1st Light Horse Brigade Train 1914

1st Light Horse Brigade Train

This recently uncovered photograph was taken in 1914 at what is now known as Gallipoli Barracks. The flag identifying the unit is proudly held above the Officers and NCO’s who were the 1st Light Horse Brigade Train, part of the 5th Australian Army Service Corps, shortly to depart for Egypt and Gallipoli – who were the men pictured, and what was their fate?

Front row: William Rogers, William Stansfield, William Berry, Robert Webster, Harold Maunder.

William Berry, William Stansfield, Robert Webster

William Henry BERRY, DSO. Front row and center is the unmistakable William Berry, a commanding figure, over 6ft tall and sporting a very distinctive moustache. Aged 40, Berry had already served with distinction in the Boer War with his brother, when Australia declared its commitment to England in August 1914. Major Berry led his men at Gallipoli and in France, with noted initiative, and maintained essential supplies to the Division, often under heavy shell-fire, and extreme conditions. He was awarded the DSO and Mentioned in Despatches for his service.

William STANSFIELD, DSO, CMG.  Lieutenant Stansfield, like Berry was an employee of Queensland Railways, and had already served with the Moreton Regiment in 1900. After the Gallipoli campaign, Stansfield was transferred to the Anzac Mounted Division HQ and later as Lieut. Colonel with the Desert Mounted Corps. Stansfield was awarded the DSO, Mentioned in Despatches and appointed C.M.G. for his logistical acumen. A fall from his horse in April 1918 did not deter him, but an attack of Malaria saw him repatriated home in June 1919.

Sir Robert Joseph WEBSTER, CMG, CBE, MC. Educated in Charters Towers, Webster became a telephone mechanic in 1914. Age 23 he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant and accompanied his comrades in the Army Services Corps to Gallipoli and France. His recommendation for the Military Cross describes him as “an example of courage, resourcefulness and devotion to duty”. Webster returned from service in 1918 and made for himself a distinguished career in politics, business, industry and services to education, becoming University NSW Chancellor in 1970.

William Rogers, Harold Maunder

William Isaac ROGERS.  Born in India, Rogers had already served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and the Australian Army Service Corps when he enlisted age 32. As the war came to a close, Captain Rogers who was now O.C. of the AASC Training Depot, at Parkhouse, was grantep permission to be discharged in England, where his wife and aged parents were then residing.

Harold Arthur MAUNDER, DSO, MB, B.Sc. Maunder was a mechanical engineer when he enlisted age 23 and served with distinction in the Gallipoli, Sinai and Palestine campaigns. He was awarded the DSO for services as the C.O. Australian Mounted Divisional Train, & Mentioned in Despatches twice. Lieut. Col. Maunder returned to Brisbane and gained entry to the School of Medicine, University of Sydney. After graduating he practiced in Victoria, before moving to England in 1936.

James Andrews, August Holz, Charles Austin

Second row: James Andrews, August Holz, Charles Austin, Daniel Glasgow, John Montgomery, George Paul, Frederick Kerr.

James Fred ANDREWS. Quarter Master Sergeant Andrews had 12 years prior service with the Army before enlisting, age 42. While in the Middle East he was promoted to Warrant Officer, and when he reached France in June 1916 he was then Lieutenant. Andrews took leave to marry Letitia Allison in January 1919, they returned to Australia, with their infant child in 1920.

August Alfred Joachim HOLZ. A farrier for the Central Fire Station, Brisbane, he served in Gallipoli and France, falling ill with mumps late in 1917. He was given Anzac leave in October 1918 and returned home to Australia by which time hostilities had ceased.

Charles Percival AUSTIN. With 3 years service as a telephonist and the army reserve, Sergeant Austin quickly proved his worth during his service in Gallipoli. Egypt and France. Appointed Warrant Officer in 1915 he was commissioned and rose to the rank of Captain by 1917. Austin was severely injured after accidentally falling 16 feet from a window, and repatriated home in 1918. He died of his injuries at the 17th Australian General Hospital, Enoggera in July 1919.

Daniel Glasgow, John Montgomery, George Paul

Daniel Robert GLASGOW, MC. Sergeant Glasgow, was a serving soldier when he enlisted age 34. He was ‘Mentioned in Despatches’ in 1917 for his “unsparing service”, promoted to Captain, and awarded the Military Cross. Between 1920 and 1939 Glasgow was adjutant of the Army Service Corps, Qld & in 1939 appointed Assistant Director of Supply and Transport. He retired from the army in 1941.

John Francis MONTGOMERY.  Also an employee of the Queensland Railways, with almost 10 years prior service with Army Montgomery would have been a valued member of any Company. He was promoted Company Sergeant Major, in the field in France in 1916 and temporary Warrant Officer in April 1917. He suffered shell concussion after a near miss in 1918 for which he was hospitalised and treated, however soon after he contracted influenza. On the hospital ship returning him home, he deteriorated and died of bronchial pneumonia, and was buried at sea.

George Francis PAUL. Paul was one of three brothers who enlisted, he had seen previous service with the Army Service Corps. He served with his comrades on Gallipoli but on returning to Egypt became ill and later died of Small Pox in April 1916.

Frederick Kerr, Derek Sellars, Thomas Ware MC.

Frederick Harold KERR. Saddler Sergeant Kerr from Paddington, had previously served with the reserve forces. He accompanied the 1st LHBT to Gallipoli and France. He was admitted to hospital in June 1917 with nervous paralysis, which left him unfit for further service and was repatriated home that year.

Back row: Derek Sellars, Thomas Ware, unknown, Leslie Alroe, Denis McKeegan.

Derek Peter SELLARS. Also one of three sons to serve, Sellars was just 19 when he signed up with the AIF. He was quickly promoted and earned his commission as Lieutenant in 1916. Serving in Gallipoli and the Middle East he was promoted to Captain and Supply Officer for the 4th Light Horse Brigade in 1917. At the end of the war, he returned home to Brisbane in 1918.

Thomas Sefton WARE, MC. A clerk with Dalegety’s when he enlisted age 20, Sergeant-major Ware served with his company on Gallipoli, contracting influenza in July 1915. He recovered, to serve in France where he rose to the rank of Captain and was awarded the Military Cross. He returned to Australia in 1919.

Unknown, Leslie Alroe, Denis McKeegan

Leslie Gladstone ALROE. Staff Sergeant Alroe served at Gallipoli and was promoted to Lieutenant in June 1917. He remained in the Middle East where his skills as a supply officer were rewarded by promotion to Captain, and was later Mentioned in Despatches. He returned to Australia in 1919, but died suddenly in 1933 age 44.

Dennis Edward MCKEEGAN. Sergeant McKeegan, a carpenter was promoted to Wheeler Sergeant in September 1914 before embarking for Egypt & Gallipoli, he stayed on in Egypt in 1916 to recover from a bought of influenza. McKeegan served in France and he was given leave in 1918 to return to Australia on transport duty, as submarine guard duty for the voyage. He wasn’t required to return to service.

Further reading:

30698 [Group portrait] Brisbane and Ipswich portrait photographs

Individual portraits sourced from The Queenslander Pictorial, 1914

Marg Powell  |  QANZAC 100 Content Technician  State Library of Queensland