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Austalian Imperial Force 9th Btn

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Chapman John Joseph. Lt.
  • Goddard DSO MID.. Arthur Henry. Brig.Gen.
  • McNamee Edward Michael. Pte.
  • Roberts John Powe. Lt. (d.28th Apr 1918)
  • Small Frederick Trouton. Lt.

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Lt. Frederick Trouton Small 9th Infantry Battalion

Frederick Trouton Small was born on 20 May 1888 in Brisbane, Queensland. An engineer before the war, Small enlisted on 4 September 1914 and was assigned to the 9th Battalion. He embarked with the 3rd Field Company Engineers on 22 September 1914 from Melbourne aboard HMAT Geelong.

He served on the Gallipoli peninsula transferring to the 5 Field Company Engineers and won a recommendation for a French Croix De Gurre. His part in the evacuation of Gallipoli can be read in Volume II of the Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918, The Story of ANZAC from 4 May, 1915, to the evacuation of the Gallipoli Peninsula By Charles Bean. He was discharged from the Australian Imperial Force in 1916 due to illness and returned to Australia on board the HT Nestor.

Frederick Small married Mary Call after the war and they moved to the United States in 1924. They first lived in Maryland where he worked as an Engineer before retiring to Florida. An avid stamp collector, Small was the owner of the world's most expensive stamp which he sold in 1970 for US$280,000. He died on 6 August 1971 in Broward, Florida.

S Flynn




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Pte. Edward Michael McNamee 9th Infantry Battalion

Edward Michael McNamee was born at Orange, New South Wales, in 1888. The 26-year-old labourer enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 18th December 1914 and left Brisbane with reinforcements for the 9th Infantry Battalion aboard HMAT Seang Choon on 13th February 1915.

In May 1915 McNamee joined the battalion on Gallipoli. After serving on the peninsula he was sent to the Western Front in March 1916. In his diary McNamee recorded short daily entries describing his experiences of trench fighting on the front in 1916 and 1917. One such entry concerned the opening stages of Pozières on 22n July 1916, which he called "the great Australian attack in France", and commented on the Australian advance against heavy machine-gun fire.

McNamee continued to serve on the Western Front for the remainder of the war and on two occasions in 1918 was admitted to hospital due to the effects of gas attacks. He returned to Australia in early 1919 and was discharged in March that year.

s flynn




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Brig.Gen. Arthur Henry Goddard DSO MID. 25th Battalion

Henry Arthur Goddard was born in England in 1869 and, immigrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1890. He married Elizabeth Maud Morrow in 1897. Goddard was placed in command of Brisbane defences at the outbreak of war in 1914. He joined Australian Imperial Force as Lieutenant Colonel in 1915 and appointed to command 25 Battalion. He was transferred to 17th Battalion and left Sydney on 12 May 1915 for Egypt. Goddard didn't get to Gallipoli until 2 September due to illness. He served at Quinn's Post and remained there until evacuation on 20 December 1915.

Suffering further sickness he was invalided to Australian in 1916. In July 1916 he embarked again, being appointed commander of 35 Battalion. He arrived in France in November and took part in the battle of Messines and was awarded the DSO. Goddard also served at Broodseinde Ridge and Passchendaele; and repealed an attack at Amiens in April 1918; and Morlancourt. Appointed to command 9th Brigade in May 1918, Goddard, led the Somme offensive until the end of the war, including the battle of Bray-sur-Somme and the attack on the Hindenburg line. Goddard was mentioned in dispatches three times, and after the Armistice the awards of the CMG and the Belgian Croix de Guerre were announced. He returned to Australia in 1920.

s flynn




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Lt. John Joseph Chapman 9th Infantry Battalion

John Joseph Chapman was born at Ballarat, Victoria, in 1889 and was a clerk by trade before joining the Australian Imperial Force. He signed up at Brisbane on 15 September 1914 and was assigned to the 9th Infantry Battalion with the rank of private. Chapman departed Brisbane aboard HMAT Omrah on 24 September 1914.

Whilst serving at Gallipoli in 1915 he was wounded and evacuated to Malta. Chapman later re-joined the 9th Battalion on the Western Front where he was wounded again during 1916. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant on 18 June 1918. Chapman remained in England at the end of the First World War and married Emily Alice Myatt, a furrier, on 6 September 1919. John Chapman was discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 23 May 1920.

s flynn




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Lt. John Powe Roberts 9th Btn. (d.28th Apr 1918)

John Powe Roberts, Lieutenant, served in the 9th Battalion Australian Infantry, Australian Imperial Force and died age 33, between the 25th and 28th April 1918. He is remembered at Jarrow Library and Walkers Ridge Cemetery ANZAC. Sp. Mem.19.

John's application for a Commission CM.Form A.22 dated 14th August 1914, lists earlier service as 12 years in the Durham Light Infantry with the rank of Sergeant and promotion to 2nd Lieutenant on the 1st October 1912 in 11th Infantry OC C Company. His civilian employment is recorded as Sanitary Engineer. He was born on the 18th October 1882 and was 32 at the time of enlistment. His application was approved on the 10th september 1914 and he was posted to D Company 9th AIF. His address is given as Flint Street, North Ipswich with his wife as next of kin at that address.

Vin Mullen






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