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Ambrose Pavey (1893-1977)


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Ambrose Pavey (1893-1977)





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World War One Veterans Item Type Metadata


Ambrose Pavey

Birth Date


Service Number

20589 and 653

Enlistment Date

Next of Kin

Mary Pavey,
Somerville Road,
West Footscray, Victoria

Address at time of Enlistment

Somerville Road,
West Footscray, Victoria


Marital Status


Death Date

Place of Burial

Altona Memorial Park

Biographical Text

No.20589  Private Ambrose Pavey
Ambrose Pavey's parents were Edward (or Edmund) George Pavey (1849-1908) and Mary Lee (1852-1944). They had married in Victoria in 1871 (Certificate 178/1871), and had the following children:

  • Mary Jane Pavey - born 1871 at Wyndham
  • Ann Pavey - born 1874 at Wyndham
  • John Hooper Pavey - born 1875 at Wyndham
  • Thomas George Pavey - born 1878 at Wyndham
  • Ellen Annie Pavey - born 1880 at Wyndham
  • Edith Emma Pavey - born 1882 at Wyndham
  • Lilian May Pavey - born 1885 at Werribee
  • William Edward Pavey - born 1888 at Werribee
  • Ambrose Pavey- born 1893 at Tarneit

Edward George Pavey (Ambrose’s father) was still living at Tarneit, when he died in 1908.
Death notice - The Age, 2 October 1908, p.10.
Funeral notice - The Age, 2 October 1908, p.10.

The remaining family then appears to have moved to West Footscray.

Pre War
Before enlisting in the A.I.F.,  Ambrose Pavey worked as a Quarryman.

War Service
At the age of 22 years and 4 months, Ambrose Pavey enlisted in the A.I.F. at Melbourne on 12 February 1916.

After initial training he was appointed to the 39th Battalion at Ballarat, and he remained with them from 6 March 1916 until 6 May 1916.  After joining the 39 Battalion, his service number was changed to No.653.

After enlisting, he appears to have developed a severe medical condition, and after being treated at the No.5. Australian General Hospital (No.5 A.G.H.) Private Pavey was discharged from the A.I.F. on 20 March 1917.  He had been diagnosed as being medically unfit, suffering from Supperative Arthritis, and as being 100% incapacitated.

Post War
Ambrose Pavey was granted a pension of £3 per fortnight on discharge, and that was reduced to £2 per fortnight after 8 November 1917.

1921 - Ambrose Pavey married Winifred Travers in Victoria.
Digger Marriage Index, Victoria No.11526/1921

1924 - Ambrose Pavey was a Labourer living at Chirnside Street, North Footscray. At the same address was Winifred Pavey, home duties.

Pavey Brothers were doing road contract work in the Werribee area in 1928.
Werribee Shire Banner, 19 July 1928, p.1.

1931 - Ambrose Pavey was a Labourer living at 287 Somerville Road, North Footscray. At the same address was Winifred Pavey (home duties)

Pavey Brothers (including Ambrose Pavey) are recorded as operating a contracting business in the Newport area in 1944.
Williamstown Chronicle, 20 October 1944, p.1.

1954 - Ambrose Pavey was a Foreman living at Mason Street, Newport. At the same address was Winifred Pavey, home duties.

1977 - Ambrose Pavey was a Foreman living alone at 163 Mason Street, Newport.

1977 - Ambrose Pavey died at Williamstown, Victoria.

Name on the Werribee Shire Oak Board: "PAVEY, A."

The name "Pavey, A. from West Footscray, first appeared in the Roll of Honor, Werribee Shire Banner, 13 February 1919, p.3.

Medals and Entitlements:

  • None recorded


“Ambrose Pavey (1893-1977),” Wyndham History, accessed September 22, 2023, http://www.wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/2498.


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