Oscar Matthies

Matthies-Oscar-copyName   Oscar Matthies

Number    Trooper 903

Battalion      8th Light horse  

Place of Birth   Ruby 

Next of Kin   His Mother, Mrs. Mary Ann Collis of Leongatha

Date and place of enlistment   Leongatha 8/12/1914

Physical details on enlistment   Age 24 years 2 months, 5’4 ½ ”, 10 stone 7 pounds, grey eyes and light brown hair

Religion   Methodist

Occupation   Farm labourer

Date and place of death

He was missing in action at the attack on the Nek on 7/8/1915 and was declared to have been killed in action at a court of enquiry held on 30/8/1915.

Location of grave or memorial

He is remembered on the Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli Turkey

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He and his family lived in the Shire and his relations still do

Military History

  • 8/12/14 Enlisted in Leongatha
  • 7/5/15 He embarked Melbourne on the HMTS Palermo
  • 5/8/15 He went from reinforcement to regiment in
  • 7/8/15 He went to Gallipoli on or about that date
  • 30/8/15 He was confirmed dead on that date
  • 17/8/21 Mrs. Collis received her scroll and King’s message
  • Mrs. Collis wrote to the army in the 1920 to say that Oscar’s father was dead and she was remarried and she was entitled to his war medals this was in 1920
  • There is an answer to a letter from Miss Matthies about Oscar being dead. She heard he was in hospital in Heliopolis
  • 4/12/15 There is another letter from Mrs. P J Nicholas of Poowong
  • Mrs. Nicholas had received information from Anzac stating that Oscar was in hospital
  • 21/9/15 E J Matthies, Oscar’s brother, of Garvie’s PO via Leongatha asked for a certificate of death
  • 6/5/67 Mrs. Mary Gillespie (nee Matthies) of Surrey Hills asked for Oscar’s Anzac medal
  • Mrs. Collis received medals, plaque and scroll

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