Following an invitation from Britain to the dominions to form complete flying squadrons for service with the British forces, the first squadron of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) was formed at Point Cook in Victoria on 6 January 1916, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel E.H. Reynolds. With a complement of 28 officers, 195 airmen, but no aircraft and little training, the unit is hardly ready for action, but Reynolds is working to get them up to scratch.
The plan is that the Squadron will go to Egypt but that some pilots will travel to England for further training. GROUP PORTRAIT OF OFFICERS OF NO. 1 SQUADRON AUSTRALIAN FLYING CORPS (AFC). IDENTIFIED PERSONNEL ARE; (BACK ROW) LIEUTENANTS A. L. MACNAUGHTON; C. J. BROOKES; A. D. BADGERY; C. A. KELLY; S. WOODROW; A. E. GEERE. (CENTRE ROW): LIEUTENANT R. ROSS; CAPTAIN W. SHELDON; MAJOR A. A. BROWN; LT. COLONEL E. H. REYNOLDS; CAPTAIN R. WILLIAMS; LIEUTENANT E. G. ROBERTS; R. S. BROWN; S. J. L. TRELOAR. (FRONT ROW) LIEUTENANTS P. H. MEWLAND; W. E. HART; L. J. WACKETT; CAPTAIN D. V. J. BLAKE; CAPTAIN W. H. ANDERSON; LIEUTENANTS F. H. MCNAMARA AND A. MURRAY JONES.