16 March 1916 – Aussies on the way

The first complete Australian flying unit, 1 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, consisting of twenty-eight officers and 195 other ranks-embarked from Port Melbourne in the transport Orsova today on its way to support British forces in Egypt. The squadron is a twelve-aeroplane squadron, with three flights – “A”, “B”, and “C”- each of four machines. That said the squadron has no aeroplanes – and the only equipment it is bringing are two motor-cars and seven motorcycles – all belonging to members of the unit. Aeroplanes will be provided by the RFC in Egypt.

Edgar Hercules Reynolds

In command of the Squadron is Lieutenant-Colonel Edgar Hercules Reynolds. The other headquarters officers are:

Major Alexander Arthur Johnstone Broun
Major Henry Dundas Keith Macartney
Captain William Hopton Anderson
Captain David Valentine Jardine Blake
Lieutenant Rolf Sanger Brown
Lieutenant Charles Ambrose Kelly
Lieutenant Philip Horatio Newland
Lieutenant Sydney Woodrow

‘A’ flight is commanded by Captain William Sheldon and has the following flying officers:

Lieutenant Arthur Edward Geere
Lieutenant Allan Murray Jones
Lieutenant Alexander Leighton Macnaughton
Lieutenant Charles James Brookes

‘B’ flight is commanded by Lieutenant David Thomas William Manwell and has the following flying officers

Lieutenant William Ewart Hart
Lieutenant Eric Glendower Roberts

‘C’ flight is commanded by Captain Richard Williams and has the following flying officers:

Lieutenant Andrew Delfosse Badgery
Lieutenant Frank Hubert McNamara
Lieutenant Roderick Ross
Lieutenant John Linton Treloar
Lieutenant Lawrence James Wackett

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