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House, -, Spotswood
The name "House, -. Spotswood" first appeared in the Roll of Honor, Werribee Shire Banner, 13 February 1919, p.4.
The Werribee Shire area covered a vast area in 1915-1920 and there are names on the honor board from Werribee, Tarneit, Truganina, Little River, Mount Cottrell, Metropolitan Farm, West Footscray, Melton, Williamstown, Laverton, Newport, Bacchus Marsh and Spotswood.
No soldier by the name of House could be found in the National Archives of Australia with a connection to Spotswood. This soldier may have been a relative of someone in the Werribee area.
According to the AIF Project there are only nine soldiers by the name of HOUSE in Victoria. The National archives of Australia shows 85 soldiers with the name HOUSE with only 10 of these being from Victoria.
The two closest matches are:
- No.8897 Leslie Clarence House, Williamstown
- No.1835 Richard Macedon House, North Williamstown.
They were brothers who were both killed in action. Leslie Clarence House (5th Field Artillery Brigade) was killed in action on 25 October 1917 and Gunner Richard Macedon House (10th Field Artillery Brigade) was killed in action on 21 July 1917.
It is not possible to know if one these is the soldier named on the Roll of Honor, and why only one is listed, not both.
The Australian Electoral Roll for 1916, Corio Werribee has a Roy Keith House living at "The Avenue", Spotswood and his occupation was a permanent soldier. He again is noted in the 1919 Electoral Roll in Bendigo, married to Veronica May House and his occupation is still listed as soldier. There is no record in either the AIF Project or National Archives of Australia for Roy Keith House in World War 1. He is recorded under World War 2 as R K House V362301, born 13 September 1894, in Buninyong Victoria.
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