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For King and Country . . .

2014 was the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

The following entries commemorate the supreme sacrifice of three members of the Mountain, Upton and Touzel families in World War I, and the commitment made by several other family members who fought for “King and Country” in the so-called “war to end all wars”. 

Those who died were young men who were just beginning their adult lives, encouraged to fight in a war fought in places far-away from Australia. One was married with a child born after he had sailed.



MOUNTAIN, William John, aka “Will”:

Driver, 25919, 3 Battery, Ist Australian Field Artillery Brigade.

Date of Birth: 4 April 1891, Essendon, Victoria.   

Draftsman, Single, Church of England.      

Address: Craigielea, 136 Buckley Street, Essendon, Victoria.      Next of Kin: Mountain, W J, father, Craigielea, 136 Buckley Street, Essendon, Victoria.   

Enlisted: 26 February 1916.       

Embarked: A67 Orsova, 1 August 1916.

Date of Death: 24 August 1917, age 24.

Burial: Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West Flanders near Ypres, Belgium.  

Plot 3, Row A, Grave 18.

Commemorated: Honour Board, Raleigh Street State School, Essendon, Victoria; Honour Board, Aberfeldie Bowling Club, Aberfeldie, Victoria; Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works Honour Roll, now located at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT; Essendon Town Hall Honour Board, Moonee Ponds, Victoria; Anzac Memorial Wall, Queen's Park, Moonee Ponds, Victoria.

Also on the Australian War Memorial’s Roll of Honour in the Memorial’s Commemorative Area: Artillery, 1 Brigade, Panel 11. 

See also Lenore Frost's website The Empire Called and I Answered <>

Colour Patch, 1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade

UPTON, Alfred Henry Clive, aka “Clive" or "Harry": 


 Clive Upton

Trooper, 921, 13th Australian Light Horse. 

Date of Birth: 7 April 1894, Footscray, Victoria, Australia.

Dental Assistant. Married. Church of England.

Address: 3 Stirling Street, Footscray, Victoria.

Next of Kin: Upton, Jean, wife, 3 Stirling Street, Footscray, Victoria.

Enlisted: 26 May 1915.

Embarked: HMAT A55 Kyarra, Melbourne, 20 August 1915.

Date of Death: 26 November 1915, Gallipoli, Turkey, age 21.

Burial: Ari Burnu Cemetery  (approx half mile north of Anzac Cove), Gallipoli, Canakkale, Turkey. 

Plot: Row 9, Grave 2.

Commemorated: Honour Board, former Footscray Town Hall (now Maribyrnong City Council Chambers), Footscray, Victoria.

On the Australian War Memorial’s Roll of Honour in the Memorial’s Commemorative Area:  Light Horse, 13 Regiment, Panel 9

This plaque is on the approach avenue to the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne

13th Light Horse Regiment Colour Patch


TOUZEL, Ernest Rolland, aka “Rollie":

Private, 4972, Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 46th Battalion.

Date of Birth: 17 July 1892, Cudgewa, Victoria, age 23.

Labourer, Single, Methodist.

Address: Cudgewa, Victoria.

Next of Kin: Touzel, Francis Giles, father, Cudgewa, Victoria.

Enlisted: 13 August 1915.

Embarked: HMAT A68 Anchises, 14 March 1916, Melbourne, Victoria.

Date of Death: 5 April 1917, Bapaume, Somme Sector, France.

Burial: Bapaume Australian Cemetery, France.

Plot: Row B, Grave 34.

Commemorated: War Memorial, Cudgewa, Victoria; Avenue of Honour, Main Street, Cudgewa, Victoria; Honour Roll, All Saints Church of England, Corryong Victoria; Mechanics' Institute, Main Street, Cudgewa, Victoria; Honour Roll, Cudgewa State School, Victoria (now held in the Athenaeum, Yackandandah, Victoria); War Memorial, Main Street, Corryong, Victoria.

On the Australian War Memorial’s Roll of Honour in the Memorial’s Commemorative Area: Infantry, 46 Battalion, Panel 142.

46th Battalion, A.I.F., Colour Patch

FRASER, Clarence McArthur:
UPTON, Alfred John:

Sapper, 3642, 5 Divisional  Signalling Company.

Date of Birth: 11 April 1895, Essendon Victoria, age 20.

Clerk, Single, Presbyterian.       

Address: 200 Buckley Street, Essendon, Victoria.   

Next of Kin: Fraser, Alexander, father, 100 Buckley Street, Essendon, Victoria.   Enlisted: 15 July 1915.        

Embarked: A40 Ceramic, 23 November 1915, Melbourne, Victoria.

Returned: Devanha, 23 June 1919, Melbourne, Victoria.    


Commemorated: Aberfeldie Bowling Club Honour Board, Aberfeldie, Victoria; Essendon Town Hall Honour Board, Moonee Ponds, Victoria; St John's Presbyterian Church, Essendon, Victoria.              

Private, 1754, 38 Infantry Battalion. 

Date of Birth: 1898, Williamstown, Victoria.   

Patternmaker, Single, Church of England.

Address: 12 Burton Crescent, Ascot Vale, Victoria.   

Next of Kin: Upton, Charles, father, Stirling Street, Footscray, Victoria.   

Enlisted: 13 March 1916.       

Embarked: A54 Runic, 20 June 1916, Melbourne, Victoria.

Returned to Australia 22 December 1918


Commemorated: Ascot Vale State School, Victoria (two separate Honour Boards); Honour Board, St Paul’s Anglican Church, Ascot Vale, Victoria; Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours

UPTON, Ernest William:
 FRIZZELL, Thomas Arthur:

Private, 2276, 57 Infantry Battalion.   

Date of Birth: 25 August, 1881, age 36.

Boilermaker, Widower, Church of England.

Address: 2 Waratah Street, Ascot Vale, Victoria. 

Next of Kin: Upton, Sarah, Miss, sister, 2 Waratah St, Ascot Vale, Victoria.   

Enlisted: 11 March, 1916.      

Embarked: A67 Orsova, 1 August 1916, Melbourne, Victoria. 

Returned to Australia 7 July 1919


Commemorated: Essendon Gazette Roll of Honour With the Colours.


Private, 3528, 23 Infantry Battalion; born Corryong, Victoria, to Thomas Ebenezer and Martha Catherine Edwards (née Carter), single, labourer; enlisted 8 September 1915, Victoria; embarked A19 Afric, 5 January 1916, Melbourne; killed in action 4 August 1916, Pozieres, Somme Sector, France, age 25; no known grave, commemorated on the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Brettoneux, France. Commemorated: War Memorial, Cudgewa, Victoria; Avenue of Honour, Main Street, Cudgewa, Victoria; War Memorial, Main Street, Corryong, Victoria.

Updated 11 May 2018