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Wednesday, 06 January 2021 03:05

The Tasmanians made many sacrifices. Most of the Tasmanian contingent were part of the 12th Battallion, one of the first groups to land at Gallipoli.

"The 12th Battalion was among the first infantry units raised for the AIF during the First World War. Half of the battalion was recruited in Tasmania, a quarter was recruited in South Australia, and a quarter from Western Australia. With the 9th, 10th and 11th Battalions it formed the 3rd Brigade.
The battalion was raised within three weeks of the declaration of war in August 1914 and embarked just two months later.

After a brief stop in Albany, Western Australia, the battalion proceeded to Egypt, arriving in early December. The 3rd Brigade was the covering force for the ANZAC landing on 25 April 1915 and so was the first ashore at around 4:30 am. Lieutenant Colonel L. F. Clarke, commander of the 12th Battalion, was killed by a sniper within hours of the landing.

The battalion was heavily involved in establishing and defending the front line of the ANZAC position, and in August contributed two companies to the attack on Lone Pine. It was the only battalion in the brigade to do so. The 12th served at ANZAC until the evacuation in December."

 

Eugene William McQuaid - (St George BAFC)
Service number: 66
Rank: Corporal
Roll title: 12 Infantry Battalion (October 1914)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
Place of embarkation: Hobart
Ship embarked on: HMAT Geelong
Ship number: A2
Algernon Atherton Almond - (St George BAFC)
Service number: 65
Rank: Corporal
Roll title: 12 Infantry Battalion (October 1914)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
Place of embarkation: Hobart
Ship embarked on: HMAT Geelong
Ship number: A2
Raymond Thomas Fagg - (Lindisfarne BAFC)
Service number: 1208
Rank: Private
Roll title: 12 Infantry Battalion - 1 to 8 Reinforcements (December 1914 - September 1915)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 22 December 1914
Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Ship embarked on: HMAT Themistocles
Ship number: A32
Stanley George Trinder - (Elphin BAFC)
Service number: 945
Rank: Saddler Corporal
Roll title: [1] Divisional Train (1 to 4 Companies ASC [Army Service Corps]) (October 1914)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Place of embarkation: Melbourne
Ship embarked on: HMAT Geelong
Ship number: A2
Roy James Blackberry - (Elphin BAFC)
Service number: 1950
Rank: Gunner
Roll title: 3 FAB [Field Artillery Brigade] (September 1914)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
Place of embarkation: Hobart
Ship embarked on: HMAT Geelong
Ship number: A2
Frank Roden Miller - (Elphin BAFC)
Service number: 269
Rank: Private
Roll title: 12 Infantry Battalion (October 1914)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
Place of embarkation: Hobart
Ship embarked on: HMAT Geelong
Ship number: A2
Arthur Dallas Lawlor Harrington - (West Tamar BAFC)
Service number: 238
Rank: Private
Roll title: 12 Infantry Battalion (October 1914)
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
Place of embarkation: Hobart
Ship embarked on: HMAT Geelong
Ship number: A2

 

Enlisted Tasmania players:
Corinthinans BAFC D Sutherland, F Dickinson, Connell, F Powell, Alan Pitt, Woodberry, R Richard, R Todd, Grubb, Perry.
South Hobart BAFC L Honeysett, W Swinton, C Plummer, H Nicholas, Sheridan, and S Dobson
St George BAFC Algy Almond, E W McQuaid, W H Benson, WG Lake, J Bon, BS Jones.
Hobart BAFC WJ Kelly, RS Williams, EG Ludwig, AR Kirby, WL Cook,
Koonya BAFC JD Lacey (hon sec)
Elphin BAFC G Harris, R Blackberry, O Hart, S Trinder, F Powell, SV Ballinger, SG Clark, F Roden, E Shannan
Wanderers BAFC – SL Ray, W Wells
West Tamar BAFC AD Harrington, R Harrington, EH Olley, JB Johnson, Roy Vincent
North Esk BAFC W Townsend, J Dewar, A Buchanan
Tamar BAFC M Eccles, HG McLean