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Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Great War, Military Biographies, Henry Venn King, the oldest known man in the AIF
Topic: GW - Biographies

The oldest known man to have served in the AIF during the Great War

 

Henry Venn King (Left) 1897

[From: AWM P00755.001]

 

Henry Venn King, born 1842, died 1929.

King served as a captain in the Mounted Infantry. He was sent to Charleville and Cunnamulla during the 1891 Shearers' strike.

He was promoted to major in 1894

1897, King led the Queensland contingent to England for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

King was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1899.

In 1903 he commanded the 14th Australian Light Horse for a short period and in 1904, the 5th Light Horse Brigade as colonel.

After a period on the retired list he was appointed as Honourary colonel in the 3rd Light Horse in 1913.

At the age of 73 he was appointed Officer Commanding the 2nd Remount Unit in Egypt from 1915 to 1916.

He retired from active military service in 1921 and died in Toowoomba in 1929.

Henry Venn King, a brief military biography from The AIF Project:

Henry Venn KING

Date of birth7 December 1842
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGrazier and colliery proprietor
AddressGowrie, Kingsthorpe, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation73
Next of kinWife, Mrs Annie Stewart King, Gowrie, Kingsthorpe, Queensland
Enlistment date24 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentColonel
Unit nameAustralian Remount Unit 2, Head-Quarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number28/3/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 10 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollColonel
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Remount Unit
Promotions

Colonel


Unit: 2nd Australian Remount Unit
Promotion date:
24 September 1915
FateReturned to Australia 29 April 1916
Other details

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

 

 

Further Reading:

Great War, Military Biographies

Great War, August 1914

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Great War, Military Biographies, Henry Venn King, the oldest known man in the AIF

Posted by Project Leader at 11:47 AM EAST
Updated: Tuesday, 27 July 2010 7:00 PM EADT
Colonel Husnu, Yildirim, Page 135
Topic: Tk - Bks - Yildirim

Another entry from the book written by Lieutenant Colonel Hüseyin Hüsnü Emir, called Yildirim. Every day, one page of the book will be posted. This is Page 135.



Colonel Hüsnü, Yildirim, Page 135.

[Click on page for a larger print version.]

 

This chapter deals with Hüsnü observations of the Turkish response to Beersheba on other parts of the battlefield.

 

Further Reading:

List of all Yildirim pages

 


Citation: Colonel Hüsnü, Yildirim, Page 135

Posted by Project Leader at 1:01 AM EAST
Updated: Thursday, 20 November 2008 4:04 PM EAST
9th LHR AIF War Diary, 19 November
Topic: AIF - 3B - 9 LHR

9th LHR, AIF

9th Light Horse Regiment

War Diary, 19 November

Pro Gloria et Honore - For Glory and Honour

Regimental March -  Marching Through Georgia

 

 

The following entries are extracted and transcribed from the 9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary, the originals of which are held by the Australian War Memorial. There are 366 entries on this site. Each day has entries as they occurred from 1914 to 1919. In addition to the 9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary, when appropriate, entries from the 3rd Light Horse Brigade War Diary and other regiments with the Brigade will also appear. Entries from the unit history, Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924 will also appear from time to time. The aim is to give the broadest context to the story and allow the reader to follow the day to day activities of the regiment. If a relative happened to have served in the regiment during the Great War, then this provides a general framework in which the individual story may be told.

 

The Diary

 

1914

Thursday, November 19, 1914

9th Light Horse Regiment Location -  Morphettville Race Course Camp and Broadmeadows Camp, Victoria. 

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Formation of Regiment occurring at Morphettville Race Course Camp, Adelaide, while "C" Squadron is formed at Broadmeadows Camp, Victoria.

See: Broadmeadows 1909

 

1915

Friday, November 19, 1915

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Rhododendron Spur

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary -  No entry.

 

1916

Sunday, November 19, 1916

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Bir Etmaler

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - No entry.

 

1917

Monday, November 19, 1917

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - 2,000 yards north west Junction Station.

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Bivouacked in Square F21, 2,000 yards north west of Junction Station [Junction of Jaffa, Jerusalem, Beersheba and Jericho Railway] A Squadron returned to join up. At 1200 a Sergeants patrol dispatched to El Kubab to outpost to gain touch with C Squadron. Very heavy rain during late afternoon and night. Sergeant's patrol returned at 1400 having failed to gain touch with C Squadron.

 

1918

Tuesday, November 19, 1918

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Mejdelaya, Tripoli

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Brinkworth, Major TA [previously Siekmann, Major TA]; Luxmoore, Captain EM; Ayliffe, Lieutenant SH; Lane, Lieutenant BGB; Kildea, Lieutenant FJ; Aikman, Lieutenant GE; and, 132 Other Ranks marched in, having arrived at Tripoli by boat from Kantara. 3rd Light Horse Brigade AIF Canteen opened.

 

1919

Wednesday, November 19, 1919

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Adelaide

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Regiment disbanded.

 

 

Previous: 9th LHR AIF War Diary, 18 November

Next: 9th LHR AIF War Diary, 20 November

 

Sources:

See: 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Contents
Australian Light Horse Studies Centre, AIF War Diaries of the Great War, Site Transcription Policy

 

Further Reading:

9th Light Horse Regiment AIF

Bert Schramm Diary

9th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Roll of Honour 

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 
Citation: 9th LHR AIF War Diary, 19 November

Posted by Project Leader at 1:01 AM EAST
Updated: Sunday, 19 September 2010 10:25 AM EADT
Diaries of AIF Servicemen, Bert Schramm, 19 November 1918
Topic: Diary - Schramm

Diaries of AIF Servicemen

Bert Schramm

19 November 1918

 

Bert Schramm

 

2823 Private Herbert Leslie SCHRAMM, a 22 year old Farmer from Whites River, South Australia. He enlisted on 17 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 10 July 1919.

During part of the course of his military service with the AIF, Bert Schramm kept a diary of his life. Bert was not a man of letters so this diary was produced with great effort on his behalf. Bert made a promise to his sweetheart, Lucy Solley, that he would do so after he received the blank pocket notebook wherein these entries are found. As a Brigade Scout since September 1918, he took a lead part in the September Offensive by the Allied forces in Palestine. Bert's diary entries are placed alongside those of the 9th Light Horse Regiment to which he belonged and to the 3rd Light Horse Brigade to which the 9th LHR was attached. On this basis we can follow Bert in the context of his formation.

 

The Diaries

The complete diary is now available on the Australian Light Horse Studies Centre Site at:

Bert Schramm Diary


Finding more about a service person. See:

Navigating the National Archives Service File 

 

 

Bert Schramm's Handwritten Diary, 17 - 23 November 1918

[Click on page for a larger print version.]


Bert Schramm

Tuesday, November 19, 1918

Bert Schramm's Location - Mejdelaya, Tripoli

Bert Schramm's Diary -  No news as all things are very quiet. The weather is fine.

 

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary

9th Light Horse Regiment Location - Mejdelaya, Tripoli

9th Light Horse Regiment War Diary - Brinkworth, Major TA [previously Siekmann, Major TA]; Luxmoore, Captain EM; Ayliffe, Lieutenant SH; Lane, Lieutenant BGB; Kildea, Lieutenant FJ; Aikman, Lieutenant GE; and, 132 Other Ranks marched in, having arrived at Tripoli by boat from Kantara. 3rd Light Horse Brigade AIF Canteen opened.

9th LHR AIF War Diary, 19 November

 

Darley

Darley, TH, With the Ninth Light Horse in the Great War, Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1924.

No Entry

 

 

Previous:  Bert Schramm's Diary, 18 November 1918

Next:  Bert Schramm's Diary, 20 November 1918


Sources Used:

Bert Schramm's Diary

National Archives Service File.

Embarkation Roll, AWM8.

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour

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

 

War Diaries and Letters

All War Diaries and letters cited on this site should be read in conjunction with the Australian Light Horse Studies Centre, War Diaries and Letters, Site Transcription Policy which may be accessed at:

Australian Light Horse Studies Centre, War Diaries and Letters, Site Transcription Policy 

 

Further Reading:

Bert Schramm Diary

Bert Schramm Diary, Album

Bert Schramm's Photo Album

9th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF

9th Australian Light Horse Regiment, War Diary, Day by Day Account

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 

Citation: Bert Schramm's Diary, 19 November 1918


Posted by Project Leader at 1:01 AM EAST
Updated: Sunday, 12 June 2011 4:10 PM EADT
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Light Horsemen who enlisted in 1914 and served over 5 years
Topic: AIF - Misc Topics

 

Light Horsemen who served the entire Great War

The following list is all the known Light Horsemen who enlisted in August 1914 and were discharged or returned to Australia over 5 years from the commencement of their service as per the Attestation Papers. There are 51 men on this list.

 

Ross MacPherson Smith

[From: Portrait by WB McInnes, AWM ART03179.] 

Five Year Service List for the Light Horse

The list gives the names of every man in the Light Horse who served over five years from the date of enlistment. Each record commences with the Regimental Service Number, the rank attained on enlistment, the first names of the man followed by his surname, the last known occupation of the man prior to enlistment, the date of enlistment, the last residential place of the man, his state of enlistment followed by the date of enlistment, the unit in which the man enlisted and the ultimate fate of the man in the record. The link is to the National Archives Serviceman's File.

  • 477 Bugler Edward Bower, an Engine Smith from Brisbane, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 21 August 1914 in the 2nd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 30 August 1919.
  • 470 Private Roy Brown, a Labourer from Maclean, New South Wales, enlisted for the AIF on 27 August 1914 in the 2nd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 22 January 1920.
  • 301 Private David Browning, a Labourer from Chinchilla, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 22 August 1914 in the 2nd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 27 September 1919.
  • 272 Private Martin Coetzee, a Labourer from Terowie, South Australia, enlisted for the AIF on 22 August 1914 in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and was discharged in the United Kingdom, 26 August 1919.
  • 41 Driver Sidney Leichardt Crompton, a Clerk from Zillmere, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 21 August 1914 in the 1st Light Horse Brigade Train and returned to Australia, 9 December 1919.
  • 58 Private Alexander Francis Fraser, a Clerk from North Quay, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 21 August 1914 in the 1st Light Horse Brigade Train and was discharged in the United Kingdom, 1 October 1919.
  • 141 Private Charles Edward Goddard, a Farmer from Rose Park, South Australia, enlisted for the AIF on 19 August 1914 in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 22 August 1919.
  • 419 Private James Daniel Hickey, a Bookkeeper from Ballarat, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 18 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 9 August 1919.
  • 79 Private Albert Victor Jayne, a Clerk from Brisbane, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 20 August 1914 in the 1st Light Horse Brigade Train and was discharged in the United Kingdom, 7 December 1919.
  • Vet Captain John Kendall, a Veterinary Surgeon from Shepparton, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 26 August 1914 in the 1st Divisional Ammunition Column and returned to Australia, 23 September 1919.
  • 60 Private Wilfred Selwyn Kent-Hughes, a Uni student from Toorak, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 17 August 1914 in the 7th Infantry Battalion and was discharged in the United Kingdom, 30 January 1920.
  • 128 Private William Kerr, a Grazier from Camperdown, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 22 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 15 November 1919.
  • 62 Private Launcelot Kirkley, a Painter from Maryborough, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 24 August 1914 in the 2nd Light Horse Regiment and was discharged in the United Kingdom, 31 December 1919.
  • 87 Driver Louis Lawrence, a Clerk from Toowoomba, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 20 August 1914 in the 1st Light Horse Brigade Train and was discharged in the United Kingdom, 12 October 1919.
  • 159 Private Walter Robert Lee, a Mechanic from Kooringa Burra, South Australia, enlisted for the AIF on 21 August 1914 in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 22 January 1920.
  • 404 Driver Alfred Amos Lovett, a Farmer from Orange, New South Wales, enlisted for the AIF on 1 September 1914 in the 1st Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 9 January 1920.
  • 317 Private Edward Allen Lucas, a Draper’s Mate from Balaklava, South Australia, enlisted for the AIF on 19 August 1914 in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and was discharged in the United Kingdom, 27 August 1919.
  • 444 Private William Lyons, a Carpenter from Westbury, Tasmania, enlisted for the AIF on 22 August 1914 in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 25 September 1919.
  • 464 Private Malcolm Keith MacDonald, a Clerk from Drummoyne, New South Wales, enlisted for the AIF on 22 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 1 December 1919.
  • 27 Private Charles Masters, a Stockman from Adelaide, South Australia, enlisted for the AIF on 19 August 1914 in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 22 August 1919.
  • 394 Sergeant Raymond Robert Matheson, a Farmer from Binni View, New South Wales, enlisted for the AIF on 22 August 1914 in the 1st Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 30 August 1919.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Arthur Maunder, a Public servant from Normanby, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 23 August 1914 in the 1st Light Horse Brigade Train and returned to Australia, 22 November 1919.
  • 178 Private Andrew McCartney, a Farmer from Forest Hill, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 22 August 1914 in the 2nd Light Horse Regiment and was discharged in Egypt, 31 August 1919.
  • 465 Private James Gordon McCallum, a Stock agent from Bendigo, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 23 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 13 November 1919.
  • 140 Private Angus Cameron McDonald, an Auctioneers agent from Maffra, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 19 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 31 March 1920.
  • 4 Lance Corporal George McGillivray, a Dairy inspector from Hawkesbury Collage, New South Wales, enlisted for the AIF on 20 August 1914 in the 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance and returned to Australia, 22 January 1920.
  • 300 Private Kenneth McKay, a Labourer from Mansfield, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 20 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 5 December 1919.
  • Vet Captain Louis Evander McKenzie, a Veterinary Surgeon from Geelong, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 20 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 1 November 1919.
  • 95 Farrier Charles Eric Morgan, a Clerk from Killarney, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 21 August 1914 in the 1st Light Horse Brigade Train and returned to Australia, 1 November 1919.
  • 312 Private Alexander William Morison, a Draper from Hamilton, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 22 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 12 September 1919.
  • 37 Private Reginald William Murphy, an Accountant from Kensington Park, South Australia, enlisted for the AIF on 19 August 1914 in the 10th Infantry Battalion and was discharged on 1 August 1919.
  • 321 Private George Frederick Musson, a Labourer from Broken Hill, New South Wales, enlisted for the AIF on 24 August 1914 in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 15 November 1919.
  • 186 Private Arthur Nicholson, a Salesman from Longreach, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 22 August 1914 in the 2nd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 24 January 1920.
  • 165 Private Frank David Organ, a Carpenter from Newmarket, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 18 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 15 November 1919.
  • 33 Private Norman Richard Owen, a Farm hand from Tarlee, South Australia, enlisted for the AIF on 19 August 1914 in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 23 September 1919.
  • 163 Private Stanley Raywood Owen, an Engine driver from Warrnambool, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 18 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 6 October 1919.
  • 178 Private Edward Poole, a Labourer from Kingston, South Australia, enlisted for the AIF on 25 August 1914 in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 26 August 1919.
  • 37 Private John Thomas Quinn, a Grocer from Camperdown, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 24 August 1914 in the 1st Division Headquarters and returned to Australia, 27 March 1920.
  • 486 Sergeant Norman Gordon Rae, a Farmer from Rochester, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 20 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 5 September 1919.
  • 38 Private Eric Goodwin Riddett, a Telephone Mechanic from South Kensington, New South Wales, enlisted for the AIF on 21 August 1914 in the 1st Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 21 August 1919.
  • 26 Driver Charles John Riley, a Butcher from Marryatville, South Australia, enlisted for the AIF on 19 August 1914 in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 22 August 1919.
  • 215 Sergeant William Victor Rule, a Traveller from Kapunda, South Australia, enlisted for the AIF on 19 August 1914 in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 9 August 1919.
  • 217 Sergeant Ross MacPherson Smith, a Warehouse man from Gilberton, South Australia, enlisted for the AIF on 19 August 1914 in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 12 November 1919 by aeroplane.
  • 342 Private William Stevenson, a Labourer from Violet Town, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 18 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 5 December 1919.
  • 143 Driver Arthur Upfield, a Bushman from Nudgee, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 22 August 1914 in the 1st Light Horse Brigade Train and was discharged in the United Kingdom, 15 October 1919.
  • 357 Private Percy John Vining, a Carrier from Yea, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 20 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 5 December 1919.
  • 211 Private Robert Wallace, a Timber Cutter from North Williamstown, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 19 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and was discharged in Egypt on 14 October 1919.
  • 225 Private Bevis Gerald White, a Famer from Monkland, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 25 August 1914 in the 2nd Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 25 August 1919.
  • Lieutenant  John Williams, a Clerk from Cairns, Queensland, enlisted for the AIF on 28 August 1914 in the 11th Infantry Battalion and returned to Australia, 7 November 1919.
  • 207 Private James Andrew Gratten Wilson, a Farmer from Warrnambool, Victoria, enlisted for the AIF on 19 August 1914 in the 4th Light Horse Regiment and returned to Australia, 23 August 1919.

 

The most notable man from this list was Ross MacPherson Smith, pictured above, whom along with his brother and two other men, flew from Britain to Australia in 1919. Another notable man was the literary luminary, 143 Driver Arthur Upfield, who rose to fame as a novelist specialising in crime and mystery. His sleuth was a part Aboriginal detective, Napoleon "Bony" Bonapart. [See: Arthur Upfield (1890-1964).]

 

Acknowledgement:

Special thanks are given to Steve Becker who has generously provided additional names for the list.

 


Citation: Light Horsemen who enlisted in 1914 and served over 5 years

Posted by Project Leader at 9:29 PM EAST
Updated: Saturday, 22 November 2008 8:35 AM EAST

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