Outback Graves Markers

William Ambrose GROSE

Burial Location:Davyhurst  (details...)
Occupation: Miner
Place of Death: In bush 1 mile from Davyhurst
Date of Death: 07 November 1914
Age:53 years
Cause of Death:Suicide by gelignite
OGM Ref#: 1368


The deed was committed in the bush, one mile from Davyhurst. With the assistance of an Aboriginal tracker, Constable East finally found the body of the deceased about a mile and a quarter from the camp. It was lying under a bush in a pool of blood with the head completely blown off. Fragments of skuIl, brains and flesh were picked up 30 yards in front to 25 yards behind the body. A box of matches was held in the right hand and there were five dead matches scattered about. His hat was also blown to pieces. From the manner in which he was lying, he had evidently sat. down, placed half the plug of fracture in his mouth and lighted the fuse. The deceased left a wife and five children in Victoria and a long letter in his camp, detailing his woes and state of mind at the time.
Parents:Harriet (nee BURRIDGE) and Ambrose GROSE
Spouse:Mary Ann ALLAN
Marriage Details:Marriage Registration 4240/1883, Victoria
Children:Ambrose William, born 1889; James Donald born 1891; Ronald Duncan born 1894; Percy Claude born 1896; Juanita Victoria born 1901
Birth Details:Circa 1861
Death Certificate:17/1914, North Coolgardie
State Records Office: GROSE, William Ambrose (Davyhurst, d7/11/1914) AU WA S2323 cons5790 1914/308 Item 1915-03-24 - Part of INTESTATE FILES (PUBLIC TRUSTEE)