Eric Whettam

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First name: Eric

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Last name: Whettam

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Eric Whettam, station hand of Lewisham, N.S.W., enlisted Jan. 1915 as a trooper with 6th Light Horse Regiment, Australian Imperial Forces. He served in Egypt with the 1st Composite Cavalry Regiment, Western Frontier Force, Nov. 1915-Jan. 1916, with 15th Australian Field Artillery, 5th Division in France June 1916-Mar. 1917 and with 6th Australian Field Artillery Brigade in Flanders, Mar.-Oct. 1917. He was invalided in Oct. 1917 and returned to Australia in June 1918

Street signs, the corner of Frederick St and Dodson Av
Trove solves a family mystery

All the WW1 records for my great grand uncle showed he lived in Hanover St, Lidcombe. However, this street no longer exists. Searching in Trove I discovered the street had been renamed to honour another soldier, Private Frederick Doodson who was killed on Anzac Day landing at the Dardanelles. The digitised newspapers helped me to unravel a mystery in the family history. Trove supplied the missing piece to the puzzle and also the reason why the street name was changed, and the wonderful recognition for the local soldier who died.
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