to him during his stay in the town, and said that he would always take an interest in the district, and would carry away with him a fond remembrance of Bathurst and its people that he would never forget. Mr. Love has been in Bathurst for 12 months, and it is believed that he will now proceed to Norfolk Island.

Melton Express
3 March 1917 p 2

The Rev. F. Stanley Love, of Meredith, has (says the Gordon "Advertiser") been offered, and has accepted, the charge of the Church of England parish of Melton. It is not improbable, however, that Mr. Love will be offered a larger parish nearer Melbourne than Melton. The Rev. and Mrs. Love have endeared themselves to the large circle of friends during their all too short a stay in the parish, and they will carry with them many sincere good wishes for future happiness and prosperity.

Melton Express
10 March 1917 p 2
The Rev. F. Stanley Love, of Meredith, who has accepted the charge of the Melton Parish, has no idea when: he will be able to take up his duties here, as no appointment has yet been made at Meredith, and is remaining there for a time, as Melton services are more easily filled,

Melton Express
14 April 1917 p 2

The new Church of England Vicar (Rev. F. Stanley Love) has arrived, and will take up his duties on Sunday next.

Melton Express
27 April 1918 p 3

A large and representative gathering filled the Melton Mechanics' Hall on Saturday evening last, to do honor to Mr. Thomas Lang, late head-teacher of the Melton State school. After the singing of the National Anthem, songs and recitations were rendered by Misses Riddell, Robertson (2), Hall and Rev. S. Love. The performers were all in excellent voice, and loudly encored.
Rev. F. Stanley Love said he knew something of the woes of teaching, for he gave religious instruction in several State schools; but whereas the schoolmaster could drive the secular knowledge in with the stick, the religious instructor was debarred from so doing. He often felt like using the stick (laughter).

Melton Express
The Bacchus Marsh Express
25 May 1918, P 2

Rev. F. Stanley Love, Melton's Church of England clergyman, has enlisted as a Private and gone into Broadmeadows Camp.

The Bacchus Marsh Express
22 June 1918, P 2

Christ Church Melton, services for Sunday, 23rd inst.:--Melton, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Rockbank, 3 p.m. Farewell service. Rev. F. Stanley Love
The Rev. F. Stanley Love, Vicar of Christ Church, Melton, who enlisted recently with the A.I.F. will preach farewell services at Melton and Toolern Vale on Sunday week, 30th inst., at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. A farewell service will be held also at Rockbank on Sunday (to-morrow) at 3 p.m.
Rev. F. Stanley Love will resign from the Parish on 30th inst. He expects to sail with reinforcement during July.

Melton Express
29 June 1918 p 2

The Rev. F. Stanley Love, Vicar of Christ Church, Melton, who enlisted recently with the A.I.F., will preach farewell services at Melton and Toolern Vale on, Sunday next, 30th inst., at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
Rev. George Rogers, of Heathcote, has been appointed to Melton, in place of Rev. F. Stanley Love, and will take charge on 1st August.

The Bacchus Marsh Express
6 July 1918 p 2

A farewell Social will be tendered Rev. and Mrs. Love in the schoolroom on Saturday evening next, 13th inst. Rev. F. S. Love preached farewell services at Melton, Melton South, and Toolern Vale on Sunday last, to large congregations... Despite the inclement weather on Saturday night, the Melton Mechanics' hall was well filled by local and district folk, who assembled to extend a welcome home to Privates Tom. Nolan, Frank Neal, G. Close and Tom Exell ; also to say farewell to-Lance-Corporal Stanley Love, Privates Roy Monk and Norman Kinnersley. The platform was tastefully decorated for the occasion with greenery, flowers, and the Allied flags. Harmony was contributed by Misses Phyllis Emmett, Currie, Evans, Messrs. McLeish, Osborne and S. Hardy. The performers were all in excellent voice and had perforce to obey encores. The
Chairman of the Recruiting Committee (Rev. S. Love) having enlisted, .
Mr. J. F. Roe congratulated the returned men who, though badly damaged, had escaped with their lives. .. He referred to the sacrifice of the Rev. Stanley Love, who was leaving behind a beautiful young wife and an angelic family of little children. He hoped all would be spared to return and celebrate in the Melton hall a glorious victory and an honorable peace. ..
The (Rev.) Lance-Corporal Love said he knew his enlistment was a surprise to many people, but he saw other married men obeying the call of Empire and he had no desire to shelter himself behind his clerical collar. He then spoke in his usual happy vein and gave some experiences of camp life. He was now an expert potato-peeler and washer-up. (Laughter). He thanked them for the warmth of their farewell, also the Melton people for their kindness to him while he was their pastor. (Applause.)

The Sydney Morning Herald
24 July 1923 p 9

A story concerning the indiscretions of a clergyman who went on the stage, was told before Mr. Justice Mann in the Divorce Court to-day by Mrs. Dorothy Violet Elizabeth John Gatcombe Love, who was seeking a dissolution of her marriage with Francis Stanley Love, on the ground of misconduct. There was no appearance for the respondent.
The petitioner stated in an affidavit that she was born at Cardiff, Wales, and that her husband was born at Greenwich, England. They were married at Brentford, England, by a registrar, in February, 1912. At the time Love was a student in holy orders. There were four children of the marriage. In March, 1912, Mrs. Love and her husband left London for Australia. Later Love was ordained in Sydney, and was appointed curate at Marrickville, where he remained for six months. At the end of that time Love was transferred to Bathurst Cathedral, where he stayed for 14 months before coming to Victoria. About this time Mrs. Love saw a maid named Ivy sitting on her husband's knee. The maid was dismissed, but Love, who admitted that he was fond of the girl, used to visit her in Melbourne. Mrs. Love, according to the affidavit agreed to forgive her husband, and they went to live at Melton, where they stayed for a year. This was in 1917. Love fell in love with a girl named May, and admitted having had improper relations with her. Mrs. Love threatened divorce proceedings, and Love proposed that he should marry the girl, and that the children should be divided between him and Mrs. Love. Mrs. Love refused to agree to this. In June, 1918, Love went abroad as a chaplain with the Forces, and returned about October, 1919. On his return they lived together at Geelong. He later wrote from Sydney that he had misconducted himself in England. He subsequently obtained an appointment as minister of the Church of England at Wood's Point. Later he was transferred to Longwood in the Wangaratta diocese as vicar. Early in 1922 Love went to Sydney and wrote to his wife saying that he had been unfaithful, and that he was "Infatuated with a nice girl who loved him." In March, 1922, he went on the stage. He was still connected with the stage.
Judgment was reserved.

The Argus
24 July 1923 p 8

When petitioning for a dissolution of her marriage with Francis Stanley Love, Mrs. Dorothy V. Love said that her husband had, on a number of occasions, been indiscreet in his relations with other women. He was then a minister of the Church of England, but had gone on the stage.

The Argus
31 July 1923 p 8
Mrs. Dorothy Violet E. J. G. Love was granted a decree nisi by Mr. Justice Mann for the dissolution of her marriage with Francis Stanley Love, a former Anglican vicar, on the ground of misconduct.

The Sydney Morning Herald
5 November 1927 p 14

A dramatic recital, under the patronage of the Shakespear Society, is announced by Mr Heath Burdock for next Tuesday evening, at St James Hill. The programme includes scenes from the plays of Shakespeare and Sheridan, and selections from the works of Dickens, Mark Twain, and Kipling Seats may be reserved at Paling's.

The Sydney Morning Herald
10 July 1928 p 6

Messrs. Harrison Allen and Heath Burdock have been appointed examiners in elocution for the Australian Music Examinations Board.

The Sydney Morning Herald
29 June 1929 p 21

SUNDAY, 7. 30 P. M.
(the well known Shakespearean Actor and
will deliver a Biographical Lecture Recital
Illustrated by recitals from Shakespeare's play
"Henry VIII"
Pianoforte solos by Mr Charles Davis (Aus-
tralian Composer) (a) Prelude (b) In the
Meadow (c) Romance. Admission free. Broad-
cast 2GB Collection.

The Sydney Morning Herald
17 April 1930 p 6

The recently-founded Who's For Australia League arranged a tea party at Farmer's yesterday, when 100 members were present. The league will hold a series of parties throughout the year, and the one yesterday was the third to take place. Mr. A. E. Bennett, general secretary, gave an address on the aims of the league, which seeks to inspire every Australian with practical patriotism, and urges the purchase of Australian-Made goods, thus helping to bring about a better financial condition in the country. Mr. Heath Burdock also spoke.
A musical programme was given by Mr. Clement Hosking, Miss Elsie Browne, Mr. Heath Burdock, and Hiss Amy Mallett.

The Sydney Morning Herald
11 October 1930, P 7

3. 0 pm - Womens football match in aid of unemployed women
6. 0 - Session for tiny tots, children s session, happy half-hour, request session
8. 0 - Musical session
10. 0 a m - Music
10. 30 - Morning service from St Albans Church: music
3. 0 p m - Music
5. 0 - tiny tots session, children's session
7. 0 -From St Alban s Church the Rev. Heath Burdock
7. 35 - Address by Mrs Albert Littlejohn Woman Whither Goest Thou?
8. 15 -Records
9. 2 -Weather report. Records

The Argus
13 April 1939 p 3

Mr. Heath Burdock, the commission's most experienced announcer, has been granted three months' leave of absence to visit England, where he may take a short course of Instruction with the British Broadcasting Corporation.

The Sydney Morning Herald
2 December 1939, P 11

Mr Heath Burdock the Australian Broadcasting Commission's senior announcer returned from London this week by the Orion where he has been studying BBC methods of broadcasting. Tomorrow night he will broadcast a talk on "London in Wartime" from 2FC 2NR and 2CY at 4.50 p. m.

The Argus
24 January 1945, p 3

SYDNEY, Tues: No suggestion of piracy of talent was being made by the ABC against commercial stations, following the resignations last week of four members of its staff, Mr. C. J. A. Moses, general manager of the commission, said today.
Those who have resigned are Mr. Heath Burdock (news announcer), Mr. Bryson Taylor (studio supervisor), Mr. Oscar Lansbury (producer's assistant), and Miss Kay Keavney (script writer).
Mr. Moses said that Messrs. Burdock and Lansbury and Miss Keavney were joining commercial stations at salaries higher than the ABC was empowered to pay, and Mr. Taylor intended to teach voice production. The salaries paid to these persons by the ABC were pegged by National Security regulations, and could not be increased. Commercial stations were not fettered by such regulations.

The Sydney Morning Herald
10 January 1948 p 10

HEATH BURDOCK, Private Teaching: Speech, Elocution, Radio, Eisteddfod,
etc. JX1054

The Sydney Morning Herald
11 October 1952 p 16

Oxford St S. H. C. 11: Rector

Melton Express
23 December 1944

The voice of Heath Burdock, radio announcer on national stations for many years, is familiar to all residents, particularly listeners to news sessions. How many were aware that this broadcasting personality is none other than the former vicar of Melton, Rev. F. S. Love, who enlisted from here to serve in the 1914-18 war?

HEATH BURDOCK was 2UE's main newsreader from the time commercial stations were permitted to run their own news services after several years of carrying the official ABC news. The owners of 2UE were also the proprietors of the Sydney Sun afternoon newspaper, and they figured that if they were to run their own news, it'd better be good. So they got hold of Heath, who had been the ABC's principal newsreader throughout those years.


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