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Sunday, 14 March 2010
Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Contents
Topic: AIF - Wireless Sqn

Wls Sig Sqn, AIF

Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF

Contents

 

Wireless Squadron canvass drop sheet painted with the emblem

[Burke, K., ed., With horse and morse in Mesopotamia: the story of Anzacs in Asia, p. 23.]

 

Items

Outline

 

History

 

Embarkation

Full Roll

Embarkation Roll, Roll: A - Z 

Individual

Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Embarkation Roll

2nd Reinforcement

3rd Reinforcement

4th Reinforcement

5th Reinforcement

6th Reinforcement 

7th Reinforcement

8th Reinforcement

Special Reinforcement Kyarra Group

Special Reinforcement Indarra Group

Special Reinforcement Wiltshire Group

Special Reinforcement Ormonde Group

Special Reinforcement Pakeha Group

Special Reinforcement Port Darwin Group

Special Reinforcement Malta Group

 

Personnel

Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF,  Francis Patrick O'Dea

 

 

Unit history

Burke, K., ed., With horse and morse in Mesopotamia: the story of Anzacs in Asia, Sydney, 1927.

 

Roll of Honour

Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Roll of Honour

Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

Australian Wireless Squadron

Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Roll of Honour

Light Horse Signal Service, AIF

Light Horse Signal Service, AIF, Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Contents

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Friday, 19 March 2010 10:46 PM EADT
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Roll of Honour
Topic: AIF - Wireless Sqn

Wls Sig Sqn, AIF

Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF

Roll of Honour


Poppies on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial, Canberra

 

The Roll of Honour contains the names of all the men enrolled within the Australian Light Horse Signal Service, AIF known to have served and lost their lives during the Great War.

 

Roll of Honour

Cecil Frederick ALLEN, Died of Disease, 5 August 1918, 1 Australian and New Zealand Wireless Signal Squadron.

 

Lawrence Marquess COURTNEY, Died of Disease, 6 December 1917, 1 Australian (Wireless) Signal Squadron.

 

Leonard Charles ELIAS, Died of Disease, 29 April 1917, 1 Australian (Wireless) Signal Squadron.


Darrell Elwyn Hodgson FOWLER, Died of Disease, 22 January 1918, 1 Australian (Wireless) Signal Squadron.

 

Albert Reginald Stanley GARTRELL, Died of Disease, 26 March 1916, 1 Australian (Wireless) Signal Squadron.

Alfred William GLUYAS, Died of Disease, 26 September 1918, 1 Australian (Wireless) Signal Squadron.

 

Herbert Victor MASTERS, Died of Accident, 15 April 1918, 1 Australian and New Zealand Wireless Signal Squadron.

Jack MAYCOCK, Died of Disease, 20 July 1916, 1 Australian (Wireless) Signal Squadron.

 

Albert NEWMAN, Died of Disease, 7 October 1916, 1 Australian (Wireless) Signal Squadron.

 

Frederick George PIKE, Died of Disease, 15 November 1917, 1 Australian (Wireless) Signal Squadron.

Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

Australian Wireless Squadron

Light Horse Signal Service, AIF

Light Horse Signal Service, AIF, Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Roll of Honour

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Thursday, 11 March 2010 12:11 AM EAST
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Francis Patrick O'Dea
Topic: AIF - Wireless Sqn

Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF

Francis Patrick O'Dea

 

Francis Patrick O'Dea

 

 

A brief military biography of Francis Patrick O'Dea.

Regimental number14253
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationWireless Operator
AddressAscot Vale, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Patrick O'Dea, Maldon, Victoria
Enlistment date4 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentSignaller
Unit nameAustralian Wireless Squadron 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/16/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Morea on 30 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollWO2
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Wireless Signal Squadron
FateReturned to Australia 15 January 1919

 

A short history of Frank O'Dea - Andrew Needham

My grandfather was Frank O'Dea. He was originally born in Diggers Rest outside Melbourne and was the son of the local station master. My mother says he learnt to ride fairly early in life and could ride around a paddock bareback.

He joined the citizen forces in 1911 and was trained as a wireless operator. At the outbreak of the war he was recruited as a wireless operator for the RAN Radio Service and was posted to the troop ship HMAT A53 Itria under the umbrella of the RAN Transport Service. However, despite the RAN involvement, he would have sailed under merchant marine articles. At that time wireless was still "cutting edge technology".

 

Francis Patrick O'Dea, Wireless Operator, Itria.

 

Itria was fitted as a troop ship to carry horses and carried members the ALH and their horses to the middle east as part of the third convoy in February 1915. She sailed with a total of 207 men, 5 sergeants and 7 officers from the 2nd and 5th ALH along with 250 horses plus an officer from the AAMC and an officer from the AAVC. I'm not sure how many crew Itria carried. The ALH troops and horses were disembarked at Suez on 26-3-15. Itria then proceeded to Alexandria and was subsequently involved with the Gallipoli campaign. An order from Gen Birdwood had several of the Australian troop ships given new numbers for the duration of the campaign and Itria became A20.


I have not identified which troops Itria took to Gallipoli but the ship, and hence my grandfather, were standing off ANZAC on the morning of 25th April. I have several pictures that he took from the deck of nearby naval ships firing onto the shore.

From what I’ve read in the history of Gallipoli, the medical services were grossly inadequate and there is mention of ships that were designed to take horses and with no medical officer on board having to receive the wounded. Obviously several ships other than Itria would fit that description but it is likely they had to take wounded under very poor conditions. He had several pictures of pinnaces carrying wounded which would go along with this.

After this Itria would have been something of a ferry moving troops and supplies of all sorts. My grandfather took photos of French Senegalese troops embarking Itria to be taken to Gallipoli. Apparently they didn't fare well as their bright uniforms made them good targets for the Turks. I doubt they knew what they were getting into because one picture shows they were taking a bicycle with them!

Itria and my grandfather were present at a number of major events other than the original ANZAC landing. In August Itria took the RAN Bridging Train to the Suvla landings arriving at 5am on 8 Aug 1915 and was caught up in the shambles that Suvla became. Bean's official history remarks on "repeated wireless messages" from Itria trying to get orders to unload the RANBT and that shrapnel was continually falling on the deck. Apparently a German aircraft also tried to bomb the ships but it's not clear how much attention was paid to Itria. Itria was later at the Suvla evacuation and one of my grandfather's photos shows the glow and smoke from burning stores on the shore as the ships pulled away.

Itria returned to Australia in 1916 but my grandfather left the ship in Melbourne in April 1916 as he had been recruited for the newly formed 1st ANZAC Wireless Signal Squadron. His Regimental Number was 14253.

As far as I can find out, the wireless squadron was the first ever military signals unit anywhere specifically dedicated to wireless and was one of very few truly ANZAC units as it had a mix of both Australians and New Zealanders by design. The wireless squadron members were mounted troops but were strictly classed as engineers. Because they were mounted they are frequently [and incorrectly] assumed to have been light horse. They were using mobile wireless sets: the larger ones could be moved in a cart while the smaller sets could be broken down and moved on pack horses.

The wireless squadron had been formed to handle communications in the British campaign that ran up through Mesopotamia and into Persia and the unit disembarked in Basra in July 1916. Very few Australians know this campaign existed or that Anzacs were involved. The basis of the campaign was that Britain was worried that the Russians would withdraw from the area due to increasing political instability in Russia leaving Persia open as a route for the Germans to attack India.

The wireless squadron was formed into a number of individual "wireless troops" and generally one wireless troop would be attached to the campaign headquarter and while other wireless troops would follow the main forces repeatedly setting up and then moving their wireless sets again to send and receive messages as the columns moved. In the case of a battle the wireless would be set up close to the action to send and receive messages as the battle progressed. The wireless masts were easily visible to the enemy and frequently drew artillery fire.

My grandfather's particular troop was primarily attached to the HQ and after they entered Baghdad he would have spent a significant amount of time intercepting Turkish wireless signals.

The Russians were also using wireless but Anzac wireless squadron troops were sent to handle signals in English. My grandfather's troops took their turn to tag along with the Russians in Persia in April 1917.

The situation in Persia was very chaotic at that time. The Russian troops were not being paid or supplied and they were in disarray. They would raid civilian markets to pirate provisions then on other days they would trade their equipment for food. The region was in famine, no doubt due to various armies moving though the area plus there was an exodus of Armenian refugees fleeing Turkish massacres.

While moving through the mountain passes my grandfathers unit narrowly missed being killed in an ambush because one of their carts needed to be repaired making them lag behind the small Russian column they were moving with. When they caught up to the Russians they were being attacked by a group of Kurds and had suffered heavy casualties. One of the wireless troop members rode into the middle of the fight and emptied his rifle at the Kurds. That man was Sgt S Ryan who was subsequently awarded the DCM, I haven't been able to access his citation but I suspect it was for this action.

Given the circumstances it isn't surprising that the Russians were cut off from the British forces in Mesopotamia and my grandfather's troop was out of contact for so long that they were given up for dead and another troop formed to replace them. This makes tracking the history difficult because my grandfather's troop was "A troop" and the replacement troop was also called "A troop" [subsequently the grandfather's troop was redesignated "AA troop"].

1st ANZAC Wireless Signal Squadron at Kermanshah, Persia, July 1917.

 

This period is succinctly noted in my grandfather's service record as "attached to Russians in Persia". I have little detail on what happened during much of this period but the unit history makes an obtuse reference to "adventures" so it's anyone’s guess. Two things really catch my interest, firstly that he kept a photo of a very beautiful young Russian woman who he thought was a Russian noble fleeing the situation back home. We really have no idea who she was but my grandmother used to joke that she was Princess Anastasia [though we know that cannot be correct]. Second, that long after the war he saw a biblical movie and commented on the way out of the cinema that they'd got Mt Ararat all wrong, that it was much more rugged than they'd shown it and he knew so because he'd seen it. Of course there are many purported sites for Mt Ararat but it begs the question which one he'd seen.

The AA troop spent Christmas 1917 in Kermanshah and were treated to Christmas dinner by a British couple, the husband being the local representative of the Imperial Bank of Persia. I've seen a small card from that dinner signed by almost all the men and was fascinated to see they dined on ibex.

My grandfather and his troop returned to Baghdad 17 January 1918.

By chance I found a diary from an English soldier from the 1/4 Hampshire Rgt, Arthur James Foster, posted on the net who records the Aussies appearing down a mountain pass coming out of Persia. I can't properly reference it because the diary has been removed from the net but I will quote it anyway because I really like it:

"Some time passed then we saw some horsemen approaching. When they came up, they were seen to be Anzacs, and their limbers carried a wireless set. Hardy and resolute they looked as they rode in - where they came from and the circumstances of their appearance right up here in the Persian hills is obscure. I have heard that they were operating with some Russians up country, and had to sneak away."


After his return he was made the squadron SSM but had to be invalided to India because he had malaria and he did not return to Mesopotamia. After repatriation to Australia he was promoted to WO II before his discharge in April 1919.

My grandfather never had much to say about his WW1 service and I lot of what I now is from my research. Not infrequently he's say "Johnny Turk was alright" and that you could open a can of bully beef with a bayonet but not much more. He could fix a radio but wouldn't elaborate on how he'd learnt to do it but he taught my brother Morse Code and semaphore for his scout proficiency badges. And he never rode a horse again the rest of his life.

 

Acknowledgement: Many thanks are given to Andrew Needham for providing a biography and photographs about his Grandfather,  Francis Patrick O'Dea.

Photogaph captioned "1st ANZAC Wireless Signal Squadron at Kermanshah, Persia, July 1917." - AWM P00562.062

 

Further Reading:

Australian Wireless Squadron

Where Australians Fought - Mesopotamia

 


Citation: Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF,  Francis Patrick O'Dea

Posted by Project Leader at 2:19 PM EADT
Updated: Thursday, 28 May 2009 4:57 PM EADT
Friday, 17 June 2005
Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Embarkation Roll, Roll: A - Z
Topic: AIF - Wireless Sqn

Wls Sig Sqn, AIF

Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF

Embarkation Roll: A - Z

 

 

The following is a composite alphabetical roll of all members of Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF who are known to have embarked overseas during the Great War.

Each man is listed with:

Service Number

Rank at Embarkation

First Names

Family Name

If applicable, the false name used

 

Notes

Note 1: All soldiers’ names are linked to the specific unit and date when embarkation occurred. By utilising the link, upon the Embarkation Roll is a brief military biography of the individual. Also on the page are details and picture of the ship in which embarkation occurred for that specific soldier.

Note 2: There are duplications of some names in the following list. The reason for this is that the soldier embarked on more than one occasion. This was the simplest way of resolving the problem of multiple entries for a single individual.

Note 3: In comparing this roll with the official Embarkation Rolls published by the Department of Defence during the Great War, it will be noticed that some names are absent. The reason for this lies in the fact that when the official Embarkation Rolls were compiled, last minute absentees for one reason or another were recorded as embarking whereas in actuality, no embarkation occurred. In addition, there are other names that have been included that do not appear in the official Embarkation Rolls and yet they embarked with that particular group.

 

Finding more about a service person.


Embarkation Roll: A - Z

 

George Robert William ALEXANDER.

Cecil Frederick ALLEN.

Stanley Victor ALLEN.

Harold ARMSTRONG.

Herbert ARMSTRONG.

 

Thomas William Charles BANNISTER.

George BARBOUR.

Frederick Andrew John BARKER.

Stanley Roy BARRATT.

Arthur Reginald BARRETT.

William Christopher BARRY.

Edward Maurice Darvall BARTON.

Kendall Eric Hilton McLennan BATES.

Arthur Joseph BEARUP.

Richard Henry Norman BEDINGFELD.

Thomas Henry BELL.

Mervyn Roy BENHAM.

Walter Thomas BERRY.

Cecil Ernest BINGHAM.

Harold Martin BJORN.

Frank BLAXLAND.

Stephen Charles BODINNAR.

Alexander BORLAND.

Leslie Charles BOUSTEAD.

Francis BRADBURY.

William Lawrence BREE.

John Henry BRIER.

George Arthur BRIGHT.

Charles William BROWN.

Stafford Brighton BROWN.

William Lawrence BROWN.

William Barry BROWNE.

George Richmond BRYANT.

Ernest Lewis BUDDS.

Roy Walker BUNSTON.

Angus William Wesley BURCHALL.

John Cecil BYRNES.

 

Edwin CALDECOTT.

Andrew Theodore CALLAGHAN.

Gordon CALLINGHAM.

Alfred Robert CAMERON.

George Alexander CAMERON.

Cyril Thomas CAMPION.

Herbert Victor CANAVAN.

George CARNEY.

Peter CHALMERS.

David John Blakemore CHAPMAN.

William Alexander CHAPMAN.

William Keith CHAPMAN.

Geoffrey Joseph Justin CHAPPEL.

Edward George CHEESEMAN.

Robert Christopher CHUGG.

Edward CLANCY.

Leslie Henry Charles CLARK.

Robert CLARK.

Robert CLARK.

Roy McMillan CLARK.

John Robert CLARKE.

Bruce CLEMENTS.

Arthur Lachlan COCHRAN.

Herbert Bede CODY.

John Livingstone COGAN.

Edward Kealy COMERFORD.

Lawrence Marquess COURTNEY.

Lewis Adrian COX.

Alfred Nicholas CRAIG.

Ramsey Radcliffe CRELLIN.

Alfred Kenneth CUMMINS.

Richard CURRIE.

Cornelius Francis CURTIN.

 

Harry Alexander DAVIDSON.

William John Fraser DAVIDSON.

Stuart Evans DAVIS.

Patrick joseph DAVOREN.

John Henry DENHAM.

William Archibald DHU.

William Valentine DICK.

Charles DILLON.

Charles Frederick Musgrave DIXON.

Victor Thomas DOLLERY.

Kevin Wilson DOWNEY.

Edward James DOYLE.

Paul DRACHUK.

Benjamin Eric DUFF.

 

Jack EATON.

Leonard Charles ELIAS.

Thomas Digby ELLIOTT.

James Robert ELSTON.

Harold ESPIE.

George Henry EVANS.

 

Edward Downton FAREY.

Edgar Richard FARQUHARSON.

Horace FITZGERALD.

Jim FITZGERALD.

Arthur Sydney FITZHENRY.

Owen Paschal Joseph FLANAGAN .

Maxwell Addison FLOWER.

Percy Samuel FORSYTH.

Robert FORSYTH.

Robert FORSYTH.

Darrell Elwyn Hodgson FOWLER.

 

Arthur Edward GAILEY.

Arthur Orlando GALL.

George Robert GARDINER.

David James GARLAND.

Edward Claude GIBSON.

John GILES.

George GILLOW.

Earle Rupert GILSENAN.

Henry George GOLDSMITH.

Arthur Leslie GORDON.

St George Arthur GORE.

Harold Douglas GOSSIP.

Chrisopher Thomas Frow GOY.

Fred GRAHAM.

William John GRAY.

Edward Clifford GRIGG.

 

John Charles HALDEN.

Francis Robert HALLIDAY.

Frederick HARRISS.

Everard Roy HARVEY.

James Mervyn HARVEY.

Horse Lindly HAWKINS.

Frederick William Herbert HAY.

Alfred William HAYES.

Fawcett Dinsdale HEAD.

Clarence Austin HEATH.

John Gordon HENDERSON.

Norman Charles HENSE.

Michael James HILLARY.

Norman John HINWOOD.

Robert James HODGKINSON.

George Thomas HOLMES.

Arnold HOLST.

Frederick William HURST.

Clifton Edward Fielder HYDE.

Alexander Charles IRELAND.

 

Henry Shepherd ISAACS.

 

Harold James JACKSON.

John JACKSON.

Leslie Saunders JERRAMS.

Archibald John JOEL.

Allen Percival JOHNSTON.

James JOHNSTON.

Wilfred Alexander JOHNSTON.

Charles JONES.

Henry Herbert JONES.

Albert Victor JURY.

 

Norman Charles KEABLE.

Ronald Harwood KENNEDY.

Basil Hewlett KEOGH.

Eustace Graham KEOGH.

James KERIN.

David Matthew KING.

George Henry KING.

Joseph Freebury KING.

Cecil Milton KIRCHUBEL.

John Herbert KNIGHT.

Vernon KUGELMANN.

 

Austin Herbert LANDER.

Sydney Norman LARDEN.

Charles LAVERTY.

Alexander LENNOX.

Norman Fitzmaurice LESLIE.

Reginald Michael LEVY.

Alexander Walter LOCHRIN.

Thomas Arthur LOFTHOUSE.

William James LOFTUS.

William Victor Joseph LONGTON.

Thomas Clyde LOOKE.

William Burton LOWTHER.

Henry Edward LYTTON.

 

Harold Joseph Cyril MAGIN.

George Ephriam MANSFIELD.

Charles William Clanan MARR.

Reginald Percy MARSHALL.

Leonard George MARTIN.

Christopher John MATHEWS.

Jack MAYCOCK.

Allen McDonald MAYGER.

John Patrick Thomas McAULIFFE.

Oliver Linden Roy McCANCE.

Daniel McCARTHY.

Fitzroy McCARTHY.

James Hughes McCUSKER.

Clarence Roderick McDONALD.

Norman Thomas McDONELL.

John Thomas McDOUGALL.

Charles Clark McGIFFIN.

Hector George McINTOSH.

John William McKENDRY.

James Alan McKENNY.

Percival Stuart McKENZIE.

John Norbert McLACHLAN.

John Joseph McMAHON.

Charles Ernest McMINN.

Robert McPHERSON.

Percival Albert MESSENGER.

Arthur METCALFE.

Charles Norman MILLAR.

Dennis Ramsay MILLEN.

John Angus MILLER.

Donald McCombie MILNE.

Robert James MILSON.

Alfred Hugh MINCHIN.

Albert Henry MITCHELL.

Allen Roy MOORE.

Robert Frederick MOORE.

Edward Victor MORIARTY.

Alexander Joseph MORRISH.

George MORRISON.

Wilfred Arthur MOSS.

Leslie Joseph MULLENS.

Joseph Allen MULLINS.

Hector Brinson MURDOCH.

James Ernest MURRAY.

 

Thomas James NASH.

Louis Victor Augustus NELSON.

William Barton NELSON.

Albert NEWMAN.

Cecil Edward Sale NEWTON.

Lewis David NICHOLAS.

Maurice Anthony NODIN.

Ellis NOLAN.

 

John Martin O'BRIEN.

John Glendon O'CONNOR.

Leonard Coumbe O'DANIEL.

Francis Patrick O'DEA.

Irwin Aubrey O'DONNELL.

James Joseph O'DONOHUE.

Patrick James O'MEARA.

Ernest Ralph ORR.

 

Francis Robert PAGE.

Gilbert Alexander PARKER.

Aubrey Reginald PARSONS.

Leslie John Donald PATTLE.

Alfred Hains PEAD.

Clifton Robert PERCY.

Bernard Magnus PETERSON.

Stanley Alexander PHILLIPS.

Frederick George PIKE.

George James PORTER.

Edgar Owen PRENTICE.

George PRICE.

Edward PRITCHARD.

John PYE.

 

Walter Alexander QUINN.

 

Harold Victor RANDALL.

Clifford Lawler RAY.

Henry Francis RAYMOND.

Alexander Gordon READ.

Norman Noble REILLY.

William Lawton REINZ.

Daniel RENNEBERG.

Arthur John REYNOLDS.

Charles Herbert RICHARDSON.

Harold Colwell RITCHIE.

Rupert ROBERTS.

Liston John ROBERTSON.

George Arthur ROLFE.

Henry John RUSSELL.

William John RUTLEDGE.

Sylvester John RYAN.

Sylvester John RYAN.

Terence RYAN.

 

George Henry SALTER.

Arthur Parsonage SCARFE.

Roy Francis Kenny SCOTT.

Reginald Regis SHANAHAN.

William Henry SHAW.

Liniel Edgar Arthur SHIELDS.

Arthur Clive SILBY.

Benjamin Joseph SIMES.

Alexander Thomas SIMPSON.

Victor William John SKINNER.

Charles Henry Horace SKITTRALL.

William Thomas SMALL.

Cecil John SMART.

Arthur William Gordon SMITH.

Aubrey Erskine SMITH.

James Richard SMITH.

Robert Percy SMITH.

Stanley SMITH.

Wilfred Roland SMITH.

Percy Stewart SNUDDEN.

Ritchie Isbister STANGER.

George Aubrey STANLEY.

Jackson STUART.

Alexander Ernest SUMMERS.

Alexander Robert SUTHERLAND.

Willie SWINDELLS.

 

Thomas Henry TARGETT.

Ernest Arthur THOMAS.

Sydney William Stephenson THOMAS.

George Laidlow THOMPSON.

John Frank THOMSON.

John George TIBBETT.

Frank TIPPING.

Lionel Knox TREZISE.

Reginald Harold Edwin TULLOH.

 

Harold Gordon ULLETT.

 

Henry Augustus VALENTINE.

Arthur George VERNEY.

Lawrence Joseph VICK.

Dawson Sydney VINDIN.

 

James Edward WALL.

Robert Ray WALLACE.

William Stanley WALSH.

Harold Bertram WALTER.

William Young WARRINER.

Beresford McEwan WATSON.

Henry WATSON.

George Royston Allan WATTS.

Ernest WEBB.

James William WEST.

Bryan WHITE.

Samuel James WHITE.

John Edward WHITELAW.

Leslie Willis WIDDICOMBE.

Patrick Joseph Thomas WILD.

James Henry WILKEN.

Vernon WILKINSON.

James Harold WILLIS.

Edward Walter WILLSHIRE.

Allen John WILSON.

Gordon McLeod WILSON.

Edward WINTER.

Clifford William WINTERBOTHAM.

Cecil Noel WOODS.

 

George YOUNG.

 


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:

Australian Wireless Squadron

Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Roll of Honour

Light Horse Signal Service, AIF

Light Horse Signal Service, AIF, Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Embarkation Roll, Roll: A - Z

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Saturday, 20 March 2010 9:58 AM EADT
Friday, 10 June 2005
Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Embarkation Roll
Topic: AIF - Wireless Sqn

Wls Sig Sqn, AIF

Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF

Embarkation Roll

 

RMS Morea

 

Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Morea on 30 May 1916.

The RMS Morea weighed 10,890 tons with an average cruise speed of 16 knots or 29.63 kmph. It was owned by the P & O SN Co, London. 

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.

See: Navigating the National Archives Service File 

 

Embarkation Roll

14266 Sapper Herbert ARMSTRONG, a 22 year old Clerk from Petersham, New South Wales. He enlisted on 6 December 1915; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 27 March 1918

 

15986 Sapper William Christopher BARRY, a 25 year old Clerk from Port Macquarie, New South Wales. He enlisted on 1 March 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14339 Sapper Arthur Joseph BEARUP, a 20 year old Telegraphist from Mt Surprise, Queensland. He enlisted on 1 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14267 Sapper Richard Henry Norman BEDINGFELD, a 31 year old Clerk from Waverley, New South Wales. He enlisted on 9 March 1916; and subsequently was Discharged in Iraq, 13 September 1917

14280 Driver Frank BLAXLAND, a 26 year old Grazier from Currabubula, New South Wales. He enlisted on 28 February 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 16 August 1918

14276 C/Smith Stephen Charles BODINNAR, a 24 year old Coach smith from St Arnaud, Victoria. He enlisted on 4 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

 

14259 Sapper Andrew Theodore CALLAGHAN, a 21 year old Telegraphist from Ballina, New South Wales. He enlisted on 30 March 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14360 Sapper Robert Christopher CHUGG, a 20 year old Leather salesman from Kew, Victoria. He enlisted on 6 March 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 18 August 1918

14265 Sapper Roy McMillan CLARK, a 24 year old Telephone mechanic from North Sydney, New South Wales. He enlisted on 3 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14283 Driver Edward Kealy COMERFORD, a 28 year old Station hand from Burwood, New South Wales. He enlisted on 3 April 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 30 March 1918

14351 Driver Lewis Adrian COX, a 19 year old Bank Clerk from Caulfield, Victoria. He enlisted on 4 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14334 Sapper Ramsey Radcliffe CRELLIN, a 25 year old Telegraphist from Caulfield, Victoria. He enlisted on 28 February 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 22 January 1917

14273 Sapper Charles DILLON, a 42 year old Engineer from Peermon via Cairns, Queensland. He enlisted on 3 April 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 6 August 1918

 

14286 Driver Leonard Charles ELIAS, a 30 year old Station hand from Summer Hill, New South Wales. He enlisted on 30 March 1916; and subsequently Died of Disease, 29 April 1917

14324 Farrier Sergeant James Robert ELSTON, a 40 year old Farrier from Preston, Victoria. He enlisted on 14 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 15 January 1919

 

14255 Corporal Horace FITZGERALD, a 27 year old Electrical Engineer from Redfern, New South Wales. He enlisted on 13 March 1916; but was not taken on strength and subsequently was Returned to Australia, 13 August 1916

14262 Sapper Arthur Sydney FITZHENRY, a 21 year old Bank Clerk from Ultimo, New South Wales. He enlisted on 12 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14414 Driver Percy Samuel FORSYTH, an 18 year old Farmer from Flinders, Queensland. He enlisted on 11 December 1915; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 13 April 1919

15984 Sapper Robert FORSYTH, a 39 year old Storeman from Fairfield, New South Wales. He enlisted on 13 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

 

14289 Sapper Henry George GOLDSMITH, a 28 year old Orchardist from Launceston, Tasmania. He enlisted on 2 July 1915; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 21 April 1918

14279 Driver St George Arthur GORE, a 29 year old Grazier from Karrawendi, Elor, via Armidale, New South Wales. He enlisted on 28 February 1916; and subsequently was Discharged in Iraq, 11 October 1917

14254 Corporal Edward Clifford GRIGG, a 21 year old Grain Merchant from Moonie Ponds, Victoria. He enlisted on 11 December 1915; and subsequently was Discharged in India, 15 October 1917

 

14256 Driver Everard Roy HARVEY, a 19 year old Clerk from Roseville, New South Wales. He enlisted on 1 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 5 March 1919

14281 Driver Horse Lindly HAWKINS, a 28 year old Carpenter from Paddington, New South Wales. He enlisted on 7 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14325 Sergeant Fawcett Dinsdale HEAD, a 25 year old Teacher from Mont Albert, Victoria. He enlisted on 8 February 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 16 August 1918

14323 QMS Clarence Austin HEATH, a 30 year old Labourer from Fitzroy, Victoria. He enlisted on 23 September 1915; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 11 February 1918

14277 Driver John Gordon HENDERSON, a 31 year old Grain merchant from Strathfield, New South Wales. He enlisted on 30 March 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 30 March 1918

14342 Sapper Arnold HOLST, an 18 year old Electrician from Caulfield, Victoria. He enlisted on 2 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14261 Sapper Frederick William HURST, a 25 year old Clerk from Mosman, New South Wales. He enlisted on 30 March 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

 

14358 Driver Leslie Saunders JERRAMS, a 26 year old Cheese maker from Toorak, Victoria. He enlisted on 11 January 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 5 March 1919

14345 Sapper Archibald John JOEL, a 25 year old Electrical Engineer from Williamstown, Victoria. He enlisted on 8 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 6 May 1919

14336 Sapper Allen Percival JOHNSTON, a 22 year old Telegraphist from Garden Vale, Victoria. He enlisted on 15 March 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14282 Driver Charles JONES, a 27 year old Station hand from Toongabbie, New South Wales. He enlisted on 3 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14392 Sapper Albert Victor JURY, an 18 year old Postal worker from Minlaton, South Australia. He enlisted on 22 January 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

 

14352 Driver Ronald Harwood KENNEDY, a 22 year old Telegraph mechanic from East Brunswick, Victoria. He enlisted on 13 April 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 21 November 1916

14353 Driver Basil Hewlett KEOGH, a 24 year old Electrician from Footscray, New South Wales. He enlisted on 20 March 1916; and subsequently was Discharged in India, 15 May 1918

 

14284 Driver Sydney Norman LARDEN, a 31 year old Surveyors assistant from Balmain, New South Wales. He enlisted on 8 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 13 April 1919

14344 Sapper Reginald Michael LEVY, a 25 year old Electrical Engineer from St Kilda, New South Wales. He enlisted on 19 February 1916; and subsequently was Discharged in India, 20 May 1918

14274 Sapper Thomas Arthur LOFTHOUSE, a 31 year old Electrical Engineer from Paddington, New South Wales. He enlisted on 7 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 9 July 1919

14328 Sapper William Victor Joseph LONGTON, a 20 year old Telegraphist from Yarraville, Victoria. He enlisted on 4 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

 

Captain Charles William Clanan MARR, a 36 year old Wireless Engineer from Homebush, New South Wales. He enlisted on 1 April 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 21 April 1918

14290 Bugler Leonard George MARTIN, an 18 year old Carpenter from Port Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted on 13 October 1915; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14264 Sapper Christopher John MATHEWS, a 19 year old Telegraphist from Redfern, New South Wales. He enlisted on 5 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14278 Driver Jack MAYCOCK, a 38 year old Labourer from Toowoomba, Queensland. He enlisted on 9 October 1915; and subsequently Died of Disease, 20 July 1916

14271 Sapper Allen McDonald MAYGER, a 20 year old Telegraphist from Darlinghurst, New South Wales. He enlisted on 4 April 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 8 March 1917

14329 Driver John Patrick Thomas McAULIFFE, a 19 year old Fitter & Turner from Williamstown, Victoria. He enlisted on 31 January 1916; and subsequently was Discharged in India, 8 December 1917

14268 Sapper Oliver Linden Roy McCANCE, a 25 year old Packer from Chewton, Victoria. He enlisted on 11 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14337 Sapper Percival Albert MESSENGER, a 23 year old Telegraphist from Cheltenham, South Australia. He enlisted on 12 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14272 Sapper Arthur METCALFE, a 25 year old Mechanic from Taree, New South Wales. He enlisted on 20 March 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14263 Sapper John Angus MILLER, a 24 year old Telegraphist from Annandale, New South Wales. He enlisted on 3 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14285 Driver George MORRISON, a 35 year old Labourer from Innisfail, Queensland. He enlisted on 18 December 1915; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14270 Sapper Joseph Allen MULLINS, a 20 year old Telegraphist from Lithgow, New South Wales. He enlisted on 24 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

 

14251 WO1 Albert NEWMAN, a 27 year old Overseer from Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted on 8 February 1916; and subsequently Died of Disease, 7 October 1916

14331 Sapper Cecil Edward Sale NEWTON, a 37 year old Electrician from Elsternwick, Victoria. He enlisted on 5 January 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 16 June 1919

14348 Corporal Maurice Anthony NODIN, a 32 year old Actor from St Kilda, Victoria. He enlisted on 28 September 1915; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 19 December 1918

14275 Shoeing Smith Ellis NOLAN, a 37 year old Blacksmith from Glebe, New South Wales. He enlisted on 3 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

 

14343 Sapper John Martin O'BRIEN, a 23 year old Postal worker from North Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted on 16 December 1915; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 10 January 1919

14253 Sergeant Francis Patrick O'DEA, a 21 year old Wireless operator from Ascot Vale, Victoria. He enlisted on 7 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 15 January 1919

14391 Sapper Patrick James O'MEARA, a 21 year old Rail worker from Hawthorn, Victoria. He enlisted on 6 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

 

14330 Sapper Clifton Robert PERCY, an 18 year old Clerk from Carlton, Victoria. He enlisted on 28 December 1915; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14394 Driver Edward PRITCHARD, a 26 year old Station hand from Moore Park, New South Wales. He enlisted on 30 March 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 22 January 1917

14355 Driver John PYE, a 27 year old Clerk from Collingwood, New South Wales. He enlisted on 29 January 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 13 April 1918

 

14393 Sapper Harold Victor RANDALL, a 23 year old Wireless operator from Ellendale, South Australia. He enlisted on 6 December 1915; and subsequently was Discharged in India, 6 June 1918

14413 Sapper Clifford Lawler RAY, a 22 year old Electrician from Albert Park, Victoria. He enlisted on 2 February 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 28 August 1918

14354 Driver William Lawton REINZ, a 31 year old Telegraphist from Stanley, Tasmania. He enlisted on 29 March 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14359 Sapper Charles Herbert RICHARDSON, a 28 year old Waiter from Sth Yarra, Victoria. He enlisted on 12 January 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 11 July 1917

14349 Driver Harold Colwell RITCHIE, a 19 year old Farmer from Homebush, New South Wales. He enlisted on 1 February 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 5 September 1918

14411 Sapper William John RUTLEDGE, a 21 year old Cabinetmaker from Footscray, Victoria. He enlisted on 5 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14257 Driver Sylvester John RYAN, a 35 year old Farrier from Armidale, New South Wales. He enlisted on 8 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 23 March 1919

 

14260 Sapper Roy Francis Kenny SCOTT, a 27 year old Telegraphist from Yass, New South Wales. He enlisted on 28 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 January 1920

14338 Sapper William Henry SHAW, a 21 year old Wireless operator from Melbourne, Victoria. He enlisted on 13 April 1916; and subsequently was Discharged in Iraq, 25 March 1918

14357 Driver Liniel Edgar Arthur SHIELDS, a 30 year old Linesman from Carlingford, New South Wales. He enlisted on 3 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 23 March 1919

14350 Driver Arthur Clive SILBY, a 22 year old Mechanic from Exeter, South Australia. He enlisted on 12 August 1915; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14346 Shoeing Smith Victor William John SKINNER, a 22 year old Farrier from Camden, South Australia. He enlisted on 8 November 1915; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 16 August 1918

14327 Sergeant Charles Henry Horace SKITTRALL, a 42 year old Engine fitter from Dulwich Hill, New South Wales. He enlisted on 20 March 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 18 October 1917

14333 Sapper Robert Percy SMITH, a 29 year old Telegraphist from Collingwood, Victoria. He enlisted on 6 February 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 23 March 1919

14258 Sapper Stanley SMITH, a 39 year old Telegraphist from Telegraph Pt, New South Wales. He enlisted on 16 February 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 3 March 1917

14269 Sapper Ritchie Isbister STANGER, a 24 year old Civil servant from Bondi, New South Wales. He enlisted on 11 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 23 March 1919

Major Alexander Robert SUTHERLAND, a 43 year old Gentleman from East Malvern, Victoria. He enlisted on 1 December 1915; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 25 April 1917

 

14287 Driver Thomas Henry TARGETT, a 35 year old Electrician from Paddington, New South Wales. He enlisted on 15 February 1915; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 8 March 1917

14321 S/Sgt Ernest Arthur THOMAS, a 31 year old Electrician from Caulfield, Victoria. He enlisted on 14 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 10 January 1919

14326 Corporal Sydney William Stephenson THOMAS, a 35 year old Traveller from Caulfield, Victoria. He enlisted on 7 March 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 28 February 1919

14322 S/Sgt George Laidlow THOMPSON, a 23 year old Electrical Engineer from Moree, New South Wales. He enlisted on 3 April 1916; and subsequently was Discharged in India, 17 December 1917

14340 Sapper Lionel Knox TREZISE, a 23 year old Postmaster from Mt Lawley, Western Australia. He enlisted on 22 March 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

 

14288 Driver Henry WATSON, a 29 year old Blacksmith from Leichhardt, New South Wales. He enlisted on 20 September 1915; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14335 Sapper George Royston Allan WATTS, a 21 year old Postal worker from Ballarat East, Victoria. He enlisted on 21 February 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 8 January 1918

14356 Driver James William WEST, a 29 year old Rail worker from Newtown, Tasmania. He enlisted on 15 May 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 8 January 1918

14412 Sapper Leslie Willis WIDDICOMBE, a 22 year old Clerk from Prahran, Victoria. He enlisted on 6 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14252 S/Sgt James Henry WILKEN, a 22 year old Telegraphist from Kyneton, Victoria. He enlisted on 10 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 31 May 1919

14347 Driver Vernon WILKINSON, a 23 year old Mechanic from Middle Park, Victoria. He enlisted on 27 January 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 11 August 1918

14332 Sapper James Harold WILLIS, a 32 year old Telegraphist from Elsternwick, Victoria. He enlisted on 4 April 1916; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 22 March 1919

14341 Sapper Edward WINTER, a 35 year old Telegraphist from Northcote, Victoria. He enlisted on 3 April 1916; and subsequently Returned to Australia, 27 March 1918

 

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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:

Australian Wireless Squadron

Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Roll of Honour

Light Horse Signal Service, AIF

Light Horse Signal Service, AIF, Roll of Honour

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Australian Wireless Squadron, AIF, Embarkation Roll

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