2nd Lt. Joseph Henry Avery, Seaforth Highlanders/Labour Corps

1895 Feb 14, Born Cromarty, Scotland if you believe his Australain enlistment in 1942, but there is nothing under Avery for anywhere in Scotland that could be him, There were 26 "Joseph Henry" register in that period but none in Ross & Cromary between 1894 and 1896. The RIC register gives born London. However I cannot find his birth in Bethnal Green either. His parents were married in Darlington in 1886, and are noted as having 2 children, 1 living and one dead. I suspect that he was adopted, but cannot reach a conclusion as to his name or place of birth

1901 census at 7, Green Street, Darlington

1911 census at 3 Yarn Road Darlington

Enlisted in West Yorks Regt

1915 Apr 2. Landed in France

1918 Nov 12 Commissioned in Seaforth Highlanders, and appears to have been attached to Labour Corps (they were responsible for his medals)

1921 Married in Ireland to Bridget Freeman

1920 Jul 27 Joined ADRIC Posted to B Coy in Templemore, Tipperary. His wife was at 89 Northgate, Darlington. His service no is "5"

1921 Jan 1. Promoted Section Leader

1921 Feb 12 Posted to Depot

1921 Mar 12 Posted to C Coy.

1921 Apr 2. Posted to Q Coy on Dublin North Wall

1921 May 26 On raids with Q Coy

1921 Aug 12. Re-engaged in ADRIC

1921 Jun 22 On raid with JH Gem (IO)

1921 Jul 11 to 19 Aug on Leave (the leave book shows the correction)

1921 Dec 6. Relinquishes his commission. Seaforth. Temp. 2nd Lts., and retain the rank of 2nd Lt. : J. H. Avery.

1922 Jan 6. Reserve of Officers. Seaforth.—2nd Lt. J. H. Avery to be Lt.

1922 Jan 16 Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1924 Jan/Mar . Veronica C A Avery born March Q 1924, Dover 2a 1848, mother’s surname Freeman

1927 Oct 27. Leaves UK for Australia, intending to live there. With him is Mrs Bridget Mary Avery aged 27. He is a Secretary, and they travel 3rd class

1942 Oct 5. Enlisted in Australian Army

Service Australian Army
Service Number NX166503 (N429612)
Date of Birth 14 Feb 1895
Date of Enlistment 5 Oct 1942
Locality on Enlistment ASHFIELD, NSW
Place of Enlistment SYDNEY, NSW
Date of Discharge 14 Nov 1944
Rank Lieutenant
Posting at Discharge Australian Army Pay Corps


1946 Nov 9. Seaforth. Lt. J. H. AVERY (61030) having exceeded the age limit of liability to recall, relinquishes his commn., retaining the rank of Lt.

1968 Australian Electoral Roll shows him and his wife Mary Bridget living in NSW. He is an Accountant

1976 Nov 19. Died Forbes, NSW

1977 Jul 1. Bridget Mary Avery died in Forbes, NSW

I found a photo in my aunt Dorothy Inman’s affects of JH Avery in his Seaforth Highlanders uniform. . Today as I was clearing out more of my aunt’s papers I found part of a letter from a Mrs Maud Judd, no date I’m afraid, but she attached a snippet from the top of a letterhead belonging to J H Avery & Co.Accountants and Auditors, Company Secretaries and Taxation Consultant. The telephone number is LM4512, an old Sydney telephone number pre 1960. It would seem from the letter that Joseph Henry Avery was Maud’s cousin and at the time of the letter was living at either 2 Crystal Street Petersham, NSW or 7 Northcote St Haberfield NSW. Although he moved around central NSW as an accountant after that and as you have noted died at Forbes along with his wife Bridget. I think Joseph and Bridget may have had a daughter, Veronica C A Avery born March Q 1924, Dover 2a 1848, mother’s surname Freeman. However I can find no record of her existence after that date either in UK, on the boat to Australia, or in Australia or anything about her death.