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Wednesday, 9 January 2008
The Battle of Rafa, Sinai, 9 January 1917, 3rd Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, War Diary Account
Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHMGS

The Battle of Rafa

Sinai, 9 January 1917

3rd Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron War Diary Account

 

 3rd Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, War Diary Account

 

The following is a transcription of the 3rd Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, War Diary Account detailing their role at the Battle of Rafa, Sinai, 9 January 1917.

 

Masaid 8 January 1917

1100 Moved on Sheikh Zowaiid.


Rafa 9 January 1917

0100 Marched on Rafa

0600 Arrived. Held in reserve till 1100.

1100 Moved into the attack under our own Squadron Leader with three Sections in the firing line and three in reserve.

1200 Three reserve Sections were thrown in to support the attack, which they did with overhead and direct fire.

1600 Six Sections supported retirement of another Brigade (1st Australian Light Horse Brigade) on our right by remaining where they were and bringing heavy fire to bear on the enemies trenches.

1700 Enemy position was captured. We then started to reorganise and found we had two men killed and nine wounded. Our casualties in horses were three killed, thirteen wounded and five missing.

2200 Marched on Sheikh Zowaiid.


Masaid 10 January 1919

0130 Arrived. (Sheikh Zowaiid) Here horses were watered.

0700 Marched on Hod el Masaid, watering horses en route at Wadi El Arish.

1600 Arrived, Masaid.

 

War Diaries

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Australian Light Horse Studies Centre, AIF War Diaries of the Great War, Site Transcription Policy 

 

 

Further Reading:

3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, AIF

3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, Roll of Honour  

The Battle of Rafa, Sinai, 9 January 1917

The Battle of Rafa, Sinai, 9 January 1917, Roll of Honour

The Palestine Campaign, 1917 - 1918

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: The Battle of Rafa, Sinai, 9 January 1917, 3rd Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, War Diary Account


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Monday, 31 January 2011 7:04 AM EAST
Thursday, 1 November 2007
3rd LHMGS, AIF, Roll of Honour, John Thomas Still
Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHMGS

3rd LHMGS, AIF

3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron

Roll of Honour

John Thomas Still

 

John Thomas Still's name on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial

 

John Thomas Still

Service number: 448

Rank: Trooper [Tpr]

Unit: 3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron

Service: Army

Conflict: 1914-1918

Date of death: 1 November 1917

Cause of death: Died of wounds

Cemetery or memorial details: PALESTINE 1 Beersheba War Cemetery

War Grave Register notes: STILL, Tpr. John Thomas, 448. 3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Sqdn. Died of wounds 1st Nov., 1917. Age 32. Son of Sudell Fox Still, and Emma Still. Native of Creswick, Victoria, Australia. B. 50.

Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.

 

A brief military biography of John Thomas Still from The AIF Project:

Regimental number448
Place of birthCreswick, Victoria
SchoolState School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
Address49 Auburn Road, Auburn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinSister, Mrs May, 49 Auburn Road, Auburn, Victoria
Enlistment date23 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Brigade Machine Gun Squadron
FateDied of wounds 1 November 1917
Place of death or woundingPalestine
Age at death32
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialBeersheba War Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 50), Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
18-0
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Sudell Fox and Emma STILL. Native of Creswick, Victoria

 

 Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, AIF

3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, Roll of Honour  

The Battle of Beersheba, Palestine, 31 October 1917

Australian and New Zealand Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 3rd LHMGS, AIF, Roll of Honour, John Thomas Still


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 7 October 2009 4:22 PM EADT
1st LHR, AIF, Roll of Honour, Harold Tuck
Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHMGS

1st LHR, AIF

1st Australian Light Horse Regiment

Roll of Honour

Harold Tuck

 

Harold Tuck's name on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial

 

Harold Tuck

Service number: 1727

Rank: Driver [Dvr]

Unit: 1 Australian Light Horse

Service: Army

Conflict: 1914-1918

Date of death: 1 November 1917

Cause of death: Died of wounds

Cemetery or memorial details: PALESTINE 1 Beersheba War Cemetery

War Grave Register notes: TUCK, Dvr. Harold, 1727. 1st Australian Light Horse. Died of wounds 1st Nov., 1917. Age 23. Son of John and Agnes Sarah Tuck, of Seven Hills, New South Wales. Native of Toongabbie, New South Wales. C. 60.

Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.

 

A brief military biography of Harold Tuck from The AIF Project:

Regimental number1727
Place of birthToongabbie, Victoria
SchoolPublic School, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationHorse breaker
AddressSeven Hills, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, John Tuck, Seven Hills, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years with 1st Light Horse, Parramatta, New South Wales.
Enlistment date18 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Hawkes Bay on 23 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Light Horse Regiment
FateDied of wounds 1 November 1917
Place of death or woundingBeersheba, Palestine
Age at death22.11
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialBeersheba War Cemetery (Row C, Grave No. 60), Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
3
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Agnes Sarah TUCK, Seven Hills, New South Wales. Native of Toongabbie, New South Wales
Other detailsMedals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

 

 Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF

1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, Roll of Honour

The Battle of Beersheba, Palestine, 31 October 1917

Australian and New Zealand Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 1st LHR, AIF, Roll of Honour, Harold Tuck


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 7 October 2009 4:21 PM EADT
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
3rd LHMGS, AIF, Roll of Honour, John Currie Cumming
Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHMGS

3rd LHMGS, AIF

3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron

Roll of Honour

John Currie Cumming

 

John Currie Cumming's name on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial

 

John Currie Cumming

Service number: 1497

Rank: Trooper [Tpr]

Unit: 3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron

Service: Army

Conflict: 1914-1918

Date of death: 31 October 1917

Cause of death: Killed in action

Cemetery or memorial details: PALESTINE 1 Beersheba War Cemetery

War Grave Register notes: CUMMING, Tpr. John Currie, 1497. 3rd Australian L.H. Machine Gun Sqdn. Killed in action 31st Oct., 1917. Son of Thomas and Helen Cumming of Bennett St., Stawell, Victoria, Australia. D. 22.

Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.

 

A brief military biography of John Currie Cumming from The AIF Project:

Regimental number*1497
SchoolState School No. 502, Stawell, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
AddressStawell, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs T Cumming, Hall's Gap, Stawell, Victoria
Enlistment date28 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board SS Hawkes Bay on 21 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron
FateKilled in Action 31 October 1917
Place of death or woundingTel-el-Saba, Palestine
Age at death29.3

 

Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, AIF

3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, Roll of Honour  

The Battle of Beersheba, Palestine, 31 October 1917

Australian and New Zealand Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 3rd LHMGS, AIF, Roll of Honour, John Currie Cumming


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 7 October 2009 12:59 PM EADT
3rd LHMGS, AIF, Roll of Honour, William Irvine Hutchinson
Topic: AIF - 3B - 3 LHMGS

3rd LHMGS, AIF

3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron

Roll of Honour

William Irvine Hutchinson

 

William Irvine Hutchinson's name on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial

 

William Irvine Hutchinson

Service number: 499

Rank: Corporal [Cpl]

Unit: 3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron

Service: Army

Conflict: 1914-1918

Date of death: 31 October 1917

Cause of death: Died of wounds

Cemetery or memorial details: PALESTINE 1 Beersheba War Cemetery

War Grave Register notes: HUTCHINSON, Cpl. William Irvine, 499. 3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Sqdn. Died of wounds 31st Oct., 1917. Age 25. Son of John and Elizabeth Hutchinson, of 8, Scott St., Essendon, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Native of Seymour, Victoria. B. 51.

Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army.

 

A brief military biography of William Irvine Hutchinson from The AIF Project:

Regimental number499
Place of birthSeymour, Victoria
SchoolNorthwood State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressSeymour, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, J Hutchinson, Seymour, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed three years in Light Horse Regt, Seymour (Voluntary).
Enlistment date19 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Light Horse Regiment, Machine Gun Section
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/13/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A16 Star Of Victoria on 25 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Light Horse Regiment
FateDied of wounds 31 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBeersheeba, Palestine
Age at death25.6
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialBeersheba War Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 51), Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
180
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Elizabeth HUTCHINSON, 8 Scott Street, Essendon, Melbourne. Native of Seymour, Victoria

 

Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, AIF

3rd Australian Light Horse Machine Gun Squadron, Roll of Honour  

The Battle of Beersheba, Palestine, 31 October 1917

Australian and New Zealand Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 3rd LHMGS, AIF, Roll of Honour, William Irvine Hutchinson


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 6 October 2009 3:40 PM EADT

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