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 Maddison could be found in the National Archives of Australia or the AIF project or on the Australian War Memorial Embarkation Rolls.
Name on the Werribee Shire Oak Board: “MADDISON, (no Christian Name)”
Name "Maddison, - from Werribee", first appeared in the Roll of Honor, Werribee Shire Banner, 17 February 1916, p.1.
No soldier with the surname Maddison, who enlisted in the A.I.F. prior to February 1916, can be found who has a connection to the Werribee district.
It is suspected that the name "Maddison" may be associated with a person who applied to enlist in the A.I.F., but was rejected. If this is the case, then his file is not available in the National Archives of Australia.
There is a William Maddison, aged 38, from Melbourne, recorded on the National Archives of Australia site, who meets this criteria. His name is in the Series No MT1486/1, titled "Applications to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force". This series consists of records for those individuals who applied to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force, and were either rejected, discharged while still in training, or went on to serve within Australia only [usually as depot troops or camp guards]. The most common reason for rejection was on medical grounds.
There are no Maddisons buried in the Werribee Cemetery.
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