197 Percy Henry Macauley
Percy’s grandparents John and Helena Macauley originally immigrated to Australia from Ireland in 1841 and settled in Collector a small village near Goulburn in New South Wales.
With their five sons and two daughters they later moved to Goulburn and were engaged in dairy farming.
Percy was born in Goulburn in 1893. His father was James and his mother Mary Jane Walsh who also enlarged the Macauley clan.
Percy was the youngest in the family , and he had two sisters Ethel M and Eleanor J, and four brothers Reginald Cecil, Walter James, William A, and Stanley Edward.
Percy was 21 years old when he enlisted, a horse driver , had been schooled locally and was a cadet for 2 years. He was placed as a driver and remained in Egypt up to the 1st August 1915 and was then transferred to Abbassia Dermatological Hospital in Cairo with venereal disease. He would return to Australia, invalided back on the troopship ‘Wiltshire’. V.D clearly noted on his war record.
Percy must have been good friends with fellow original driver 195 Victor Morris.
Victor was also from Goulburn, the same age as Percy , a horse driver like Percy and they enlisted on the same day possibly side by side as their regimental numbers would indicate.
It is quite likely they partied together in Cairo and both even contacted VD together as Victor returned to Australia with Percy on the Wiltshire.
A few weeks before arriving Percy’s sister Eleanor had forwarded a letter expressing her concern for the youngest member of the family , she was only advised that he was invalided back home and had no further knowledge of his condition.
He returned on the 19th November 1915 and like many others on the troopship ‘Wiltshire’ the truth of many of the invalided was kept a secret from the public. Family and nok were notified and informed that soldiers were recovering from fever, officially described as “Sick Slight” – they remained at the military camp in Langwarren Victoria.
A few months later and fully recovered from VD, Percy with his mate and fellow original 195 Victor Morris embarked on the HMAT Aeneas on the 30th September 1916 arriving in Plymouth England on the 19th November 1916 as part of the field engineer reinforcements.
Percy spent three months in England and then embarked for France and joined the 15th Field Co. Engineers as a Sapper on the western front. Percy remained with the company in France until March 1918 when he managed to contact venereal disease once again and was transferred to Hospital in Egypt. Within 6 weeks he had recovered returned to the field in France, was promoted to lance corporal and remained in France until the end of the war.
After the war Percy returned home on board the ‘Tras os Montes’ on the 25th May 1919
Percy married Charlotte Annie Heazlett on the 12th April 1922, his brother Stanley was best man…..Braidwood Dispatch and Mining Journal 28th April 1922
It appears that Percy and Charlotte had children, ancestry records reveals possibly a daughter, and a son Eric Heazlett Macauley , who was born in 1926 at the family home in Lakemba.
Good news followed when in March 1950 , they won fourth prize in the Sydney lottery no 2062
Charlotte died in 1969 and Percy continued living alone in Lakemba. He lived in the same home for more than 40 years.
Percy died in June 1974, he was 81 years of age.
AWM , NLA, NAA, Ancestry.com