Victoria Cross

South of Cherry Street, near the Macleod station, is an interesting housing estate which was sub-divided in 1922. All the streets were named in honour of Australian Victoria Cross recipients. These soldiers were: Captain Percy Cherry, Lieutenant William Dunstan, Sergeant John Dwyer, Lieutenant Robert Grieve, Captain Albert Jacka, Lieutenant Colonel William Joynt, Private Ted Kenna, Air Vice-Marshall Frank McNamara and Second Lieutenant Rusty Ruthven.

Captain Percy Herbert Cherry

All these men have their own interesting stories. One example is Air Vice-Marshall Frank McNamara who was born in Rushworth, near Shepparton in central Victoria and was the first and only Air Force pilot to be awarded a Victoria Cross in WWI. Frank McNamara rescued a crashed pilot near Gaza in 1917, having sustained a leg injury from shrapnel himself. He became one of the RAAF’s original officers when the RAAF was established in Australia in 1921.

 

Story by Kathy Andrewartha
2018

REFERENCES:

Fine Spirit and Pluck. World War One Stories of Banyule, Nillumbik and Whittlesea (2016) Yarra Plenty Regional Library. South Morang.

‘The Senior’ Newspaper article, April 2017 p.1