[As it is difficult in some cases to obtain a record of the services of Australian sol- diers who have been killed or wounded in action, we shall be glad to publish short personal notes on the careers of such offi- cers or men, provided that the paragraphs are duly authenticated by a relative.]
CAPTAIN F. M. HOOKE.
Captain Frank Morton Hooke, whose death from wounds is reported, was
a son of Mr. V. W. Hooke, of Brighton, who is in the firm of Messrs. Groves, McVitty, and Co. He was 26 years of age, and was a single man. As senior captain of the 6th Battalion he was one of the most popular officers in the force. Colonel Semmens, under whom Captain Hooke served, stated the other day that he was deeply grieved to hear of his death. When Colonel Semmens was given his com- mand he telegraphed to Captain Hooke at Bendigo asking him if he would take charge
of a company. Captain Hooke was in Mel- bourne next day. "Besides being person- ally popular," said Colonel Semmens,
"Captain Hooke was one of the most effi- cient officers of his rank at the front. He held
certificates for almost every department of military work-signalling, engineering,
musketry, topography, field sketching, and light horse work." Captain Hooke was educated at the Brighton Grammar School, and began his military career in 1908, at the age of 19 years, as a second lieutenant in the 6th Australian Infantry Regiment. He reached the rank of lieutenant in the
same corps two years later, and was made a captain in March, 1912. In the following July he transferred to the 63rd Infantry Regiment, and was seconded from that corps for temporary duty as an area officer at Bendigo in 1913. He held that appoint- ment at the outbreak of the war.
A pathetic circumstance connected with Captain Hooke's death was that two days after he had been notified of his son's death Mr. Hooke received letters from brother officers holding out even hope of Captain Hooke's early return to Australia. One of these letters was from Lieutenant Spargo, who was also wounded, and read as follows:- "Frank was hit by a dum-dum
bullet in the shoulder and fragments entered his side, doing little damage. The wound in the shoulder was more serious, so much so that the arm had to be ampu- tated at the shoulder. I fully expect that in a few weeks he will be sent to England, and then home to Australia. Most of our officers have been wounded and half of our men, and many, unfortunately, are
SERGEANT T. A. SPRITCH.
Sergeant Thomas Arthur Spritch (killed
in action at the Dardanelles) was born at The Semaphore, Adelaide, and was 36 years of age. With the exception of Mrs. M. Crow (sister), of Commercial Bank, Wood- end, Victoria, his relatives reside in South
SERGEANT H. D. HOGBEN.
Sergeant Harold D. Hogben (killed in ac- tion) was 23 years of age, and was born in Goornong, where his father, Mr. William Hogben, of Bayne street, Bendigo, formerly resided. Sergeant Hogben, who was a first cousin to the mayor of Bendigo (Councillor
W. Wilkie) was employed by the Bendigo
City Council until about three years, ago, when he joined the Melbourne police force.
CORPORAL J. D. GROSE.
Corporal Joseph Donald Grose (killed) was 24 years of age, and was the son of Mrs. Grose, of Soldier's Hill, Ballarat, his father having died while he was on his way to Egypt. He was born at Gordon, and was employed as a fitter at Munro's agri-
cultural machinery works.
LANCE-CORPORAL H. R. BAKER.
Lance Corporal H. R. Baker (died of wounds) was the son of Mr. J. O. R. Baker, of Hay, England. He enlisted from Numur- kah, where he was employed by Mr. A. MacPherson. Whilst in Egypt he was offered a commission in the Indian army, but refused, as it meant returning there. PRIVATE A. PAULIG.
Private A. Paulig (killed) was the son of Mr. H. Paulig, of Curtis street, Ballarat East. He was shot on June 2, and had his 21st birthday a few days previously. He had declined a commission in India. His brother also was killed in Gallipoli.
PRIVATE J. McDONALD.
Private John McDonald (killed) lived with his mother at Mount Pleasant, Ballarat.
He was born at Mount Blowhard, and was 28 years of age. He was engaged at farm
PRIVATE A. H. McCOY (New Zealand.)
Private A. H. McCoy, of Canterbury (N.Z.) Battalion (died of wounds), was the son of the late G. H. McCoy, LL.B., and grandson of the late Professor Sir Frederick McCoy, Melbourne University. He went to sea at an early age, and gained a cap- tain's certificate some years ago. He was visiting his people on holiday leave when
he enlisted. F. H. McCoy, of Melbourne,
is his brother.
PRIVATE G. R. HUGHES.
Private Griffith R. Hughes (died of
wounds) was the oldest son of Mr. Griffith Hughes, engine-driver, Ararat. Prior to enlisting he was a painter and decorator at Williamstown, from which place he enlisted. He was 21 years of age.
PRIVATE R. A. ADAIR.
Private R. A. Adair (died of wounds) was 22 years of age, and was the son of Mr. J. Adair, formerly of Ballarat. He enlisted
in New South Wales.
PRIVATE H. HIRD.
Private Harry Hird, who left with the 7th Battalion, 1st Australian Expeditionary
Force, died of wounds. He was 17 years of age when he enlisted, and a pupil of the Kyneton High School. His only close rela- tive is a young sister residing at Kyne-
PRIVATE R. J. OLIVER
Private R. J. Oliver (killed in action) was
the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver,
Clunes, and late of Rutherglen and Won- thaggi. He was in the employ of Messrs. Beard Bros., Wonthaggi. He was 18 years
PRIVATE E. ILETT.
Private E. Ilett was a native of Warrion,
and was well known in the district. He was
19 years of age, and was the son of Mrs. F.
Ilett, a widow.
PRIVATE A. H. AYRES.
Private Arthur Henry Ayres (killed in
action) was the third son of Mr. Charles Ayres, formerly of Terang, but now of Otago, New Zealand. He was a native of Terang and was 27 years of age. A brother is Mr. John T. Ayres, of Terang. He was a married man, and his widow is a daughter of Mrs. McRae, an old resident of Warrack-
PRIVATE H. C. COLLINS.
Private H. C. ("Charlie") Collins (killed in action) resided with friends at Fairfield, and was employed as a draper at Tread- way's prior to enlisting. He was about 23 years of age, and his parents reside in Eng- land. A brother is with the British forces
PRIVATE W. B. FLETCHER.
Private W. B. Fletcher was in the 14th Battalion. He leaves a wife and five young children, now residing at Traralgon. He and his wife came from Edinburgh, Scotland, 4½ years ago. They lived in Berwick before coming to reside in Traralgon. He was 35 years of age.
PRIVATE A. McCALLUM.
Private Austin McCallum (killed) was the son of Mr. J. McCallum, boot merchant, of Ballarat East. He was aged 22, and en- listed at Sydenham, having previously been engaged in the iron working trade. He has a brother at the front. His cousin, Private S. Smith, was reported killed a week ago.
CORPORAL A. M. PEARCE.
Corporal Arthur M. Pearce (killed) was the son of Mr. Pearce, a State school teacher at Bendigo. At the outbreak of
the war he was a clerk in the Australian Mutual Provident Society. He was a noted footballer, having played with the Melbourne team for ten years. He was the "full back" of the team and his dashes from goal were always features of the Mel- bourne play. He was a bona-fide amateur, never even accepting his expenses. "Joe"
Pearce, as he was known to all interested in football, was one of the most popular players, and before he left Victoria the Melbourne team and supporters entertained him. In replying to the toast of his health, he said: "I have thought this thing over, and have considered it every way. I
am young, strong, healthy, athletic, and I think I ought to go, and if I don't come back, well, it won't much matter." In
addition to being an interstate footballer he was a good cricketer, playing sub-district cricket with the Coburg team, and was good at lawn tennis and lacrosse. As a mark of respect to his memory the Melbourne team wore crape arm-bands on Saturday.
Private E. B. Danaher (killed in action) was a son of Mr. D. Danaher, of 30 Shields street, Flemington. He belonged to the 58th Essendon Rifles, under Lieut.-
Colonel Elliott, and was one of the first to enlist. He was educated at the Boundary road State school, and was a member of the A.N.A., Flemington branch.
He was in the employ of Messrs. Armstrong and Allen, tinsmiths, Rankin road, Ken- sington. He was a nephew of Mr. Rod Danaher, of the Western Family Hotel, Swanston street, city.
CORPORAL W. H. BARKLEY. (N.Z.).
Corporal W. H. Barkley (wounded) is 23 years of age, and is a native of Ensay, Gippsland, and has lived for the past three years in Duntroon, New Zealand, where he was in the Light Horse. His mother resides in Bairnsdale.
PRIVATE J. HARDINGHAM.
Private Hardingham (wounded) was a resident of Broken Hill, New South Wales. In 1913 he came to Melbourne to study theology, with a view to taking holy orders in the Church of England He was a student in St. John's College, East St. Kilda, and was known in the Fern Tree Gully
district where he acted in the capacity of lay