232 James Henry Hague
232 James ‘Jim’ Henry Hague was born in Taralga near Goulburn New South Wales in 1891. His father Henry a school teacher was born in Yorkshire, England. His mother Marion Parker Gray was a native of Scotland but travelled to Australia from England. Marion’s father was Reverend James Gray who was a Presbyterian minister , later ministering in Lismore and Ballina, New South Wales.
James was the eldest sibling with brothers Albert ‘Bert’ George b. 1892, William G 1895, who died as an infant, Stanley Arthur b.1902, Douglas Wainwright b. 1904, and his sisters, Marion G b. 1898 and Jessie G b. 1900.
In January 1912 James was appointed as a cadet draftsman with the Department of Public Works NSW and was employed up to his enlistment in 1914.
“NOTES FROM GALLIPOLI”
Jim was at Gallipoli from landing day on the 25th April up to the 5th May when he was struck down with Dysentery and was transferred to the Australian General Hospital N0.2 formerly the Chezireh Palace Hotel in Cairo. While Jim was in hospital he wrote a letter to his father and described some interesting episodes of trench life at Gallipoli, the great work of the Navy and the Red Cross and how well he was treated while in hospital.
In March 1916 James embarked to Marseilles with the 1st Field Coy. and was on leave in Paris for two weeks, a month before hitting the battle front at Pozieres. He was promoted to Corporal while in France in July 1916. Jim managed to survive the battle of Pozieres and continued the hard work performed by all the Engineers up to September the following year.
In September 1917 Jim was transferred to the Engineers training depot in Brightlingsea England where he attended cadet school.
The Australian Engineers Training Depot (AETD) was established in Brightlingsea, Essex England in 1916 and during the second half of World War I, thousands of Australian’s and many of the New Zealand troops spent time in Brightlingsea, many learning the skills of the ‘sapper’ in conditions made to mimic those on the western front.
For over 100 years Brightlingsea has maintained this connection to the ANZAC’S and particularly its interest in the Engineering Corp.
2016 is the year that the Brightlingsea Museum has organised a centenary remembrance of the ANZAC and particularly its interest in the Engineers and tracing serviceman who married while stationed in Brightlingsea and later whisked their wives off to Australia.
Many of the “originals” of the 1st Field Company Engingeers spent time at Brightlingsea AEDT.
The Museum is conducting a wonderful event “Brightlingsea ANZAC Centenary weekend 17th, 18th & 19th June 2016.”
Links to the Museum and the BBC story are below….
Meanwhile back in Australia , Jim’s brother Albert , who was married and a law Clerk with T.J Belbridge of Albury, had enlisted and was attached to the Infantry, No. 3073 with the 33rd Battalion.
In January 1918 James returned to England where he was transferred to cadet school and officer training at Kelham Hall, England, where he applied for a commission and was appointed 2nd/ Lieut and posted to the 3rd Field Engineers 1st and returned to the front in August
Within a few weeks of arriving James on the 12th September 1918 received a gunshot wound to his right elbow/arm and was invalided back to Cobham Hall England.
The war was over for James…..
In August 1918 – James mother passed away , she had been described as ailing for many years when James had embarked, her death was not unexpected, however James would have received news of his mothers passing possibly around the same time as being wounded.
James recovered from his wound and returned to Australia on the SS Takada on the 11th February 1919.
At Sea. c. 1918. Australian servicemen homeward bound aboard troopship SS Takada occupy all available space watching a boxing tournament. AWM HO1715/ HO1696
James ‘Jim’ returned home to Lavington in May 1919 to a welcome home evening organized by the Lavington Soldiers Welfare Committee. These were popular fixtures for the community and always well attended by everyone including returned serviceman.
His brother Bert was wounded in the hand in France and returned as well and was also given a warm welcome home which was published in the ‘Albury Banner and Wodonga Express’ ….. the article gives an insight into these wonderful community occasions.
“a splendid gathering and the proceedings were of a most enthusiastic nature. As usual at these functions the first part of the program was devoted to musical items given by Albury friends assisted by local artists. “
Speeches followed and a medal presented . Reference was made to Bert’s success at also completing and passing his solicitor’s exam whilst serving as a soldier.
Bert responded with thanks and complimented the people of Lavington for supporting the “Diggers” and hoped that after the “glamour of victory “ had subsided that they “ would stick to the “diggers” and help them on”. At the conclusion of the formalities everyone sang “ For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”, refreshments were served and the guests table was draped with the soldiers colours.
The remainder of the evening was occupied by games and dancing.” Source : Albury Banner and Wodonga Express, Friday 12 September 1919,
In February 1918 Jim returned to his previous occupation at the Department of Public Works and was a Surveyor draftsman 2nd grade and remained on the public service list up to 1953.
It was some years after the war that Jim later married Mildred Edith Battis Henderson in 1926. They later had three children together.
Jim’s father, Henry, died in October 1941 in Albury , he was age 77 and was one of the towns best known citizens. He had been a school teacher and Headmaster at nearby Lavington for 30 years. He retired form teaching in 1921, but remained very active in public life of the village of Lavington. He was treasurer of the show society, the Albury bowling club and the UAP branch and an elder at the St. David’s Presbyterian Church.
He was so well regarded by the community for his work in advancement of the district and during his life they honoured him with the naming of the street that Lavington school is situated and also made requests to have a public reserve also named in his honour. Henry was buried at the Albury Pioneer Cemetery.
When he passed he was survived by his four sons and two daughters. His son Douglas was still residing in Albury and was a solicitor and partner in the law firm Belbridge Hake and Hague.
Hereafter little information of James, his wife Mildred and thier family has been discovered.
James Henry Hague died in Manly Hospital on the 23rd Sept 1960 from a coronary occlusion. His wife Mildred applied for his Gallipoli medal in 1967. She was still living at their home at 57A Crown Rd, Harbord NSW.
Mildred died in August 1974 age 82.
Story copyright © Vance Kelly2016
Living descendants Unknown –
Known son Paul Hague died December 2005 age 77 years
Additional family photos have been sourced but awaiting permission to add to this site. It is possible that a photo of James is also available.
Albert George Hague later served again in World War ll – NX107450
Brothers Stanley died in 1968, and Douglas Wainwright died in 1978, his sister Jessie Gray died in 1982.
Sources & Acknowledgments:
AWM, NAA, NLA, Ancestry.com, The Observer, and Albury Banner and Wodonga Express.
Ancestry source – Tamaringasmith