Peter Herbert SILVA

SILVA, Peter Herbert

Service Number: 45
Enlisted: 15 January 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Maryborough, Victoria, 5 March 1892
Home Town: Rushworth, Campaspe, Victoria
Schooling: Adelaide Lead State School, Victoria
Occupation: Labourer (Working Mans Club, Mildura)
Died: Illness (stomoch ulcer), Rushworth, Victoria, 16 October 1920, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Rushworth Public Cemetery, Victoria
Memorials: Bealiba Memorial Gate Posts, Mildura Cenotaph, Mildura Workingmans Club War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

15 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
3 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 45, 37th Infantry Battalion
3 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 45, 37th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Persic, Melbourne
21 Jan 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 45, 8th Infantry Battalion
10 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

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Peter Herbert Silva 1892–1920, was the second youngest child. After Peter was orphaned he was taken into the home of Catherine's brother, James Brogan and his wife Harriet Brogan (nee tyres). They were given Guardianship of Peter. He was 5 years old.

Peter attended Adelaide Lead State School. He had now been taken in with a much larger Family. Peter's eldest Brother, William, had been living with James and Harriet for a long time. William was 24 years old when Peter Herbert was born. James and Harriet also took on Guardianship of Frances Caroline Silva and sadly she died at 14 years of age. Again, Tuberculosis took another Family Member. Harriet and James Brogan also had 5 of their own children. 

Peter Herbert Silva signed up for WW1 on the 15 January 1916. Our story is that when Vincent was killed on the mountain of the Dardenelles, and the message got back to "John Silva", (who was Peters guardian and much older brother. Peter Herbert, moved in with John Silva, after he finished at state school.  His parents, Joseph and Catherine Silva died in 1896 and 1897), Peter made the decision that his brother, Vincent, would not just have lived and died in vein. Vincent had died on the 8th August 1915 and Peter signed up 5 months later.