Gunner John Joseph Toner[1]

Male 1893 - 1976  (82 years)


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  • Name John Joseph Toner 
    Title Gunner 
    Born 31 Aug 1893  Footscray, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Service Number: 903
      Enlisted: Not yet discovered
      Last Rank: Private
      Last Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
      Born: Footscray, Victoria, Australia, 31 August 1893
      Home Town: Warracknabeal, Yarriambiack, Victoria
      Schooling: Not yet discovered
      Occupation: Labourer
      Died: Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia, 4 June 1976, aged 82 years, cause of death not yet discovered
      Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne
      (Virtual Was Menorial)

      Wounded in action: gun shot wound right eye and nose, France and Gallipoli.

      903 Private John Joseph TONER, a 22 year old Labourer from Warracknabeal, Victoria. He enlisted on 11 December 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 21 April 1918.

      9th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF, 5th Reinforcement Kabinga Group, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A58 Kabinga 8 May 1915.

      The HMAT A58 Kabinga weighed 4,657 tons with an average cruise speed of 12 knots or 22.22 kmph. It was owned by the Ellerman & Bucknall SS Co Ltd, London. The Kabinga was captured by Emden in the Bay of Bengal on 12 September 1914 and released with the Emden?s beaching at the Cocos Islands. The Kabinga was leased by the Commonwealth until 19 June 1917.
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 11 Dec 1914  World War 1 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    First name(s) John Joseph
    Last name Toner
    Service number 903
    Rank Private
    Birth year 1893
    Marital status Single
    Occupation Labourer
    Religion Roman Catholic
    Age at Embarkation 22
    Embarkation year 1915
    Embarkation date 08 May 1915
    Embarkation regiment/unit 3rd Light Horse Brigade
    Unit information 9th Light Horse Regiment
    Unit information 2 5th Reinforcements
    Departure port Melbourne, Victoria
    Ship name Hmat A58, Kabiga
    Enlistment date 11 Dec 1914
    City -
    Country Australia
    Next of kin's first name(s) W P
    Next of kin's last name Toner
    Relationship -
    Next of kin address -
    Next of kin city Warracknabeal
    Next of kin state -
    Next of kin country -
    Record set Australian Imperial Force Embarkation Roll 1914-1918
    Category Military Service & Conflict
    Subcategory Regimental & service records
    Collections from Australia & New Zealand
    (Australian Imperial Force Embarkation Roll 1914-1918) 
    WW1 Enlistment 11 Dec 1914  Warracknabeal Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Enlistment Details
    AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCES - NOMINAL ROLL
    Regimental Nimber: 903: Name in Full: Toner John Joseph: Rank: : Age: : Trade or Calling: : Married or Single:Address at Date of Enlistment: : Next of Kin and Address: Religion: Date of Joining: 11.12.14 
    Military Service 3 Jul 1917  Warracknabeal Herald, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    ACTIVE SERVICE.
    OUR BOYS AT THE FRONT.
    Signaller J. J. Toner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Toner of Wnrracknabeal, has written bright and cheerful letters to his parents from France, the last being dated April 27th. Among other things, he says that he had a letter from his brother Willie, who stated that he was all right again, and had a good time 'in London on furlough. "Swallow" was also on leave at the same time, and Mick was at Blighty. The change would do them good.

    With respect to affairs in France, Signaller Toner says:"Mail is very scarce, and everybody is in the same boat. We are on the move most of the time, and It is difficult to get our letters. The only way we can keep up correspondence is by field cards, I am doing my shift on the telephone, and am writing at midnight.

    We are now in the green fields of France, and still pushing the Germans back. I have had a fair spin, but am still happy, and going strong, though a bit bent up. The weather is brighter, and the days much longer. We have daylight till nearly 9 o'clock. We are looking forward to some fine sunny weather.

    A few days ago we had a bit of a mix up, and the bad luck to have a man killed and three wounded in our battery. I am in the best of health, and satisfied that I can stay it out in good style. I trust I may have the luck to be there when we start to fire our guns on German soil. We will not hesitate when we range our guns on to some of Fritz's towns. That will be the time when we get some of our own back.

    I often have a talk with Charlie McGuinness. He is in good health. My work on the telephone is not a bad job. Better than poking about in the stables among the mules.

    Give my regards to friends who may inquire about me. Good wishes to all. Cheero! Never worry! All happy!"

    Warracknabeal Herald, Victoria, Tuesday 3 July 1917  
    Returning to Australia 11 Dec 1917  The Horsham Times, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gunner J. J. Toner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Toner, of, Warracknabeal, is returnirig to Australia, having been invalided home through the loss of his right eye.
    Transcribed from "The Horsham Times, Victoria", Tuesday 11 December 1917
     
    Military Service 11 Dec1914 - 21 Apr 1918 
    John Joseph TONER
    Regimental number 903
    Religion Roman Catholic
    Occupation Labourer
    Address Warracknabeal
    Marital status Single
    Age at embarkation 22
    Next of kin W P Toner, Warracknabeal
    Enlistment date 11 December 1914
    Rank on enlistment Private Unit name 9th Light Horse Regiment, 5th Reinforcement
    AWM Embarkation Roll number 10/14/2
    Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A58 Kabinga on 8 May 1915
    Rank from Nominal Roll Gunner
    Unit from Nominal Roll 13th Field Artillery Brigade Fate Returned to Australia 21 April 1918 [AIF Project]
     
    Personal 17 May 1918  Warracknabeal Herald, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    PERSONAL.
    Gunner J. J. Toner son of Mr, and Mrs. Toner, of Warrackaabeal, is returning to Australia, having been invalided home through the loss of his right eye. Gunner Toner has been over three years on active service, and was also at Gallipoli.
    Warracknabeal Herald, Victoria, Friday 17 May 1918 
    Electoral Roll 1924  Gardner st., Richmond, Victoria Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Victoria Electoral Roll 1924
    Commonwealth - Yarra: State- Abbotsford
    Subdivision of Richmond North
    No 7711: TONER, John Joseph: Place of Living: 67 Gardner st., Richmond: Occupation: wood heel maker
     
    Electoral Roll 1931  10 Daventry St., Subdivision of Preston Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Victoria Electoral Roll 1931
    Commonwealth - Batman : State- Heidelberg
    Subdivision of Preston
    No 16098: TONER, Irene Alma: Place of Living: 10 Daventry st., home duties
    No 16099: TONER, John Joseph: Place of Living: 10 Daventry st., Occupation: heel maker
     
    Electoral Roll 1936  125 Palmer St., Richmond North Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Victoria Electoral Roll 1936
    Commonwealth - Yarra : State- Richmond
    Subdivision of Richmond North
    No 7729: TONER, Irene Alma: Place of Living: 125 Palmer st., Occupation: home duties
    No 7730: TONER, John Joseph: Place of Living: 125 Palmer st., Occupation: bread carter
     
    Electoral Roll 1943 -1949  51 Lyndhurst St., Richmond Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Victoria Electoral Roll 1943
    Commonwealth - Yarra : State- Richmond
    Subdivision of Richmond
    No 23541: TONER, Irene Alma: Place of Living: 51 Lyndhurst st., Occupation: home duties
    No 23542: TONER, John Joseph: Place of Living: 51 Lyndhurst st., Occupation: labourer
    No 23540: TONER, Eugenie Avis: Place of living: 51 Lyndhurst st., Occupation: finisher

    VICTORIA ELECTORAL ROLL 1949
    Commonwealth - Yarra : State- Richmond
    No 23210: TONER, Irene Alma: Place of Living: 51 Lyndhurst st., Occupation: home duties
    No 23211: TONER, John Joseph: Place of Living: 51 Lyndhurst st., Occupation: labourer
    No 23208: TONER, Betty Robina: Place of Living: 51 Lyndhurst st., Occupation: machinest
    No 23209: TONER, Herbert John: Place of Living: 51 Lyndhurst st., Occupation: tanner
     
    Electoral Roll 1949  45 Malpas St., Ivanhoe Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Victoria Electoral Roll 1949
    Commonwealth - Darebin : State: Ivanhoe
    No 1967: TONER, Irene Alma: Place of Living: 45 Malpas st., Occupation: home duties
    No 1968: TONER, John Joseph: Place of Living: 45 Malpas st., Occupaton: nil
     
    Electoral Roll 1963 & 1972  47 Malpas St., Preston Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Victoria electoral Roll 1963
    Subdivision of Preston
    Toner, Irene Alma, 47 Malpas St., home duties
    Toner, John Joseph, 47 Malpas St., newsagent
     
    Military Melbourne, Victoria  8 May 1915 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    First World War Embarkation Roll - John Joseph Toner
    John Joseph Toner
    Service number: 903
    Rank: Private
    Roll title: 9 LHR [Light Horse Regiment] - 1 to 10 Reinforcements (February-September 1915)
    Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
    Date of embarkation: 8 May 1915
    Place of embarkation: Melbourne
    Ship embarked on: HMAT Kabinga
    Ship number: A58
     
    Died 4 Jun 1976  Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Death Registration
      Surname: TONER : Given Names: John Joseph: Father: William Clar: Mother: Eugenie METZGER: Death Place: IVAN: Age: 83: Year: 1976. Reg No 14158. [Death Index Victoria 1921 - 1985]


      Record information
      Event: deaths
      Registration number 14158 / 1976
      Family name: TONER
      Given name(s) John Joseph
      Place of event: Ivanhoe, Australia
      Personal detail
      Place of Birth: Footscray, Victoria
      Mother's name: Eugenie
      Mother's family name at birth: METZGER
      Father's Name: TONER William Clarence Porter
      (Death Index Victoria)
    Buried 7 Jun 1976  Springvale, Botanical Cemetery, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Inscription
      John J. Toner 4th June 1976
      Age 83
      1st. A.I.F.
    Person ID I5662  Hickey, List, Bundesen, Thomsen, Jensen, Jessen
    Last Modified 1 Mar 2021 

    Father William Porter Toner,   b. 1868, Gaffneys, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1956, Ararat, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Eugenie Elizabeth Metzger,   b. 15 Feb 1863, Pleasant Creek [Stawell], Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Jun 1928, St. Vincents Hospital, Fitzroy. Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Family ID F1838  Group Sheet

    Family Irene Alma Kefford,   b. 1902, Essendon, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1981, Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 1919  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Marriage Registration
      Surname: TONER : Given Names: John Joseph: Event: Marriage: Spouses Given Name: KEFFORD: Spouses Given Names: Irene Alma: Reg Year: 1919. [Great War Index 1914 -1920]
    Children 
     1. Eugenie Avis Toner,   b. 1920, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Valerie Irene Toner
     3. Herbert John Toner,   b. 7 Jul 1921, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1999, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2012 
    Family ID F1871  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    John J. Toner
    John J. Toner
    John J. Toner 4th June 1976
    Age 83
    1st. A.I.F.
    Burial:
    Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Springvale, Victoria, Australia

    TONER, JOHN J
    GUNNER
    Plaque details
    AIF
    903 GUNNER
    J. J. TONER
    113 HOWITZER BATTERY
    4-6-1976
    AGE 83

    Official commemoration
    Victorian Garden of Remembrance
    Adjacent to Springvale War Cemetery North Drive
    SPRINGVALE VIC 3171
    Australia
    Area: Garden Wall: 32 Row: G Panel:

    903 Private John Joseph TONER, a 22 year old Labourer from Warracknabeal, Victoria. He enlisted on 11 December 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 21 April 1918.
    (Australian Light horse Studies)
    John J Toner
    John J Toner
    Died 4 June 1976

    Burial
    Springvale Botanical Cemetery
    Springvale, Victoria, Australia
    (Photo, http://billiongraves.com)

  • Sources 
    1. [S66] Mrs Laurina Collins.


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