James Francis Poynton and Alice Mary Fowler
James Francis Poynton was born 28th May, 1893 in
Meander,Tasmania, the son of Henry Francis Pointon and
Catherine Agnes Gavin. James was Baptised on 14th
September, 1900 when he was 8 years old, some months
after his father's death. Prior to his marriage, James and
some of his brothers worked at Reedy Creek snigging the
logs out for the timber mills. James was a Catholic. James
enlisted as a Private [No 2627] in the 40th Battalion, AIF on
30th August, 1916. Click HERE for details of James Army
service - coming soon. James other occupations include tram
conductor and labourer on the Silvan dam in Victoria.
Alice Mary Fowler, was born in 21st September 1895 in
Charlton, Victoria , the daughter of William Fowler and
Jane Race Wardell. Alice was a gifted singer and pianist
and gave up the chance to tour in the United States with her
brother Theo to marry James. Family recollection states that
Alice was 4' 11" tall.
Alice was of the Church of England faith but converted to
Catholicism for her marriage.
Marriage: On 19th October 1916 he married Alice Mary
Fowler in Deloraine, Tasmania. James embarked for the
front five days later.
James and Alice had the following children:
William Francis [Billy] Poynton born 28th April 1920 at
Malvern, Victoria. On 28th September, 1950 he married
Roma Hepzibah Sherry, at Sacred Heart Church, Croydon.
In WWII he enlisted at Croydon, Vic on 22nd July 1940 and
served as a Trooper in 2/12 Australian Commando
Squadron. He was discharged on 24th October 1945.
William died on XXXX
Patricia Mary Poynton born 16th November, 1921. She,
married Keith Eric Cook in 1944 at Sacred Heart Church
Gweneth Catherine Poynton born 12th April 1930.
Below: The Poynton Family, circa 1935
Deaths: James died on 12th February, 1956 at the
Repatriation Hospital Heidelberg and is buried at the Box
Hill Cemetery, Victoria. Alice died on 8th August,1945 and
is buried at Box Hill in Victoria.
Right: James and Alice with Tip the dog. Taken early 1940s.
Tip belonged to their son Bill who was at the War.
Below: A photo postcard sent by Alice to James during
WW1. The back reads:
"To my Darling Husband and Sweetheart Jim. Wishing
you a Bright and Happy Xmas and Happy New Year.
Your loving and very true wife Frances"
Frances was a nickname.
Below: The Church of the Holy
Redeemer in Deloraine where
James and Alice were