World War 1 Avenue of Honour (35 trees)
Booroopki, West Wimmera, Victoria, Australia

PATCHING, Pte Clarence Francis
21st Battalion, AIF
DOW 2 May 1917, France

Tree No 02, planted 28 August, 1918
Tree Planter: Miss R. A. CARRACHER (on behalf of Mrs P. J. LAVERY)

Clarence Francis PATCHING appears to be the first child born to James PATCHING and Alice DUFFY and registered at Coleraine as Clarence Gordon PATCHING in 1886. Clarence was listed as Pte 5675, 21st Battalion who died of wounds on 2 May 1917 in France. He was buried in the St Sever Cemetery Extension Rouen, France.

WEST WIMMERA MAIL - March 21, 1919

A meeting of the Booroopki Soldiers' Welcome Committee was held on Friday evening last, Mr L.A. BULL (vice- president) being in the chair. The principle business was to arrange for the presentation, and paying for, of the memorial addresses which are to be presented to the relatives of soldiers who enlisted from the districts of Morea and Booroopki, and made the supreme sacrifice. It was resolved, after discussion, that the president and hon. secretary, Messrs. P.J. LAVERY and A.F.CARRACHER, be deputed to present the addresses privately, as soon as they are in order. The names of the deceased heroes, in respect of whom the addresses have been prepared, are Cpl. James DELANEY, of Morea, and Privates Clarence F. PATCHING, and John Ray GARDNER, of Booroopki. A levy of 2/ each was struck on all residents, and Mrs C. WONG, Mr M.F. MORRIS, and the secretary, were appointed as canvassers. Lists are returnable on Friday, 28th inst., when a further meeting will be held.

The tree in honour of Clarence PATCHING was planted by Miss R. A. CARRACHER (on behalf of Mrs P. J. LAVERY). Mrs J P LAVERY would have been Julia LAVERY (nee DUFFY), aunt of Clarence PATCHING. Clarence PATCHING appears to be a member of the following family group:

James PATCHING 1865-1939 & Alice DUFFY 1864-1942

James PATCHING, born 1865 Coleraine, Vic, son of John PATCHING and Mary Ann MILES was married in 1886 to Alice DUFFY, born 1864, Portland, Vic daughter of John DUFFY and Alice NULTY.

The family of James PATCHING and Alice DUFFY appears to be:

  1. Clarence Gordon / Francis PATCHING, b. 1886 Coleraine, Vic [Pte 5675, 21st Battalion, AIF, DOW 2 May 1917, France]
  2. Alice Jane PATCHING, b. 1888 Coleraine, Vic, married William Charles PEVITT
  3. John PATCHING, b. 1892 Portland, Vic, married Emma Ada Lock ADAMS
  4. Kathleen PATCHING, b. 1892 Portland, Vic, married Hermann John WHITING
  5. Margaret Mary PATCHING, b. 1895 Coleraine, Vic, d. 1912 Portland, Vic
  6. Thomas Leo PATCHING, b. 1897 Cobram, Vic
  7. Irene Vera PATCHING, b. 1899, Coleraine, Vic, married ? MOORE
  8. Dorothy Mary PATCHING, b. 1902, Goroke, Vic, d. 1940

Compiled by :
Daryl Crabtree & Daryl Povey

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