Saturday, December 3, 2016

Roy Joseph Bartlett

Serial Number and Rank:  1874 Private (Roy Bartlett)
Birth:  2 Feb 1899 Milton 1899/13618 as Joseph Roy Bartlett
Parents : Joseph Bartlett & Jane Montgomery
Enlisted  Kiama 10 May 1916
Next of Kin  F. Joseph Bartlett (Butcher of East Milton)
Service: 45th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement. RTA September 1919
Honour Rolls:  Milton Church of England
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Occupation on enlistment Farmer, 1937 living at Milton. 1959 transport worker living at Birchgrove Sydney
Brothers: Alfred Bartlett and William Bartlett also servers in WW1

Joseph and Elizabeth’s second youngest son Roy Bartlett travelled to Bathurst to enlist in February 1916. Roy was born February 1899 at Milton. “He was only 17 years old” and yes he lied on his enlistment papers giving an age of 21 years.

Roy served in the 45th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement and later transferred to the 4th division Salvage Company, serving in France from December 1917. He returned home to Milton in June 1919. He was a lodger at the Nelligen Steam Packet Hotel when it was totally destroyed by fire in July 1924 and Roy lost everything Including his discharge papers and medals. In 1937 Roy requested his war medal to be replaced, however it was not until 1952 that the replacement medals were issued.

Roy worked as a butcher with his father at East Milton, and also delivered meat to outside customers.  In 1936 he was injured in a motor accident that crashed over Stoney Hill Milton, the vehicle fell over a cliff and dropped about 20 metres, clambered up the hill side to secure assistance. Sadly his father Joseph died in this accident. Roy later moved to Sydney.

All three Bartlett brothers received the British War medal and Victory medal, and all served as Privates in WW1. Their names appear on four of our community WW1 memorials.
Milton Church of England
Croobyar Public School
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial

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