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EATHER Colin Charles

EATHER Colin Charles

Male 1894 - 1966

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  • Name  EATHER Colin Charles 
    Born  15 May 1894  The Exchange Hotel Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    _UID  087BDA29FADF4F0F8180F6B6A8EBAB28D059 
    Died  22 Apr 1966  Concord Repatriation Hospital, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  26 Apr 1966  Botany Cemetery, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • RC29K - Roman Catholic FM 29K - Grave 1825
    Person ID  I18823  Frater Genealogy
    Last Modified  5 Jun 2016 

    Father  EATHER Alfred McAlpin,   b. 30 Jun 1863, 'Henriendi' Namoi River, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1953, General Hospital, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  LOVELEE Theresa,   b. 1865, 'Molly' Wee Waa, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1898, Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  25 Dec 1891  Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Witnesses; Edward Thomas Lovelee and Ernest Arthur Lovelee Rev. Thomas Fox
    Family ID  F6299  Group Sheet

    Family 1  MCKEE Sarah Josephine,   b. 6 Jun 1894, Orange, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1937, Prince Of Wales Hospital, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  2 Aug 1922  St Vincent Catholic Church, Ashfield, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified  22 Jan 2013 
    Family ID  F6300  Group Sheet

    Family 2  HODGE Florence Stella Mary,   b. 1890, Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1982, Our Lady of Consolation Home, Rooty Hill, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1938  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  22 Jan 2013 
    Family ID  F6301  Group Sheet

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    Colin Charles Eather
    Colin Charles Eather
    1894 - 1966

    Birth Death Marriage
    Birth
    Birth
    15 May 1894

    Places
    Exchange Hotel Narrabri
    Exchange Hotel Narrabri
    Colin Charles Eather was born on the 15 May 1894 at the Hotel

  • Notes 
    • Colin Charles EATHER was born on 15 May 1894 in Namoi River, NSW, Australia, Birth registered Narrabri, NSW 1894 No 23144. He married Sarah Josephine MCKEE, daughter of Edward W MCKEE and Sarah HALL, on 2 October 1922 in St Vincent's, Catholic Church, Ashfield, NSW, Australia, Marriage registered Ashfield, Sydney, NSW 1922 No 14122. He married Florence Stella M J HODGE, daughter of Robert HODGE and Mary T QUIRK, in 1938 in NSW, Australia, Marriage registered Redfern, Sydney, NSW 1938 No 941. He died on 22 April 1968 at age 73. Colin Charles EATHER, the surviving son of Alfred and Theresa, had been born in the "Exchange" Hotel at Narrabri. Following the death of his mother when he was four, he was reared by relatives. His paternal grandparents were both deceased, but living at Boggabri was his paternal step-mother, Martha Mary EATHER, age 55 years, and it was she who undertook his upbringing. Years later, when he joined the Australian army, he nominated her as his next-of-kin. During his teenage years he found employment in a grocer's shop at Boggabri. By 1915, when he turned 21, the Great War was in progress. According to oral family history, his grandmother did not want him to enlist for war service. Nevertheless Colin EATHER left Boggabri and proceeded to Sydney where, on 16 October 1915, he enlisted in the Australian Army at Warwick Farm. For some unknown reason he stated that his birthplace was Angledool, NSW. He stated also that his trade was that of a grocer. With the regimental number of 9431 and the rank of gunner, he was allocated to the 5th Field Artillery Brigade. He embarked with his unit at Sydney on 18 November 1915 and sailed on the HMAT "Percic" to the Red Sea, where his Brigade disembarked at the Egyptian port of Suez on 21 December 1915. From there it proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. On 11 March 1916 he was transferred to the 20th Battery, and then on 25 March 1916 he joined the British Expeditionary Force. This took him to England, Belgium and France, where he saw action with the 4th Field Artillery Brigade; the 2nd Division Trench Mortars and the Division Ammunition Column. In later life Colin told his children of the horror of war and of spending time in mud up to his knees in the trenches in France. Colin EATHER was still overseas when the World War 1 ended in November 1918 and he returned to Australia on the ship "Runic" which arrived on 11 June 1919. At Sydney on 4 August 1919 he was discharged from the Army. At that time he was age 25 years. He measured 5 ft 8 ins (173 cm) in height, and had a dark complexion with brown hair and blue eyes. He had served for 4 years and 20 days, and of this 3 years and 209 days had been spent overseas. His intended place of residence was Boggabri. Following his discharge Colin returned to Boggabri, but for some mysterious reason he did not stay there. Rumour has it that he was not welcomed and he found that any inheritance that he thought was there had been given to others. Whatever the reason, after his initial return he left Boggabri never to return. Sarah Josephine McKEE, a young lady the same age as Colin, had known him before he went to the war and they corresponded while he was overseas. Their friendship continued after his return, but it wasn't until 2 August 1922, when they were both 28, that they married. Colin EATHER was residing at 7 A'Beckett Avenue in the Sydney suburb of Ashfield when he married Sarah Josephine on 2 October 1922. Sarah was a spinster age 28 years, and had been born at Orange, the daughter of Edward McKEE, a station manager, and Sarah HALL. The wedding was held in St Vincent's Church at Ashfield by the rites of the Roman Catholic Church. The Reverend Paul CULLEN officiated. Sarah, or Sadie as she was called by her family, was a talented pianist and singer and the love of Col's life. For her part she confided to her sister Florence that she wished that she had married him years before as he was such a good man. Three children, Betty Gabriel, 26 January 1924; Marcia Helen, 30 March 1929; and Colin Malcolm, 1 January 1935, were born of this happy union. Col named his son Colin Malcolm after himself and his father. Not ever having known his father Alfred, he thought his second forename was Malcolm rather than McAlpin. The family lived at 92 Boyce Road, Maroubra in a large home owned by Sadie's mother, Sarah McKEE, who lived with them. In 1935 Colin was a traveller. Unfortunately Colin and Sadie did not have long together as she became a victim of tuberculosis and died in the Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick on 10 June 1937. Widowed at the age of 40 with three children, Colin later married Florence Stella HODGE. In later life he became a diabetic and died suddenly on 22 April 1966. Florence survived him and died on 26 January 1982 at Our Lady of Consolation Home at Rooty Hill.