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1st Field Company
Australian Engineers

Major Headquarters

Locations

Dates

Home Service

  Company raised in New South Wales. Enrolled in Sydney and into camp at the Royal Agricultural Society Grounds.

Aug 1914

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Sailed from Sydney on board the Afric.

18 Oct 1914

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Assembled in convoy in King George’s Sound.

26 Oct 1914

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Departed King George’s Sound

1 Nov 1914

Middle East and Egypt

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Arrived at Aden via
Columbo, Ceylon

25 Nov 1914

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Suez Canal

5 Dec 1914

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Mena Camp, Egypt

15 Dec 1914

Gallipoli

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Lemnos

4 Mar 1915

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Anzac

25 Apr - 30 Jun 1915

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Landing at Anzac

25-26 Apr 1915

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Defence of Anzac

19-21 May 1915

 

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Mining and countermining operations opposite German Officer’s Trench

Jun 1915

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Sulva

6-21 Aug 1915

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Landing at Sulva

6-15 Aug 1915

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Sari Bair

6-10 Aug 1915

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Scimitar Hill

21 Aug 1915

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Relieved of front line duties

13 Sep 1915

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Half company to rest camp at Mudros. Remainder of company working on fortifications and trenches.

17 Sep 1915

Egypt

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Suez Canal Defences

January 1916

France and Flanders

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Pozieres

23 Jul - 3 Sep 1916

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Bullecourt

3-17 May 1917

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Menin Road

20-25 Sep 1917

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Polygon Wood

26 Sep - 3 Oct 1917

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Broodseinde

4 Oct 1917

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Poelcappelle

7 Oct 1917

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Passchendaele

12 Oct 1917

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Passchendaele

26 Oct - 10 Nov 1917

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Hazebrouck

12-15 Apr 1918

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Amiens

8-11 Aug 1918

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Albert

21-23 Aug 1918

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Epehy

18 Sep 1918

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Pursuit to Mons

28 Sep - 11 Nov 1918

OFFICERS:

Original officers of the company (1914)

First Reinforcement

2nd Lieutenant Henry Bachtold, D.S.O., M.C. Later Lieutenant Colonel. Commander, 14th Field Company, 1915-1916. C.R.E., 3rd Division, 1918. Civil Engineer in Sydney. Born: 22-8-1891 at Stanningley, Yorkshire, England.

Other Company Officers

Captain R.C. Herbertson. Mining Engineer of Brisbane and Mount Morgan, Queensland. Born: 7-4-1882 at Clunes, Victoria. Killed in action: 23-7-1916.

SOURCES:

1. Battle Honours of the Royal Engineers. The Royal Engineers Journal. The Institution of Royal Engineers, Chatham, Kent, 1925-1932.

2. Mc NICOLL, R.R. The Royal Australian Engineers, 1902-1919: Making and Breaking. Corps Committee of the Royal Australian Engineers, Canberra, 1979.