Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Ernest MINNS


Born: 14 June, 1883

Birthplace: Karimba, Northern Victoria

Parents: Frederick Charles Minns
Jane Thompson

Died: 1959

Place of death: Geelong, Victoria

Burial place: Geelong East Cemetery, 234 East RC -41 807, Geelong, Victoria

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


7th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement; 37th Battalion



Regimental Service Number: 6042

Enlistment date: 15 April, 1916 Melbourne

Age at enlistment: 30 years 7 months

Address at enlistment: Exford via Melton

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Married

Next of kin: Father: Frederick Minns
Wife: Elizabeth Agnes Minns

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Weight: 135 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown
Distinctive marks: 2 x vaccination, right arm; fleshy mole shoulder blade

Embarkation ship: HMAT A32 Themistocles.

Rank: Private

Return Date: 31 October, 1917

Return Vessel: Berrima.

War Service Summary

14/04/1916 - Enlisted
15/04/1916 - At Depot; Castlemaine
28/07/1916 - Embarked for service aboard HMAT Themistocles
11/09/1916 - Disembarked Plymouth; Marched in from overseas to 2nd Training Battalion
15/09/1916 - Marched in to 7th Battalion
23/09/1916 - Transferred to 37th Battalion
22/11/1916 - Embarked Southampton for France
07/06/1917 - Wounded In Action
08/06/1917 - Admitted to 9th Field Ambulance, and 7th Canadian General Hospital; Etaples
13/06/1917 - Embarked for England from Calais aboard Stad Antwerp; Gun Shot Wound to Left forearm
16/06/1917 - Admitted to Middlesex War Hospital, Napsbury; Gun Shot Wound left arm, severe
25/09/1917 - Transferred from Napsbury War Hospital to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital
05/10/1917 - Discharged from 3rd Auxiliary Hospital to depot at Weymouth
31/10/1917 - Returned to Australia aboard A 35 Berrima
26/01/1918 - In Melton
25/02/1918 - Discharged; medically unfit
06/03/1918 - Granted a pension of 20/- per fortnight from 26/02/1918

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
1916 Married Elizabeth Agnes Arandt Reg. # 4093 at Christ Church

Place/s of residence:
1905, 1909 - Exford (Electoral Rolls)
1912,1913 - Melton (Electoral Rolls)
1924 1931 - Balliang East (Electoral Rolls)
1931 Elizabeth Agnes is residing at Exford Estate, Melton Railway
1942 - 27 Swanston St., Geelong (with Elizabeth) (Electoral Rolls)
1949 - 143 Autumn St., Geelong (Electoral Rolls)
1954 - 109 St. Albans Road, Geelong (Electoral Rolls)

1905, 1909 - Dairy farmer (Electoral Rolls)
1912,1913 - Labourer (Electoral Rolls)
1924 1931 - Farmer (Electoral Rolls)
1942 - Soldier (with Elizabeth) (Electoral Rolls)
1949 - Machine operator (Electoral Rolls)
1954 - Machinist (Electoral Rolls)

Date of death:
1959 - Geelong
Place of burial:
08/09/1959 Geelong East Cemetery, 234 East RC -41 - 807
Other relevant information:

Additional Information

Melton Express
Bacchus Marsh Express
8 April 1916, p. 2

The recruiting meeting held, in the Mechanics' Institute here on Friday evening was well attended by both sexes. The proceedings opened with God save the King. Cr. Robinson (Shire President) presided. On the platform with him were Hon. Frank Clarke, M.L.C., Private A. T. Ozanne, and Sergeant McKenzie (a returned soldier), each of whom addressed the meeting, exhorting those present in every possible manner to enlist, and take up the duties for the protection of their people and country. When a call was made for recruits, the following five young men responded - H. Sawyer, E. Minns, H. Black, and two of Mr. P. Nolan's sons, the latter making four from Mr. Nolan's family, as two others are already at the Front. A vote of thanks was accorded to Mr. and Mrs. Nolan, and acknowledged. The addresses were listened to in the orderly manner due to such occasions and each speaker was well received, and applauded, for his effort. Mr. Frank Clarke explained why he resigned from the Central Recruiting Committee, and the explanation, was well received. The proceedings were enlivened by patriotic songs from Mrs. Allen, Miss Scotson and Mr. Percy Butler, who enlisted some short time back.

Melton Express
27 May 1916 , p. 2

A large assemblage took place on Saturday night last, when our volunteers were on a visit home, although the notice was very short. Watches were presented to Privates Harold Black, Edward Carew, Ernest Minns, Percy Stubbs, William Stone (who has been to the Front, and returned ill) Henry Sawyer, George Ware, Private John Farrell (who already had a wristlet watch) was presented with an auto-strop razor and a pipe. Musical items were rendered by Mrs. J. H. Allen, Misses D. Farrell, and A. Riddell, Messrs. H. Cunningham, G. Jongebloed and Murison. Miss Ross (a visitor front Melbourne) supplied the dance music. The Committee intend presenting a wristlet watch (or its equivalent) to every volunteer from the Shire, including those who have gone away. The latter will be handed over to the relatives.

Melton Express
26 January 1918, p. 2

Privates Ernest Minns and Percy Exell, invalided to Australia, have arrived at their homes in Melton. As both have recently sustained bereavements (Private Minns in the death of his father; and Private Exell that of his brother, Trooper T. Exell, killed in Action) it has been decided to postpone the public welcome to them to a later date.

Melton Express
Saturday 20 April 1918 p 2

Despite the threatening weather on Saturday evening last, the Melton
Mechanics' hall was well filled with local and district residents, who assembled to tender a "Welcome home" to Privates Cameron, Morris, and McDonald, and at the same time to bid bon voyage and au revoir to Privates G. Burland, E. Mulrooney, and Albert Coburn. Rev. F. Stanley Love was M.C., and read apologies for unavoidable absence from Privates Percy and Joe Exell, W. Moore and E. Minns (returned men); also from Rev. Father Gleeson, Rev. Davis and Rev Williams. ….
Gratification has been expressed at the success of the deputation which waited on the Melton Shire Council urging that mementoes be presented to the returned soldiers. Each returned man will now receive a certificate signed by the President and Councillors.


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