Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS



Born: 1891

Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 35396

Birthplace: Melton

Parents: John McPherson (1853-1940)
Eliza Jane Morrison (1856-1923)

Died: 1 January, 1972

Place of death: Heidelberg, Victoria

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


5th Reinforcement, 5th Field Company Engineers



Regimental Service Number: 7237

Enlistment date: 31 December, 1915 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 24 years 3 months

Address at enlistment: Toolern Vale

Religion: Presbyterian

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Father: John McPherson, Darunic, Toolern Vale

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 128 pounds
Complexion: Dark
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black
Distinctive marks: 2 x vaccination, left arm

Embarkation ship: HMAT A 16 Star of Victoria.

Rank: Sapper

Return Date: 7 July, 1916

Return Vessel: Hospital Ship Karoola.

Arrival at Australia: 2 August, 1916.

Discharge Date: 8 September, 1916

War Service Summary

31/12/1915 - Enlisted
31/03/1916 - Embarked for duty overseas aboard HMAT A 16 Star of Victoria from Sydney
05/05/1916 - Disembarked and joined Miscellaneous Reinforcements at Tel-el-Kebir
15/05/1916 - 3rd Australian General Hospital, Cairo; rheumatism and myocarditis mild
04/07/1916 - Transferred to Karoola at Abbassia
05/07/1916 - Embarked from Suez aboard Karorla for discharge; recurrent rheumatism
02/08/1916 - Arrived in Melbourne
26/08/1916 - At No. 11 Australian General Hospital; chronic rheumatism and cardiac
08/09/1916 - Discharged; medically unfit
09/09/1916 - Granted a pension of $2 per fortnight
06/12/1917 - Pension reduced to 15/- per fortnight

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife and children:
1919 Married Ethel Sarah Trethowan Reg. # 1745 shows John McPherson marrying Sarah Ethel Trethowan

Place/s of residence:
1915, 1919, 1922, 1928, 1934 Toolern Vale farmer (Electoral Rolls)
1942 Melton farmer (Electoral Rolls)
1915-1942 - Farmer (Electoral Rolls)

Date of death:
01/01/1972 - Heidelberg
Place of burial:

Other relevant information:
Apprenticed to South Melbourne Buckeye Harvester Company for 5 years

Additional Information

Melton Express
12 August 1916, p. 3
Sapper R. J. McPherson is back from Egypt on sick leave. His home leave at present is a fortnight, after which he is to report at Headquarters. Both he and Gunner Wynne have the same complaint to make, "No letters from home since they left Australia." A letter dated 16th June, received from W. G. Hogg last Saturday, shows that he was in the firing line in France, "doing his bit."

The Bacchus Marsh Express
Saturday 18 August 1917, P 2
Melton Express
Saturday 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.

The Bacchus Marsh Express
8 September 1917, p. 2
Melton Express
8 September 1917, p. 2

The social held in the Melton Mechanics' hall on Saturday night last, to extend a welcome, home to the local men who have returned from Active Service, proved to be one of the most enjoyable functions held in the hall for some time. Accommodation was taxed to its utmost, and all entered into the spirit of welcome with that enthusiasm looked for on these occasions. A varied and plentiful supply of refreshments, kindly supplied by the ladies, tended to add to the enjoyment. The Rev. Love extended to the men present (Corporals A. Nolan and E. Keating, Privates P. Nolan, J. Minns, Geo. Ware and R. McPherson) a hearty welcome back to their native land, and also spoke in appropriate terms of the sacrifices made on behalf of their country. Rev. Father Egan spoke feelingly of the hardships of the soldier's life, and honored the men who so willingly risked their all, and also joined in their welcome home. Councillors Robinson and J.F. Minns, Messrs. J. H. Cunningham, and Standish (Rockbank) also spoke. Each of the returned men responded. At 11.45 a very enjoyable evening terminated.


Australian War Memorial
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