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Monday, 10 October 2005
1st Australian Light Horse Brigade, AIF, Brigade Headquarters Section
Topic: AIF - 1B - 1 LHB

1st LHB, AIF

1st Australian Light Horse Brigade

Embarkation Roll, Brigade Headquarters Section


HMAT A3 Orvieto

 

1st Australian Light Horse Brigade, AIF, Brigade Headquarters Section, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A3 Orvieto 21 October 1914.

HMAT A3 Orvieto weighed 12,130 tons with an average cruise speed of 15 knots or 27.78 kmph. It was owned by the Orient SN Co Ltd, London, and leased by the Commonwealth until 29 December 1914. It formed part of the first convoy of the AIF to the Egypt. The Orvieto became well known for its work during this convoy as it transported the prisoners captured from the beached German raider Emden. The German prisoners were take to Egypt by the Orvieto for imprisonment.

The ensuing individual soldier's embarkation information contains the following details:

Rank on embarkation;

Full name of the soldier

Declared age of the soldier;

The last occupation held;

The last address as a civilian;

Enlistment Date; and,

Fate.

 

Finding more about a service person.

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Embarkation Roll

 

Lieutenant, Automobile Corps Edward Norman BELCHER, a 35 year old Auctioneer from Geelong, Victoria. He enlisted on 9 September 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 23 August 1916.

Lieutenant, Automobile Corps John BELL, a 29 year old Grazier from Shelford, Victoria. He enlisted on 3 September 1914; and subsequently was Died of Wounds, 27 December 1917.

24 Private Leslie Allan BOWLER, a 22 year old Motor mechanic from Geelong, Victoria. He enlisted on 9 September 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 19 May 1918.

 

25 Private George Edward CHANTER, a 26 year old Motor mechanic from Malvern, Victoria. He enlisted on 10 September 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 8 October 1918.

Colonel Harry George CHAUVEL, a 49 year old Soldier / A&I staff from joined in Egypt Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted on 11 December 1914; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 26 July 1919.

9 Private Cyril William Lane COUSINS, a 27 year old Gripman from Coburg, Victoria. He enlisted on 18 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 7 June 1918.

18 Private John Joseph CROWLEY, a 26 year old Labourer from Carlton, Victoria. He enlisted on 18 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 24 September 1918.

23 Private Douglas Albert Lawson CUTLER, a 20 year old Motor mechanic from “Meersbrook”, Deniliquin, New South Wales. He enlisted on 1 September 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 8 October 1918.

 

15 Private Ellis Osborne DAVIES, a 23 year old Traveller from Brighton, Victoria. He enlisted on 18 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 15 August 1915.

21 Private Lewis Francis DESAILLEY, a 21 year old Blacksmith from Lindenow South via Bairnsdale, Victoria. He enlisted on 28 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 22 December 1918.

13 Private Cyril Lester Gordon DOWNE, a 20 year old Carpenter from Devon, Victoria. He enlisted on 22 August 1914; and subsequently Died of Accident, 3 March 1919.

 

Captain, Supply Officer Walter Percy A. FARR, a 25 year old Soldier / A&I staff from Victoria Barracks Melbourne. He enlisted on 15 August 1914; and subsequently was Discharged in Britain, 31 March 1919.

Temporary Colonel John Keatley FORSYTH, a 47 year old Soldier / A&I staff from Auburn, Victoria. He enlisted on 15 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 12 November 1916.

 

20 Private Frederick William GARDINER, a 32 year old Case maker from Hawthorn, Victoria. He enlisted on 17 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 3 September 1915.

5 Private John Caleb GARDNER, a 19 year old Labourer from Beech Forest, Victoria. He enlisted on 22 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 15 August 1915.

6 Private John Stephen GARRETT, a 25 year old Gripman from Mansfield, Victoria. He enlisted on 18 August 1914; and subsequently Died of Wounds, 6 July 1915.

Reverend Captain George GREEN, a 33 year old Clergyman from Emerald and Rockhampton, Queensland. He enlisted on 8 September 1914; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 10 May 1919.

12 Corporal William Edward GREEN, a 24 year old Clerk from Marong, Victoria. He enlisted on 18 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 23 December 1918.

 

1 Staff Sergeant Frederick HANCOCK, a 24 year old Soldier from Prahran, Victoria. He enlisted on 15 August 1914; and at the conclusion of the war Repatriated as a POW, 28 November 1918.

26 Driver Reginald Clarke HARROLD, a 36 year old Farmer from Iona Bunyip, Victoria. He enlisted on 22 August 1914; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 8 October 1919.

4 Private Hughie HEFFER, a 25 year old Farmer from Kerang, Victoria. He enlisted on 19 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 17 August 1916.

Captain Jacob Edward HINDHAUGH, a 33 year old Gentleman from Hampton, Victoria. He enlisted on 15 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 9 October 1918.

10 Private Denny HOSKINS, a 27 year old Labourer from Warragul, Victoria. He enlisted on 21 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 15 November 1918.

19 Private Ernest Frederick HUGGINS, a 19 year old Coach smith from Hamilton, Victoria. He enlisted on 19 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 23 October 1918.

 

7 Private Ralph Hamilton LANE, a 25 year old Grazier from Violet Town, Victoria. He enlisted on 18 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 17 September 1915.

8 Private Ernest Alfred LAWRENCE, a 27 year old Traveller from Elsternwick, Victoria. He enlisted on 18 August 1914; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 7 January 1919.

Lieutenant Albert Stanley LEAHY, a 33 year old Cashier from Victoria Barracks Sydney. He enlisted on 21 September 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 14 September 1918.

27 Private Frederick Charles LIARDET, a 35 year old Cook from South Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted on 15 September 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 10 April 1916.

14 Private Percy LUKEY, a 26 year old Labourer from Ascot Vale, Victoria. He enlisted on 22 August 1914; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 28 January 1919.

 

22 Private John Charles McGUIRE, a 21 year old Groom from Camperdown, Victoria. He enlisted on 24 September 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 1 November 1918.

Reverend Captain Ernest Northcroft MERRINGTON, a 38 year old Clergyman from St Andrews church, Queensland East Brisbane, Queensland. He enlisted on 8 September 1914; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 8 May 1919.

Lieutenant Archibald Stuart MURRAY, a 23 year old Gentleman from Sandringham, Victoria. He enlisted on 26 August 1914; and subsequently was Discharged in Britain, 26 March 1915.

 

16 Private Maurice O'SULLIVAN, a 33 year old Clerk from Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted on 20 August 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 11 March 1915.

 

Reverend Captain Alfred Charles PLANE, a 51 year old Clergyman from Maryborough, Queensland. He enlisted on 8 September 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 29 August 1915.

 

28 Private Arthur RHODES, a 19 year old Stock rider from Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted on 19 September 1914; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 7 November 1915.

11 Private William Thomas ROBERTSON, a 31 year old Policeman from South Yarra, Victoria. He enlisted on 18 August 1914; and subsequently was Killed in Action, 7 August 1915.

 

3 Private George James SMITH, a 19 year old Tally Clerk from Port Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted on 18 August 1914; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 1 November 1919.

 

17 Private George WALKER, a 22 year old Groom from Ascot Vale, Victoria. He enlisted on 24 August 1914; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 15 January 1919.

2 Sergeant Vernon WARE, a 34 year old Musician from Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted on 18 August 1914; and subsequently Died of Disease, 3 April 1916.

Major, Brigade Major Ernest Morgan WILLIAMS, a 30 year old Soldier/ A&I staff from Victoria Barracks Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted on 15 August 1914; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 30 December 1919.

 

 

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Sources Used:

National Archives Service File.

Embarkation Roll, AWM8, Class 10, Light Horse.

Nominal Roll, AWM133, Nominal Roll of Australian Imperial Force who left Australia for service abroad, 1914-1918 War.

Collected Records of Steve Becker.

 

Acknowledgement: Many thanks to Steve Becker who provided much of the raw material that appears in this item.

 

Further Reading:

1st Australian Light Horse Brigade

1st Australian Light Horse Brigade, AIF, Roll of Honour 

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1919

 


Citation: 1st Australian Light Horse Brigade, AIF, Brigade Headquarters Section

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