65 Edward MAKINSON
65 Edward ‘Ted’ Makinson was 27 years old, a civil engineer and a native of Lancashire England. Edward came from a large farming family with thirteen siblings, his father John Walker Makinson and his mother Margaret nee- Bownass .
When Ted enlisted and settled into camp at Moore Park he became mates with George Chisholm a Scotsman, and spent the first night under canvas with fellow sappers, Hudson, Oliver, Page, Cook, Mansfield, Walke and Drane. George Chisholm and Ted would remain long time friends.
At Gallipoli he was wounded on the 15th May 1915 and transferred back to base at Alexandria. He rejoined the unit at Gallipoli on the 12th June and was promoted to Lance corporal in July. He had enteric in August and convalesced in Mudros , then returned to Anzac in September and again promoted to 2nd Corporal and then remained at Anzac up to the evacuation.
Within a space of 5 months, Edward was wounded , sick with enteric, promoted twice and made two more journeys back to Gallipoli.
Edward was clearly a valuable member of the unit , and was not one to back away and leave his unit which was quickly diminishing in number with sickness taking out more than were being wounded or killed in action.
After Gallipoli Ted embarked for France and the western front with the 1st FCE but was later detached to cadet school in France 29.1.1917, gained his commission and while in the field was transferred to 1st Infantry Battalion as 2nd lieutenant 28.5.1917.
Suffering with deafness in July, he had a short spell in hospital and returned to Polygon Wood and was later wounded in action on 16th Sept 1917, a gunshot wound to the leg which was considered severe. He was transferred back to England on 5th October 1917.
Ted although ‘recovering favourably’ as was noted by his medical, was eventually “struck off strength” and invalided back to Australia.
Perhaps continuing to feel duty bound after a short break in Australia he re-enlisted in September 1918 and was now a Lieutenant with the 27th Reinforcements. Fortunately while on board the troopship HMAT ‘Medic’ the great war had ended, the armistice signed, and the ship returned to Australia on the 12th Dec 1918.
In 1922 Ted married Mildred Constance Margaret Parish at Chatswood, and it is not known if they had any children.
Despite suffering greatly from his war injuries, Ted was a staff engineer with the Metropolitan Water and Sewage Board and had a great interest in sport shooting, ‘riflemen’ as they were known and he travelled extensively for national competitions. His popularity among his sporting peers was noted in a tribute paid to him in the sportsman’s newspaper “The Referee” after his death in March 1937.
The full circumstances of Ted’s death in 1937 will never be known. Ted perhaps was a “Shattered Anzac” no doubt suffering from his injuries and the haunting memories of war after all the battles he had seen and fought as an ANZAC.
The Queensland newspapers reported Ted missing and it was presumed he fell overboard from a launch and drowned while holidaying with his wife and friends near Hayman Island Queensland. The search for Ted continued for six days and it was reported his body was eventually recovered. It was also initially reported he and Mildred were honeymooning, but this was incorrect.
The following was published in the Queensland ‘Daily Mercury’ on the 17th March 1937.
Story copyright©Vance Kelly2015
Sources: AWM, NAA,NLA, State Archives NSW, Thomas Drane Diary, Ancestry.com
It is hopeful that Ted and Mildred had children, but a basic search has revealed nothing.