No.51361 Private Henry John Gladstone
[known as Henry John Gladstone]
Henry John Gladstone was born in 1883 in Hotham to Thomas George Gladstone Mahany Sr and Catherine Balfour. He had the following siblings:
- Edwin James Gladstone,
- Patience Balfour Gladstone,
- Amy Balfour Gladstone,
- Adam Balfour Gladstone, and
- Catherine Margaret Gladstone.
Henry enlisted in the Army at Melbourne, Victoria on 11 June 1917. He was aged 34 years and one month and he was five feet and five and a quarter inches tall. Henry weighed one hundred and thirty four and a half pounds and had a chest measurement of thirty two to thirty four and a half inches. His complexion was listed as dark, with blue eyes and dark brown hair. All of this was recorded at the time of his enlistment.
Henry did not enlist using his full name or use it anywhere in his military file.
Henry’s service number was 51361 and his date of embarkation was 1 May 1918. He was with the 2nd General Victorian Reinforcements and he was a Private. He wrote a will and his permanent address in Australia was Greaves Street, Werribee Victoria.
Two children are listed on his war records in the pay increment part as of 17 January 1918 but cannot be located in any other records. He notes, in his war records, that Elsie has deserted him for another man.
In the Victoria Police Gazettes 1855,1864-1924:- 4 January 1918 deserted from Broadmeadows. His warrant was withdrawn.
Henry travelled to New York and then Disembarked at Liverpool on 2 April 1918. From 3 July 1918 to 30 October 1918 where he proceeded overseas to France, he was allotted to the 22nd Battalion while at 5th Training Battalion. He was in Havre on 31 October 1918 and moved out to the unit on 2 November 1918. Henry was then taken on strength and went into the field, where he stayed there until 24 May 1919 when he was moved out and then left Havre for Southampton on 30 May 1919.
Henry went AWOL from 20 June 1919 to 21 June 1919 and forfeited six days pay. From 15 July to 15 October 1919, he was granted leave with pay only, reason was painting. He was attending E.D. Winn & Co, Ltd 32 Lowndes St, Belgrave Square S.W.1. The note in his war record on why he completed this time painting says: "During the period of Pte Gladstone's attachment to E.D. Winn & Co. he was employed at his own trade with the object of regaining his pre-war degree of skill, and at the same time becoming conversant with the latest developments. This ‘refresher’ should prove of considerable value to him on his return to Australia."
John then returned to 22nd Battalion on 15 October 1919 and was on leave from then until 19 October 1919. His records show after that:
- AWOL from 10am 19 October 1919 until 10am 21 October 1919 – he forfeits four days pay for this offence.
- AWOL from 10am 21 October 1919 to 10am 24 October 1919 – he forfeits 14 days pay for this offence.
- From that date to 3 November 1919 he reports to base on required dates but then goes AWOL from 2359 on 3 November 1919 to 1500 on 6 November 1919 – he forfeits 10 days pay for this offence.
Henry's father died in 1923 in North Melbourne and his mother died on 2 May 1935 in North Melbourne.
Electoral rolls showed the family in the following years and locations:
- 1909 Maribyrnong, North Melbourne, Catherine Mahany, Henry JG Mahany,(packer) Jane Mahany, Patience Balfour G, Mahany 47 Haines Street
- 1915 North Melbourne Mahany - Adam Gladstone Balfour, Amy Gladstone Balfour, Catherine Gladstone, Harriet Elsie (his wife) Patience Balfour Gladstone, Thomas George Gladstone. All are living at 47 Haines Street Mahany - Harriet Elsie (his wife) and Henry John Gladstone living at 165 Curzon Street, North Melbourne – he is listed as a painter
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal - 18 July 1922
- Victory Medal - 18 December 1922
AIF project http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/index.html
National Archives of Australia http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/
Births, Deaths and Marriages Index https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/indexsearch.doj Registration number 10210