Heritage > SAXTON Reuben Oliver: 1896-1915, KIA ANZAC
Avenue of honour Upper YarraThe Upper Yarra Museum has initiated a project to recreate a Memorial avenue of trees dedicated to the WW1 fallen from the old Upper Yarra Shire. The reformed avenue is to be planted along the old railway line, now the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail by Anzac Day 2015.

The original plaque was returned to Upper Yarra Museum 27.3.2014, it was donated by Mt Evelyn RSL.

Reuben Saxton Original Plaque

Reuben Oliver SAXTON

Saxton R002 sm_ Bob Sutherland Collection

Saxton R O Bob Sutherland Collection

Reuben Oliver SAXTON: 1895 at Launching Place, he worked as a’dustie’ at George Worlley’s mill at Gilderoy.
1365/1426 Private Reuben Oliver SAXTON was 19 when listed Missing in Action 8.5.1915
Family Name SAXTON
Given Names Reuben Oliver
Birth Date 1895
Birth Place Launching Place
Occupation at Enlistment Millhand
Date of Enlistment 4.11.1914
Age at Enlistment 19
Service Number(s) 1365/1426
Next of Kin Father: Mr Alfred Thomas Saxton
Embarkation Embarkation Roll
Address at Enlistment Gilderoy
Embarkation Details Unit embarked From Melbourne aboard HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray 2.2.1915
Nominal Nominal Roll
Rank on Nominal Roll Private
Unit on Nominal Roll 7th Bn 2nd Reinforcement /5th Bn
Fate Missing in Action
Australia War Memorial Roll Panel Number 45Roll of Honour name projectionReuben Oliver Saxton’s name will be projected onto the exterior of the Hall of Memory
Date of Death 8.5.1915
Place of Death or Wounding Gallipoli peninsula TURKEY No Known Grave
Age at Death 19 years
Roll of Honour Circular Yes
Commemoration Details and Panel Reference Helles Memorial Panel 201 to 204 or 332 TURKEY
Red Cross Files Yes
Meda 1914/15 Star Medal.
British war Medal.
Memorial plaque.
Memorial scroll.
Victory Medal.
Where the Australians Rest.
Local Rolls of Honour Political Labor Council Honor Roll,: Upper Yarra RSL

  • SAXTON. R.
Local Memorials Yarra Junction Cenotaph: Fallen

  • SAXTON. R.
Memorial Tree Yes 1917
Collections Original name plate from tree planted in 1917
AIF Data Base Private Reuben O SAXTON

Family & Early Life

Alfred Thomas married Marion Gladwish Williams on 17.12. 1895. In 1890 Alfred and his brother Harry settled in Gilderoy from the ‘one mile to ‘two mile south of the Yarra Junction-Powelltown Road. Now Saxton Road. Harry left and settled in South Africa.Alfred built a house hewn from the bush. 10 children: Reubon [1896], Bertha [1898] Alfred [Ben] [1899], John [Jack] [1901], Ethel [1902], Samuel [1903]. Wilbur [1909], Hereward [1915], Jessie [1915], and Marjorie [1922]. The original house was burnt in a bushfire in 1912.Alfred planted an oak tree on every property he owned. Saxton oak tree 1780 Little Yarra Road, is listed as a Heritage tree.

Reubon left school 14 and worked as a dustie at George Worlley’s Mill at Gilderoy. Reubon was later promoted to a handle man.

Alfred’s ambition was that he and his sons would build a sawmill and cut timber from both selections using water from the creek. The creek is now called Saxton’s Creek. The Saxton mills closed in 1.29.1937 and the family and the family sawmilling business moved to Moe.

Religion: Methodist

Military Service Reubon was with the 7th Bn, he was to be moved to the 5th on the following day officially” extract from his father’s letter 2.6.1921His personal effects wrapped in a brown paper parcel sent home Contents: Wallet, Private papers, diary, letters.Jack Saxton served in the 2/3 Forestry Company A. I. F. WW2. Member of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire: Lieut John Godfrey Saxton, of Moe (V), Victoria.


Commemorating the Fallen – Yarra Junction Cenotaph – The Great War 1914 – 1919 Bob Sutherland.The Upper Yarra, An Illustrated History, The Shire of Upper Yarra 1988, Brian Carroll, 1988‘History of the Saxton family’ and ‘History of Saxtons and their Sawmilling Ventures’ written by John Godfrey [Jack] M.B.E. 1944
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