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The Thomas Steane Louch Memoirs
The TS Louch Memoirs are an important part of the narrative of the 1914-1918 war, particularly for Western Australians.
The custodian of the Thomas Steane Louch Memoirs Mr. Peter Davies, nephew of Thomas Louch, has very kindly donated the Louch memoirs to The Western Australian Genealogical Society (WAGS) so that this important document is made available to the public. We are publishing the TS Louch Memoirs here as part of the WAGS 11th Battalion Project.
923 Thomas Steane LOUCH (M.C E.D. Q.C.) joined the 11th Battalion as a private, he was given Corporal stripes within days of joining due to his previous experience as an artillery gunner and corporal in the Garrison Artillery.
The image at left shows Corporal TS Louch amongst his fellow soldiers of the 11th Battalion on 10 Jan 1915 at the Great Pyramid, he is ID# 625 located in Grid J-16.
He had an exemplary career in the A.I.F.; wounded at Gallipoli while serving with the 11th Battalion, he returned to Australia and then joined the 51st Battalion, was mentioned in despatches three times, received a Military Cross and Bar and the Romanian Chevalier of the Order of the Crown.
He was the first Commanding Officer of the 16th Infantry Battalion in 1936, first Commanding Officer of the 2nd 11th Battalion at the commencement of World War 2, served with the 2/11th in North Africa and Greece and was again mentioned in despatches; serving as Commanding Officer of the 29th Brigade (Queensland) he retired from the army in 1943 with the rank of Brigadier.
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25 April 1965 - Perth Anzac parade - Who are they?
We are endeavouring to name the 11th Battalion men shown in this Anzac day photo from the 50th anniversary parade on 25 April 1965.
If you know who they are, please respond to The Western Australian Geneaolical Society (WAGS) 11th Battalion Project by email at:
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Cheops Photo ID# Index
Note: This index table is constantly being updated and may not accurately or fully reflect the latest totals, likewise the grid image (link via the photo below) is also being constantly updated but may not have all of the soldiers showing as they appear in the index below.
Records indicate that 396 men of the 11th Battalion died as a result of the Gallipoli campaign, many others died on the Western Front and many of them will be in the Cheops photo. Photo ID#'s showing in this index in bold green text are identified & confirmed, ID#'s in bold yellow text are identified but not yet confirmed.
The column with the two stars ** denotes a Gallipoli related death
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Nominal Roll - Officers and men of the 11th Bn original enlistments
This is a list of those men who made up the original contingent, embarking Fremantle on the 31st October 1914 on the Ascanius (HMAT A11) and the Medic (HMAT A7), and joining the convoy from Albany as they sailed into history on November 2nd after spending 2 days at anchor in Gage Roads. These are the only men who could appear in the Cheops photo.
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Robert Ford BRYANT – RTA – ID# 194
Always charge sideways – there is less to shoot at!
Calm before the storm
Bryant family legend has it that as a teenager, Robert, or Bob as he preferred to be called, rode his bicycle from Mount Magnet to Perth (a distance of almost 600 kms) to watch a cricket match. There’s a strong possibility that the story is true. Bob was known for his determination, his strength of character and love of sport and physical challenges, traits he constantly exhibited throughout his life.
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INMAN, John William (Jack) - Not in Photo
INMAN, Edwin Stanley - RTA ID# 154
I do hope we will be spared to return to you dear people again
Australia is at war!
It was in August 1914 and with a heavy heart that Caroline Barlow learnt that Australia was at war.
Married at eighteen, she had given birth to thirteen children, eight by her abusive first husband, George Inman and five by her much younger second husband, Lambert Barlow.
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Alvared Roe Cecil CLIFTON - RTA ID# 184
Selfless to a fault
... tall, strong, suave and unperturbed, selfless to a fault, (he) was held in high esteem by his comrades ...
In his memoir of the 1914-1918 war years, George Medcalf described his 11th Battalion friend Alvared Clifton thus
It would appear that Alvared or Alvie as he was known, was not only selfless but completely lacking in affectation. On the attestation paper he completed when enlisting for military service abroad, he wrote but one word ‘labourer’ in answer to question 5 - What is your trade or calling?
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Ernest John MESSENGER - RTA - ID# 380
He lived a full life...
My great grandmother’s brother Ernest was born in South Australia in 1881. He was the second eldest of the eleven children born to George and Jane Messenger. For many years, George had worked as a lumper at the Adelaide docks but when gold was discovered in Western Australia, he decided to try his luck in the Kalgoorlie goldfields. The family relocated to Western Australia in 1898 when Ernest was seventeen and George found work hauling water for the prospectors.