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"At a mile distant their thousand hooves were stuttering thunder, coming at a rate that frightened a man - they were an awe inspiring sight, galloping through the red haze - knee to knee and horse to horse - the dying sun glinting on bayonet points..." Trooper Ion Idriess

The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre aims to present an accurate history as chroniclers of early Australian military developments from 1899 to 1920.

The Australian Light Horse Studies Centre site holds over 12,000 entries and is growing daily.

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WARNING: This site contains: names, information and images of deceased people; and, language which may be considered inappropriate today.

Monday, 9 July 2012
Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums, Boer War Aboriginal Servicemen, Album Contents
Topic: AAC-Photo Albums

Australian Service Personnel

Photograph Albums

Boer War Aboriginal Servicemen, Album Contents

 

Trooper King, Black Tracker, 1st ACH (NSW)

 

The following items are a miscellaneous collection of material relating to the various Aboriginal men who served in South Africa during the Boer War.

 

From the Desert Column Forum

The individual items listed below were considerably expanded on the Desert Column Forum to accept additional information regarding the various topics. These entries have been added as a distinct "desert-column" link beneath the Album entry.

 

Listings in the Album:

Trooper King

Trooper KING, Black Tracker, 1st ACH (NSW)

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11751#p11751

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11860#p11860

 

263 Private Arthur James PHILLIPS

A TROPER LOST IN THE BUSH

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11798#p11798

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11800#p11800

Medal Roll, 263 Private Arthur James PHILLIPS, 4VIB

263 Private Arthur James PHILLIPS, 4VIB, Medal Roll 1

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11951#p11951

Medal Roll, 263 Private Arthur James PHILLIPS, 4VIB

263 Private Arthur James PHILLIPS, 4VIB, Medal Roll 2

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11952#p11952

Medal Roll, 263 Private Arthur James PHILLIPS, 4VIB

263 Private Arthur James PHILLIPS, 4VIB, Medal Roll 3  

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11953#p11953

Summary of Evidence

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=12056#p12056

 

George Valder Report

George Valder Report, 1910, p. 14

Australian Aboriginal references in the George Valder Report, 1910, p. 14

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=12055#p12055

 

 

Further Reading:

2nd Anglo-Boer War, Battles

Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums

Australian Light Horse

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums, Boer War Aboriginal Servicemen, Album Contents

Posted by Project Leader at 6:55 PM EADT
Updated: Tuesday, 10 July 2012 12:44 PM EADT
Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums, Menangle Military Officers, Album Contents
Topic: AAC-Photo Albums

Australian Service Personnel

Photograph Albums

Menangle Military Officers, Album Contents

 

Menangle Military Camp, Officers, 1916.

 

The following album contains individual personnel photographs extracted from the above photograph. Each person has been identified coupled with a brief military biography.

From the Desert Column Forum

The individual items listed below were considerably expanded on the Desert Column Forum to accept additional information regarding the various topics. These entries have been added as a distinct "desert-column" link beneath the Album entry.

 

Listings per Album

Group Photograph

Menangle Military Camp, Officers, 1916

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11221#p11221

 

Back Row

Lieutenant John KEMP-BRUCE

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11760#p11760

Lieutenant Frank Birkbeck JACOB

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11761#p11761

Lieutenant Rollo Thor WILLIAMS

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11762#p11762

Lieutenant A BALTON

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11763#p11763

Lieutenant Henry William VENESS

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11764#p11764

Lieutenant RL GATES

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11765#p11765

Lieutenant Robert Valentine MOORE

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11766#p11766

Lieutenant Norman COPE

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11767#p11767

 

Middle Row

Lieutenant Clement Horace BATE

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11768#p11768

Lieutenant Milner Clyde BOWLEY

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11769#p11769

Lieutenant Dugald DRUMMOND

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11770#p11770

Lieutenant George Douglas DONKIN

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11771#p11771

Lieutenant Sydney Llewellyn MOLESWORTH

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11772#p11772

Lieutenant Robert Ernest MCCLELLAND

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11773#p11773

Lieutenant Joshua BAILEY

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11774#p11774

Lieutenant Charles HELY

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11775#p11775

Reverend Chaplain-Captain Alan Nicholas Procter COCKS

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11776#p11776

 

Front Row

Lieutenant Montagu David RUSSELL

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11777#p11777

Captain Selwyn Frederic BETTS

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11778#p11778

Captain Robert Henry MUNRO

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11779#p11779

Brigadier-General George Leonard LEE, CMG, DSO

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11780#p11780

Lieutenant-Colonel Robert William LENEHAN, VD

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11781#p11781

Lieutenant Charles Aitken MAYES

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11782#p11782

Lieutenant William SMITH, DSO

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11783#p11783

Captain Roy Arnold LOVEJOY

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11784#p11784

Reverend Chaplain-Captain William Clough BLACK

http://desert-column.phpbb3now.com/viewtopic.php?p=11785#p11785

 

 

Further Reading:

Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums

Australian Light Horse

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums, Menangle Military Officers, Album Contents

Posted by Project Leader at 9:45 AM EADT
Updated: Monday, 9 July 2012 11:21 AM EADT
Sunday, 8 July 2012
Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums, Boer War Correspondence, Album Contents
Topic: AAC-Photo Albums

Australian Service Personnel

Photograph Albums

Boer War Correspondence, Album Contents

 

Farewell party for 22936 Trooper George ELLIOTT, South African Light Horse

 

The following items are a miscellaneous collection of post cards sent by various men who served in South Africa during the Boer War.

 

Listings in the Album:

Farewell

425 Corporal Arthur Johnston ANTILL letter obverse

425 Corporal Arthur Johnston ANTILL letter reverse

425 Corporal Arthur Johnston ANTILL letter reverse - photograph

Sergeant Alfred Abraham BALDWIN portrait

Sergt. BALDWIN letter obverse

Sergt. BALDWIN letter reverse

Captain Charles James READE portrait

Captain Charles James READE letter obverse

Captain Charles James READE letter obverse - picture

 

Captain Charles James READE letter reverse

75 Trooper Robert Vernon BOSTOCK portrait

75 Trooper Robert Vernon BOSTOCK letter obverse

75 Trooper Robert Vernon BOSTOCK letter obverse - photograph

75 Trooper Robert Vernon BOSTOCK letter reverse

Lieutenant Colonel James ROWELL portrait

 

 

Further Reading:

2nd Anglo-Boer War, Battles

Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums

Australian Light Horse

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums, Boer War Correspondence, Album Contents

Posted by Project Leader at 5:44 PM EADT
Updated: Sunday, 8 July 2012 10:11 PM EADT
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums, Henry Devine MCLAY, Album Contents
Topic: AAC-Photo Albums

Australian Service Personnel

Photograph Albums

Henry Devine MCLAY, Album Contents

 

Henry Devine MCLAY

 

Henry Devine MCLAY

1st Term of Service

59 Private Henry Devine MCLAY was attested with the 1st Victorian Mounted Infantry. Our topic on this unit includes all the detail on this particular unit. Go to:

1st Victorian Mounted Infantry

http://alh-research.tripod.com/Light_Horse/index.blog?topic_id=1115606

 

59 Private Henry Devine MCLAY embarked for South Africa from Melbourne, Victoria, on the Medic, 28 October 1899. The rest of his service is as recorded in the topic.

Henry Devine MCLAY was a 21 year old boundary rider from Goornong, Victoria. He listed his next of kin as his mother Anne MCLAY living at Wilson's Hill, Marong, Victoria.

 

2nd Term of Service

564 Lance Corporal Henry Devine MCLAY was attested with the 2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse (Victoria). Our topic on this unit includes all the detail on this particular unit. Go to:

2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse (Victoria)

http://alh-research.tripod.com/Light_Horse/index.blog?topic_id=1115607

 

564 Lance Corporal Henry Devine MCLAY embarked for South Africa from Melbourne, Victoria, on the Medic, 12 February 1902. The rest of his service is as recorded in the topic.

Henry Devine MCLAY was a 23 year old boundary rider from Goornong, Victoria. He listed his next of kin as his mother Anne MCLAY living at Wilson's Hill, Marong, Victoria.

Henry Devine MCLAY was awarded the Queen's South African Medal with four bars; Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal and 1902.

 

Listings in the Album

Henry Devine MCLAY

Henry Devine MCLAY, headshot

Unidentified Corporal (left) 59 Private Henry Devine MCLAY (right)

59 Private Henry Devine MCLAY

Unidentified Corporal

Victorian Rangers Uniform

Unidentified Corporal (left) 59 Private Henry Devine MCLAY (right)

59 Private Henry Devine MCLAY letter

Henry Devine MCLAY and Family

 

 

Further Reading:

1st Victorian Mounted Infantry

2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse (Victoria)

Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums

Australian Light Horse

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums, Henry Devine MCLAY, Album Contents

Posted by Project Leader at 12:11 PM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 7 July 2012 12:13 PM EADT
Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums, HAHN's Postcard, Port Said Rest Camp, 5 August 1917, Service Stories, Album Contents
Topic: AAC-Photo Albums

Australian Service Personnel

Photograph Albums

HAHN's Postcard, Port Said Rest Camp, 5 August 1917, Album Contents

 

Port Said Rest Camp, 5 August 1917

 

The following album contains extracts from a postcard sent by 264 Sergeant Howard James HAHN, a 27 year old Labourer from Adelaide, South Australia. He enlisted on 20 October 1914 and was allotted to 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF, "B" Squadron, which embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A10 Karroo 11 February 1915.; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 10 July 1919.

This particular picture relates to the Port Said Rest Camp. To set the scene illustrated in the obverse of the primary photograph which was taken at Port Said Rest Camp on 4 August 1917, we need to fill in some of the background to how this camp came about and what was there during August 1917.

Owing to the increasingly poor health of the men of the Desert Mounted Corps, under the trying conditions in which they were working, Colonel Downes, A.,D.M.S. AI.F. in Egypt, recommended that they should all be given a change and rest for an appreciable period. The G.O.C. A.I.F. in Egypt (Lieut. General Sir H. Chauvel) took the matter up and it was decided that a rest camp on the seaside should be established, and that all the mounted troops of the Desert Corps, English and New Zealanders, as well as Australians should partake of its benefits. Two sites were suggested:

    (1) Port Said.

    (2) El Arish.

Port Said was decided upon after both placed were inspected and reported on by Lieut. Buckland. At Port Said the men would get a more complete change than in the desert at El Arish.

Sanitation could be very satisfactorily dealt with as the camp site was near a main sewer. Good roads surrounded the camp on all sides so that transport was simplified. The site was only 120 yards from the sea, and there was a splendid beach in front of it. It was decided that the Camp should accommodate 700 men at a time, that they should have eight clear days in the Camp and that this should take the place of leave to Cairo and Alexandria.

The men in the leave party were to receive special leave pay at the rate of fifty piastres per day for ranks under corporal and other ranks to receive pay in proportion.

£10,000 was to be provided by the Y.M.C.A. for Kitchens, huts and amusements.

Close to the Camp also was the Empire Club, under the charge of Mrs Chisholm, which offered many advantages to the men.

Huts etc. could not be built before the first party from the desert arrived , which was to take place on August 1st 1917, so provision was made to start the camp under canvas.

The whole of the Staff working at the Camp, consisted of "B" class men, and were taken from Australian and New Zealand Training Camp, Moascar.

The Camp was opened on 1 August 1917, and the first batch of 700 men arrived. On arrival the men received tea and cakes from the YMCA, were de1oused, and their blankets were taken from them for disinfection. New blankets were already in their tents, and after a swim, they had a good meal in the Camp. Five men were allotted to each tent, which all ready for occupation.

Satisfactory temporary sanitation was provided, and extra flush latrines and showers were in the course of erection.

The kitchens were complete but not in full running order. The meat house was not quite completed.

Stalls for boot cleaning, barber's shops etc. were situated on vacant land close to the camp site, and were under the control of the Camp Commandant.

No AIF canteen was established as men could make use of local shops, Y.M.C.A. and Empire club.

Arab Town was placed out of bounds, but as a safeguard a venereal prophylactic tent was established.

Copies of Camp Standing Orders were placed in conspicuous places in the camp, and the men were warned about local bars and eating houses. Certain of these were put out of bounds and others after inspection were allowed to be used.

By this stage in the war, it was recognised that the men would do pretty well what they liked on leave and to save loss of soldiers to disease, precautions could be taken. The venereal prophylactic tent (a quaint way to describe a condom distribution centre) was one clear illustration that blaming the soldier or the prostitutes was not the way to halt the transmission of disease.

This outline sets the scene for the following entries.

Listings in the Album

Main Photograph

Port Said Rest Camp, 5 August 1917, Obverse

Port Said Rest Camp, 5 August 1917, Reverse

 

Personnel

Arnold RUMBALL

Reginald Gordon RIDOUT

Sidney Michael LEWIS

Howard James HAHN

Howard James HAHN, Mentioned in Despatches Certificate

Joseph Raymond FORRESTER

Headley Ennis HALLIDAY

 

Rest Camps

Establishment of a Base Depot Camp at Port Said, 11 October 1917

 

 

Further Reading:

9th Light Horse Regiment, AIF

Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums

Australian Light Horse

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Australian Service Personnel, Photograph Albums, HAHN's Postcard, Port Said Rest Camp, 5 August 1917, Service Stories, Album Contents

Posted by Project Leader at 11:02 AM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 7 July 2012 11:52 AM EADT

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