Topic: AIF - 1B - 1 Sig Trp
1st LH Sig Trp, AIF
1st Light Horse Signal Troop
Embarkation Roll, 8th Reinforcement
1st Light Horse Signal Troop, AIF, 8th Reinforcement, embarked from Melbourne, Victoria on board SS Makarini on 10 September 1915.
The SS Makarini weighed 10,624 tons with an average cruise speed of 13 knots or 24.07 kmph. It was owned by G.D.Tyser & Co, London. Accommodation for 750-steerage class passengers. Built by Workman, Clark & Co, Belfast, she was launched on 3rd Feb.1912. In 1914 Tyser's was taken over by the Commonwealth & Dominion Line (Port Line) and she was renamed SS Port Nicholson. Mined and sunk 15 miles West of Dunkirk 15 January1917. [Great Passenger Ships of the World by Arnold Kludas, vol.1, ISBN 0-85059-174-0, which contains a photo of the ship] [Merchant Fleets by Duncan Haws, vol.21, Port Line]
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.
1376 Sapper Thomas Alfred Stanley PICKFORD, a 21 year old Patternmaker from Malvern, Victoria. He enlisted on 9 September 1915; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 5 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.
Citation: 1st Light Horse Signal Troop, AIF, Embarkation Roll, 8th Reinforcement