No.4532 Herbert Roy Lyndon
Herbert was born in 1893 at Caulfield Victoria to Herbert Augustus Lyndon and Annie Knighton.
He enlisted on 2 August 1915 at Melbourne with his unit being the 7th Battalion, 14th Reinforcements. His father Herbert Augustus Lyndon was his next of kin and he lived at Serviceton Victoria. His occupation was a railway clerk with the Victorian Railways.
He did his training at Broadmeadows 16th Depot Battalion where he obtained the rank of Acting Corporal on 9 December 1915.
His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles and disembarked at Suez Canal on 28 January 1916.
He was taken on strength from 57th Battalion on the 1 April 1916 and promoted to Corporal on 4 April 1916.
From there he embarked to join the British Expeditionary Force (B.E.F.) on HT Transylvania Alexandria on 17 June 1916, disembarking at Marseilles on 23 June 1916.
Herbert was appointed Lance Sergeant in France on 23 August 1916 and again promoted Sergeant on 27 July 1918.
He returned to Australia on 15 May 1919 on board the RMS Orontes, arriving in Melbourne on 28 June 1919, and was discharged on 22 August 1919.
When his son enlisted in the Army the family lived at Serviceton, but in 1916/17, Herbert Senior, moved the family to Werribee so that he could take on the position as the Werribee Station Master. Herbert Junior's name was added to the Roll of Honour because his father took on the role as Werribee Station Master.
Medals and Entitlements:
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal
He married Doris Elizabeth Rogers in 1920. Census records have Herbert and Doris living in Caulfield East from 1927-65. The house number was the same 9 Ormond Road, Caulfield, but the electoral district name changed several times.
Herbert passed away in 1965 in Melbourne, Victoria. His wife, Doris, passed away in 1980.
"Lyndon, H. R., Werribee" first appeared in the Roll of Honor, Werribee Shire Banner, 13 February 1919, p.3 after the paper had reformatted the names. Previous to that issue they were split into shires (Werribee, Metropolitan Farm, Balliang East, Laverton, Little River, Mount Cotterill, Newport, Truganina, Tarneit, Exford and West Footscray).
Initially no link with Werribee could be found concerning Herbert Roy Lyndon. His father lived at Serviceton and worked on the Railway station there. Serviceton is nearly on the South Australian border and is 400 plus kilometres from Werribee. On further investigation it was found that Herbert Lyndon, Senior was the station master at Werribee
Werribee Shire Banner, 2 January 1919, p.2.
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