Topic: AIF - 4B - 4 Sig Trp
4th LH Sig Trp, AIF
4th Light Horse Signal Troop
Embarkation Roll, 5th Reinforcement
4th Light Horse Signal Troop, AIF, 5th Reinforcement, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on board HMAT A70 Ballarat 9 September 1915.
The HMAT A70 Ballarat weighed 11,120 tons with an average cruise speed of 14 knots or 25.92 kmph. It was owned by the P & O SN Co, London. The Ballarat was torpedoed by a submarine in the English Channel, 25 April 1917 and sank the next day.
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,
Finding more about a service person.
1596 Sapper Edmund Melvill SPARK, a 19 year old Law Clerk from Tenterfield, New South Wales. He enlisted on 29 June 1915; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 17 March 1919.
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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:4th Light Horse Signal Troop, AIF, Roll of Honour
Citation: 4th Light Horse Signal Troop, AIF, Embarkation Roll, 5th Reinforcement