Jack (Wesley John) Hymus embarked from Fremantle on 31 March 1916 and served with the 11th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement. He returned incapacitated having been gassed at the front line and a German doctor working in a French field hospital incorrectly administered a spinal morphia injection. Jack blamed this doctor for deliberate malpractice for the resulting partial paralysis from his waist down. Jack could just drag himself around and his spirit won him much admiration. In February 1928 he was crawling through muddy ground at Lake Richmond to shoot ducks. Unfortunately mud got into the shotgun’s barrel and when Jack fired the gun the barrel blew off the tips of two fingers. He returned painfully to his horse and sulky and drove back to the hotel where a doctor was obtained from a visiting ship in the bay to tend to him. Jack died on 29 August 1932 aged 44 with deteriorating health from his wartime complications, leaving behind a wife and four young children.
Leck (Leslie Charles) Hymus born in 1886, died 1952 – parents were Fanny Isabella Bell and Daniel Hymus who married in 1867. After Fanny and Daniel had bought the Port Hotel (built by Roy’s father James Bell) Leck held the licence from 1910 to 1918 because his father had a hearing problem which would not allow him to be the licensee under the regulations at the time. One of Leck’s daily jobs was to fill the water barrel. Leck married Mabel Mary Day (nee Hanretty, George Edward Day’s widow) after the World War I, but there is no evidence that he enlisted.
Roy (Roi?) Ramsay Bell born 9 May 1889 at Fremantle; His parents were James and Margaret Bell who married in 1847. Roy lived all his life in Rockingham except for his war service in France where he was wounded in combat (embarked from Fremantle 31 March 1916, returned to Australia 9 December 1918). Roy’s good friend was his cousin Leck (Leslie) Hymus; the pair for many years engaged in net fishing. Roy married Leck’s sister Mena. (Leck and Mena’s mother was Roy’s father’s sister). Roy and Mena lived a short distance from his parents in a solid stone house with fruit trees, milking cows and sheds at the rear of the garden. He was known to have a good sense of rhythm being able to accompany music with spoons and bones!