William Henry Punch (b ca 1864)

parents John Joseph Punch & Maria Wright

born ca 1864, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
died 1929, Preston, Victoria, Australia[1]

William Henry Punch grew up in Bendigo and married Mary Ball in 1884[1].  Mary was born on 13 April 1861 in Kooringa, South Australia[4].

In 1903, William and Mary lived at 44 Campbell Street, Collingwood and he was working as a Bootmaker.  During the period 1909 to 1924, William and Mary lived at 16 Southernay Street, Preston, Victoria. William continued to work as a Bootmaker and Mary occupied herself with Home Duties[5].

William died in Preston in 1929 and Mary died in 1947 in Preston, Victoria[1].

Their children were:-

1.  William George Punch was born ca 1886 in Collingwood, Victoria and died in 1948 in Sandringham, Victoria.  He married Hilda May McMillan in 1912.  Hilda was born ca 1883 and died in Black Rock, Victoria in 1947[1].

Between 1914 and 1924, Willaim and Hilda lived at 8 Stott Street, Northcote, Victoria and between 1931 and 1936 they lived at 23 Mason Street, Preston, Victoria[5].

William and Hilda had (at least) one child - Beryl[1].

William George was cremated on 7 January 1948 at the Springvale Botanic Cemetery.  His ashes were placed in Pittosporum, Individual Rose, Garden F1, Bed 14, Rose 55.  Hilda May was cremated on 25 March 1947 and her ashes are lying with William's[2].

2.  Albert Victor Punch was born in 1888 in Collingwood, Victoria and died in 1889 in Collingwood[1].

3.  Herbert Victor Punch was born in 1890 in Collingwood.   Herbert married Agnes May Kingston in 1911.  Herbert and Agnes had three children - Victor, Herbert Keith and Victor Gordon[1].  In 1914, Herbert was living at 70 Elm Street, Northcote, Victoria. 

When he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (Army) on 9 February 1916, he stated his occupation as Boot Finisher and he was living in Reed Street, Northcote.  In 1917, Agnes was still living at 70 Elm Street and in 1919 at 20 Reid Street, Northcote.  Her occupation was Home Duties[5].

Herbert died in the Great War of 1914-18 on 20 September 1917 at Polygon Wood, Belgium.  He served with the Australian 6th Battalion (Infantry), 21st Reinforcement with the rank of Private.  Herbert was buried at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium[6,7].

The Argus, 20 September 1918

The Argus, 20 October 1919

The Argus, 20 September 1923

For his war service, Herbert was awarded the 1914/18 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.  Herbert's last Will left all his property and belongings to Agnes.  After Herbert's death, Agnes remarried to Matthew John Maynes in 1920 and lived at 20 Reid Street, Northcote for a time[1,7].

4.  Elvina Mary (May) Punch was born in 1893 in Richmond, Victoria[1].  She died in 1942 in Caulfield, Victoria.  Elvina married Frederick Dugmore Norwood in 1934[1].

5.  Leslie Gordon Punch was born in 1895 in Collingwood and died in Auburn, Victoria in 1948.  Leslie married Annie Eva Anquetil in 1917[1].  On 3 February 1917, Leslie joined the Australian Imperial Force (Army) and set of for the the Great War of 1914-18, leaving Australia on 3 March 1917 as a Gunner with the 10th Field Artillery Brigade.  After seeing service at Pozieres, France, Leslie returned to Australia on 19 June 1919[8].

Between 1918 and 1921 they lived at 8 John Street, Brunswick, Victoria[5,8].  Between 1924 and 1931, Leslie lived at 14 Southernay Street, Preston next to his parents[5]

Leslie and Annie had (at least) one child - Helen Margaret[1].

In 1926, Leslie married Jean Colliston[1] and until 1936, they were living at 62 Southernay Street, Preston[5]. During those times he was working as a Clerk.  Leslie died in 1948 at Auburn, Victoria.

Annie died in 1930 in Preston, Victoria.  Annie was buried on 21 November 1930 at the Coburg Cemetery, Victoria in the Methodist Section, Compartment S, Grave 94[3].

  1. Victorian Birth, Marriage and Death registers
  2. Springvale Botanic Cemetery records
  3. Coburg Cemetery records
  4. South Australian Births, Marriages and Deaths
  5. Victorian Electoral Roll
  6. Australian War Memorial
  7. Herbert Victor Punch AIF war service record
  8. Leslie Gordon Punch AIF war service record