Reginald Percy BARTRAM
on 25 August 1916 at Royal Park.
service # 6955
8th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
As a boy, Reginald attended St James Grammar School in Melbourne and his occupation at the time of enlistment was that of a compositor.
a little about Lucy.....
Lucy was born in December 1881 in Worcestershire, England, her parents being Ellen WYATT and William Blockley BOUGHTON, a surgeon. She married Reginald BARTRAM in 1905 when she was 23 years of age and bore him three sons:
Ernest in 1906, Reginald in 1908 and then William in 1910.
Now at this point I am unsure of why Lucy was admitted to the Mont Park Asylum in 1910 or maybe soon after the birth of William. Perhaps she suffered from Post Natal Depression?
We do know that she (Lucy) was at Mont Park for at least 7 years and there is a query as to where she died in 1964 at Ararat. Was she a patient of the Ararat Asylum too?
We also know that Reginald Bartram placed two of his sons in the Melbourne Orphan Asylum prior to his departure for overseas duty. The youngest child - William - died in 1925 and is buried at the Old Cheltenham Cemetery. I am still doing research on the two older boys, Ernest and Reginald.
above letter from the AIF to Lucy (wife of Reginald) states the effects of Reginalds being disc, belt, photo case, letters, note book, cards,book of views, badges, testament were dispatched per the Barunga on 20th Jun 1918 in case number 1106.
But sadly, especially for his sons - on 15 Jul 1918 - the Barunga was hit by a torpedo from a German submarine 150 miles south west of the Scilly Isles and Reginalds personal effects were 'lost at sea'.
The Barunga was on its way to Australia with 800 sick and wounded on board and was torpedoed at 4.30 pm on 15 July 1918.
Destroyers which had been some miles away were quickly on the scene to pick up survivors and returned them to Plymouth. All hands were saved before Barunga subsequently sank.
SS Barunga was formerly the German-Australian liner Sumatra of Hamburg, captured at Sydney, NSW, at the outbreak of war. She was requisitioned by the Australian Government and during the period 1915 -1918 was used to transport troops and or produce in various areas.
The very day Reginald was killed, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Australian Divisions captured Broodseinde Ridge on 4 October 1917.
with further research have located some information on the two surviving sons of Reginald Percy BARTRAM.
In the Electoral Rolls of 1937, I located one Ernest George BARTRAM as residing at 64 Union St, Prahran. But this is NOT CONFIRMED as being the same person.
In the Electoral Rolls of 1980, I located one Ernest George BARTRAM as residing at 17 Langston St, Bendigo. But this is NOT CONFIRMED as being the same person.
no further information on Ernest George BARTRAM has come to hand.
Reginald Arthur BARTRAM was born in Brunswick in 1908. I have not had much success in locating any information on him, but on checking the Electoral Rolls of 1937 I see a person by the name of Reginald Arthur BARTRAM residing on his own at 6 Alison Rd, Caulfield West. Then In 1980 a person by this name is residing alone at 8 Laburnum St, Blackburn.
So went back to the 1949 Electoral Roll and see a Reginald Arthur BARTRAM residing with a person by the name of Marcelle Louise BARTRAM. I checked on this person and note that she was born in Malvern on 26 Aug 1909 and died at Blackburn on 26th April 1974.
There is NO CONFIRMATION that the Reginald Arthur BARTRAM is the same as the one I am looking for. Admittedly the name BARTRAM is not common, and I doubt there would be anyone else by this name in Victoria, Australia.