John Thomas Fearish, 18821917 (aged 35 years)

Name
John Thomas Fearish
Given names
John Thomas
Surname
Fearish
Birth May 20, 1882 32 26
Note: His father, William FEARISH, labourer was a 33 years old and had been born in England. His mother, Bridget (nee FOGARTY) was aged 26 and she had been born in N.S.W. This birth certificate states that they had been married at Bathurt on 19th November, 1873 and the previous issue of the marriage was 1 boy and 3 girls, living. This birth was certified by the mother at Orange on 1st July, 1882 when she stated that the witness to the birth was Mrs. GARDINER.
Birth of a sisterJosephine Fearish
April 21, 1885 (aged 2 years)
Note: The father was a 35-year old labourer, born England and the mother, having been born at Wattle Flat, was aged 29. Previous issue was 2 male and 3 females. The Nurse and/or Witness to the birth was Mrs. MITCHELL whilst the mother had registered the birth on 16th June, 1885 at Orange.
Birth of a sisterAgnes Veronica Fearish
February 29, 1888 (aged 5 years)
Note: Her father, William Fearish, was a 38-year old labourer, having been born in England and her mother, Bridget was 32, her birthplace shown at Wattle Flat. Previous issue was shown as 2 males and 4 females living. Mrs. Farrell was named as the Nurse and/or Witness and the mother was the informant of the birth when registered at Sydney on 17th April, 1888.
Birth of a sisterEthel May Fearish
April 8, 1890 (aged 7 years)
Address: Foster Street
Note: Her father was shown to be 40 years old and her mother 34. The mother, of Foster Street, was the informant of the birth at Sydney on 27th May, 1890 whilst the witnesses to the birth were Mrs. SMITH and Mrs. DODD.
Death of a maternal grandmotherAnne Bracken
August 8, 1894 (aged 12 years) Age: 64
Address: Mary Street
Cause: Bronchitis 9 days
Note: Her daughter Bridget Fearish was the informant.
Burial of a maternal grandmotherAnne Bracken
August 9, 1894 (aged 12 years)
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery
Note:

A funeral notice was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Thursday 9 Aug 1894: 'The Friends of Mr. and Mrs. W. FEARISH are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of their late beloved MOTHER, Mrs. Fogarty, to move from their residence, 19 and a half Mary-street, Surry Hills THIS (Thursday) AFTERNOON, at half-past 1 o’clock, to Necropolis.'

The gravestone is inscribed:

'In affectionate memory of Ann Fogarty who died 8th August 1894, aged 64 years also, Elsie Cummings, grand daughter of the above who died 3rd February 1900, aged 3 years & 3 months Erected by E. & M. Cummings.'

In the same grave is buried Arthur David Dwyer,(his name not on headstone though) who died, 5 April 1910, aged 9 months, he being the son of Agnes Veronica (nee Fearish) and Arthur Dwyer, and therefore a great grandson to Anne.

Death of a fatherWilliam Fearish
October 1, 1903 (aged 21 years)
Cause: 'injuries accidentally received from the falling upon his head of a brick'
Note:

Death certificate states that he had been in Victoria for 15 years and in N.S.W. for 35 years. His death certificate also states that he died 'whilst being conveyed in a cab from 64 Pitt Street to the Sydney Hospital, late of 428 Bourke Street". His occupation was recorded as a bricklayer's labourer. Cause of death was recorded as 'injuries accidentally received through the falling upon him of a brick'. The verdict at the inquest held on 2 Oct 1903 per Robert H. Todd J.P., Deputy City Coroner. His widow Bridget Fearish was the informant of 428 Bourke Street and this is where his father's name is shown as John Fearish although no details noted regarding his mother. The accident was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald of Friday 2 Oct 1903:

'CASUALTIES. A LABOURER KILLED: A labourer named William Fearish, living at 428 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, was killed yesterday afternoon, whilst working in the building in course of erection at the corner of Spring and Pitt streets. At the time of the accident the man was walking to the rear of the building when the brick fell from the third floor striking him on the head. He was rendered unconscious, and was at once removed to the Sydney Hospital by some fellow workmen. On reaching there, however, Fearish was found to be dead, and his body was then taken to the morgue.'

The Sydney Morning Herald for Saturday 3 Oct 1903 contained the following death notice: 'FEARISH. - October 1, 1903, at Sydney Hospital, William Fearish, for 27 years a member of Court Little John, Ancient Order of Foresters, Orange District, aged 54 years.'

Burial of a fatherWilliam Fearish
October 3, 1903 (aged 21 years)
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery
Note:

FEARISH. – The friends of Mrs. FEARISH and FAMILY for HUSBAND and FATHER, William Fearish – to move from their residence, 428 Bourke-street, Surry Hills THIS DAY @ 1.15 p.m. for R.C. Cemetery, Rookwood. Per Charles Kinsela From Mr. & Mrs. T. DURES for their father. From Mr. & Mrs. A. REYNOLDS for their father. From Mr. & Mrs. CUMMINGS for their father.

Death of a motherBridget Mary Fogarty
April 19, 1910 (aged 27 years)
Address: Little Albion Street
Cause: Cerebral haemorrhage 3 days
Note:

Died at 46 Little Albion Street Surry Hills. Informant was her eldest daughter Jane Ann Dures, who at the time resided at 48 Liverpool Street Paddington. The death was registered on 20 Apr 1910 at Sydney. She had been born at Wattle Flat and married when aged 17 to William Fearish.

The Sydney Morning Herald for Thursday 21 Apr 1910 contained two funeral notices:

'FEARISH - The Friends of the late Mrs. BRIDGET MARY FEARISH are invited to attend her Funeral, to move from her late residence, 46 Little Albion-street, Surry Hills THIS AFTERNOON, at 1.30 o'clock for R.C. Cemetery, Rookwood. Charles Kinsela'

'FEARISH. - The Friends of Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS DURES, Mr. and Mrs. ARTHUR REYNOLDS, Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM FEARISH, junior, Mr. and Mrs. E. CUMMINGS, Mr. JOHN FEARISH, Mr. and Mrs. K. DARGAN [sic], Mr. and Mrs. ARTHUR DOYLE [sic] and Mr. and Mrs. LE COZEANS, are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of their late beloved MOTHER, Bridget M. Fearish; to move from 46 Little Albion-street, Surry Hills, THIS AFTERNOON, qt 1.30 o'clock, for Rookwood R.C. Cemetery.'

Burial of a motherBridget Mary Fogarty
April 21, 1910 (aged 27 years)
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery
Note:

The funeral cortege left her late residence, 46 Little Albion Street Surry Hills. She was buried in the Catholic Section D grave no. 641. W. H. Withers and T. Milham were the witnesses. The grave is unmarked.

'Sydney Morning Herald' Thursday, 21st April, 1910: FEARISH – The Friends of the late Mrs. BRIDGET MARY FEARISH are invited to attend her Funeral, to move from her late residence, 46 Little Albion-street, Surry Hills THIS AFTERNOON, at 1.30 o’clcok for R.C. Cemetery, Rookwood. Charles Kinsela

FEARISH. - The Friends of Mr. and Mrs. THOMAS DURES, Mr. and Mrs. ARTHUR REYNOLDS, Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM FEARISH, junior, Mr. and Mrs. E. CUMMINGS, Mr. JOHN FEARISH, Mr. and Mrs. L. DARGAN [sic – should read DARGIN], Mr. and Mrs. ARTHUR DOYLE [sic – should read DWYER] and Mr. and Mrs. LE COZEANS, are kindly invited to attend the Funeral of their late beloved MOTHER, Bridget M. Fearish; to move from 46 Little Albion-street, Surry Hills, THIS AFTERNOON, at 1.30 o’clock, for Rookwood R.C. Cemetery.

Military
World War I
November 27, 1916 (aged 34 years)

Note:

John enlisted on 27 Nov 1916 at age 34 and a half years in the 45th Battalion AIF as a Private. His occupation was a miner and he was single. His next of kin was his sister Mrs Katherine Reynolds Ann Street Surry Hills. He saw active service in France and was killed in action.

Letter written by Catherine (sister) 19 Jun 1921 29 Ann Street Surry Hills Dear Sir In answer to your note of the 30.5.1921 Re War Medal for the service of the Late 3680 Private John Thomas Fearish 45th Battalion upon enlistment my brother recorded me next of kin My brother lived with me since My Mother Death when my Brother got killed I lost the only one I loved and who loved me in the Family John and I were true friends I pray you grant me this Medal in honour of My Brother so I may Keep it in love and Memory until I die and when I die I will give it to William Fearish of Weston. Catherine A. Reynolds A.E. Phillips J.P.

Will August 1, 1917 (aged 35 years)

Note: John bequeathed all his real and personal estate to his sister Katherine Reynolds.
Death October 20, 1917 (aged 35 years)
Cause of death: Died of wounds received in action, World War I
Note:

'He was hit by a 5.9 shell at 4.p.m. 20th Oct. He had both legs badly fractured, bones projecting, arms badly broken, hit about his face and big wounds in his groins. He was unconscious for an hour after he was hit and gained semi-consciousness on the stretcher which lasted about an hour and a half. In my opinion I don't think he knew anything from the time he was hit, he only groaned and never spoke. He died quietly at the dressing station. He was left on a stretcher for some Pioneers to be buried. To the best of my belief he had a cross erected over him. The place where he was buried was near Soda Water Factory Zonnebeke.' Letter from Pte C.F. Ekeberg, 45th Battalion 18.3.18

'Fearish died at the Reg. Aid Post from shell wounds and shock. The doctor said it was more from the shock than wounds. He was a H. Gnr. and a shell lobbed right an amongst the gun crew, and wounded for of them. The other three went to Blighty. There were four of use - of whom I was one, carrying Fearish down to the D/S. He was wounded between 2.30 and 3.0 O'clock in the afternoon and died shortly after three and certainly before 4 o'clock. He was a tall chap and rather on the big side - well built and of a reddish complexion. I would put him at about 30 years of age. I think he came from Sydney' Pte W.C. Oliver 13.5.18

'He was in D.Coy. and came from Sydney, and I think he was single. He was hit all along the body and legs, by a shell at Zonnebeke while asleep in his dug-out in the morning. I was also wounded by the same shell, and we were both buried by it. We were dug out and he was in a die-ing condition when I was taken away. I think he died an hour later.' Pte. E.V. Gordon 45th D.Coy

Burial
Note: John's memorial is at the Ypres The Menin Gate Memorial which bears the names of officers and men whose graves are unknown.
Family with parents
father
18491903
Birth: November 17, 1849Liverpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 1, 1903Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
mother
18561910
Birth: April 21, 1856 40 26Wattle Flat, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 19, 1910Surry Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: November 19, 1873Bathurst, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 months
elder sister
Fearish, Jane Ann (1874-1936)
18741936
Birth: February 22, 1874 24 17Wattle Flat, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: March 15, 1936Marrickville, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
elder sister
Fearish, Catherine Alice Maud (1876-1950)
18761950
Birth: July 8, 1876 26 20Sofala, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 12, 1950Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder brother
Fearish, William Joseph (1879-1935)
18791935
Birth: June 2, 1879 29 23Wattle Flat, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 19, 1935Weston, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder sister
18811949
Birth: 1881 31 24Orange, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 28, 1949St Leonards, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
17 months
himself
Fearish, John Thomas (1882-1917)
18821917
Birth: May 20, 1882 32 26Wattle Flat, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 20, 1917Zonnebeke, West Flanders, Belgium
3 years
younger sister
18851941
Birth: April 21, 1885 35 29Wattle Flat, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 22, 1941Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger sister
18881969
Birth: February 29, 1888 38 31Wattle Flat, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 17, 1969Burwood, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
younger sister
18901956
Birth: April 8, 1890 40 33Surry Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 17, 1956Campsie, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Birth

His father, William FEARISH, labourer was a 33 years old and had been born in England. His mother, Bridget (nee FOGARTY) was aged 26 and she had been born in N.S.W. This birth certificate states that they had been married at Bathurt on 19th November, 1873 and the previous issue of the marriage was 1 boy and 3 girls, living. This birth was certified by the mother at Orange on 1st July, 1882 when she stated that the witness to the birth was Mrs. GARDINER.

Military

John enlisted on 27 Nov 1916 at age 34 and a half years in the 45th Battalion AIF as a Private. His occupation was a miner and he was single. His next of kin was his sister Mrs Katherine Reynolds Ann Street Surry Hills. He saw active service in France and was killed in action.

Letter written by Catherine (sister) 19 Jun 1921 29 Ann Street Surry Hills Dear Sir In answer to your note of the 30.5.1921 Re War Medal for the service of the Late 3680 Private John Thomas Fearish 45th Battalion upon enlistment my brother recorded me next of kin My brother lived with me since My Mother Death when my Brother got killed I lost the only one I loved and who loved me in the Family John and I were true friends I pray you grant me this Medal in honour of My Brother so I may Keep it in love and Memory until I die and when I die I will give it to William Fearish of Weston. Catherine A. Reynolds A.E. Phillips J.P.

Will

John bequeathed all his real and personal estate to his sister Katherine Reynolds.

Death

'He was hit by a 5.9 shell at 4.p.m. 20th Oct. He had both legs badly fractured, bones projecting, arms badly broken, hit about his face and big wounds in his groins. He was unconscious for an hour after he was hit and gained semi-consciousness on the stretcher which lasted about an hour and a half. In my opinion I don't think he knew anything from the time he was hit, he only groaned and never spoke. He died quietly at the dressing station. He was left on a stretcher for some Pioneers to be buried. To the best of my belief he had a cross erected over him. The place where he was buried was near Soda Water Factory Zonnebeke.' Letter from Pte C.F. Ekeberg, 45th Battalion 18.3.18

'Fearish died at the Reg. Aid Post from shell wounds and shock. The doctor said it was more from the shock than wounds. He was a H. Gnr. and a shell lobbed right an amongst the gun crew, and wounded for of them. The other three went to Blighty. There were four of use - of whom I was one, carrying Fearish down to the D/S. He was wounded between 2.30 and 3.0 O'clock in the afternoon and died shortly after three and certainly before 4 o'clock. He was a tall chap and rather on the big side - well built and of a reddish complexion. I would put him at about 30 years of age. I think he came from Sydney' Pte W.C. Oliver 13.5.18

'He was in D.Coy. and came from Sydney, and I think he was single. He was hit all along the body and legs, by a shell at Zonnebeke while asleep in his dug-out in the morning. I was also wounded by the same shell, and we were both buried by it. We were dug out and he was in a die-ing condition when I was taken away. I think he died an hour later.' Pte. E.V. Gordon 45th D.Coy

Burial

John's memorial is at the Ypres The Menin Gate Memorial which bears the names of officers and men whose graves are unknown.