080 – Alexander George Galvin

Harry Rumley
Clarence George Lanham
Roland Edward Reade Ellis
Alexander George Galvin

Harry Rumley was the oldest of this group at 40 years. He was married . A farmer and had two children when he enlisted on 1 October 1918.  Harry was originally from England and stated that he had  eight years military experience serving with the Woolwich Corps 3rd Foot Buffs, London 4th Hussars Cavalry of the Line and Queens Own Hussars. He had seen service in India and South Africa before coming to Australia in 1907. Harry was discharged on 31 December 1918.

Clarence George Lanham hailed from Launceston where he worked as a carter. On enlistment he was 20 years of age and single. He enlisted on 25 July 1918 and was discharged on 31 December 1918.

Roland Edward Reade Ellis also came from Launceston. He stated that he was a 19 year old single warehouseman living with his parents on Frederick Street, Launceston. Roland also had previous military experience stating that he had spent five years in the Naval Forces (Reserve) . In 1926 he enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy serving for 5 years on the Marguerite, Canberra and at Cerberus.

Alexander George Galvin also came from Launceston and happened to enlist on the same day as Harry Rumley. He stated that he was a 19 year old assistant chemist living at Invermay. He has spent four years in the cadets rising to the rank of sergeant and had one year with the militia.  About the timing of the signing of the Armistice, Private Galvin contracted typhoid fever and was admitted to the No. 9 Hospital. Whilst initially discharged on 31 December whilst still in hospital this was later cancelled and he was finally discharged on 18 February 1919.