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Goldfields Battalion of Infantry

This unit was formed on the 7th June 1900 as the Goldfields Battalion of Infantry, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Judd. It consisted of various companies in Kalgoorlie, Coolgardie, Boulder, Kanowna and Menzies. On the 3rd September 1900, as part of the modernisation of the WADF, it was renamed to the 5th (Goldfields) Battalion, Infantry Brigade. When it passed to federal control it was renamed to the Goldfields Regiment which existed for a long time afterwards.

In 1902, 3 companies of the unit: Kalgoorlie, Boulder and Menzies, took part in the Flemming Cup with the following results:

Menzies: 4th Place out of 14

Boulder: 7th Place out of 14

Kalgoorlie: 11th Place out of 14

During the 2nd Boer War, 14 members of the Goldfields Infantry served in South Africa. 8 in the 5th WAMI and 6 in the 6th WAMI. None of them suffered casualties and 1 was mentioned in CO’s despatches. The 14 members consisted of: 1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant, 1 Corporal, 1 Bugler and 10 Privates.

5th WAMI

Name
Rank
Birthplace
Job
Age
Service Notes
Campaign Notes
176. Walter Summerhayes
Bugler
England
Carpenter in Kalgoorlie
30
Previous service in the SA Infantry (3 Years) unknown time in the Kalgoorlie Infantry Company
 
240. Francis A Kiely
Pte
VIC
Stockman in Coolgardie
33
Unknown amount of time in the Coolgardie Infantry
 
284. George Jamieson
Pte
New Zealand
Miner in Kanowna
25
Unknown amount of time in the Goldfields Infantry
 
286. Albert D Thorpe
Pte
SA
Printer in Kanowna
23
Unknown amount of time in the Goldfields Infantry
 
William Frederick Bollinger
 
Bollinger
Commercial Traveller
30
6 Months in the Boulder Rifle Company
 
Harold M Downes
Lt Cpt (Jan 1902)
 
 
 
8 Months in the Goldfields Infantry
 
Jack L Ochiltree
Lt
 
 
 
8 Months in the Goldfields Infantry
Mentioned In C.O. Despatches

6th WAMI

345. Otto Teehow
Pte
VIC
Engine Driver in Perth
22
In the Goldfields Infantry
 
410. Frederick J Kindon
Pte
London
Clerk in Perth
28
Previous Service in the NSW Naval Artillery (2 Years) 9 Months in the Coolgardie Infantry Company, Goldfields Battalion Of Infantry
 
462. John H Pritchard
Pte
VIC
Mill Hand in Kalgoorlie
21
6 Months in the Goldfields Infantry
 
463. Arthur F Whiteside
Cpl
NSW
Station Hand in Kalgoorlie
23
8 Months in the Goldfields Infantry
 
472. John Evans
Pte
VIC
Miner in Kalgoorlie
25
Previous service in the Victorian Infantry (2 Years 6 Months) 8 Months in the Goldfields Infantry
 
478. Charles A Chichester
Pte
England
Clerk in Kalgoorlie
29
7 Months in the Goldfields Infantry
 
158. Cuthbert H Cobb
Pte
VIC
Fireman in Kalgoorlie
30
In the Goldfields Infantry
 

LIST OF OFFICERS

Lieutenant Colonel

Henry A Judd (17/7/00-1/7/03)

Was commanding officer of the 5th (Goldfields) Battalion, Infantry Brigade from 1901-1903. Was commanding officer of the Goldfields Infantry Regiment from 1903-1904. Continued to serve in the unit when it became the Goldfields Infantry Regiment until 1904.  Had previously served as an enlisted in the 2nd Surrey Volunteer Rifles in 1883 and the West Kent Yeomanry from 1884-1891.

Captains

Somerville B Davies

Eugene T Randall (26/5/00-1/7/03)

John M Finnerty (17/7/00-1/7/03)

Continued to serve in the unit when it became the Goldfields Infantry Regiment until 1910 rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Was the commanding officer of the Goldfields Infantry Regiment from 1908-1910. Previously had served as an enlisted in the 4th Warwickshire Volunteer Rifle Corps from 1871 to 1872. Probably was in his 60’s when he retired.

H M Downes (17/7/00-11/12/00)

Saw service in the 2nd Boer War as a Lieutenant in the 5th WAMI later rising to the rank of Captain. He was awarded 1 war medal.

William L Owen (17/7/00-1/7/03)

Cpt Owen
Cpt Owen

Continued to serve in the unit when it became the Goldfields Infantry Regiment until 1905 rising to the rank of Major. Served in the 18th Light Horse Regiment from 1905-1906 as a Major.

James L Johnston (1/8/00-1/11/02)

Lt Col Johnston
Lt Col Johnston

Returned back to the unit in 1903 when it became the Goldfields Infantry Regiment rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Commanded the Goldfields Infantry Regiment In 1912. Commanded the 84th Infantry Regiment from 1912-1914. Commanded the 11th Battalion in the Great War from 1914-1915 and served throughout the war. Returned home and commanded the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Pioneer Regiment from 1918-1920 before retiring. Had served as an enlisted bugler in the 1st Aberdeenshire Rifles from 1877-1881, the Cape Town Rifles as a Sergeant in 1883 and the Calcutta Volunteer Rifles from 1884-1888. He was awarded 3 war medals and 2 long service medals.

William H Moulton (4/9/00-14/1/01)

Stephen R Roberts (4/9/00-1/9/02)

Retired from 1902-1908 before becoming a Captain in the 11th Infantry Regiment. From 1911-1914 he was a major in the 88th Infantry Regiment. Served as the 2IC of the 11th Battalion in the Great War from 1914-1916. Commanded the 11th Battalion in the Great War from 1916-1918. Commanded the 88th Infantry Regiment in 1918.  Returned to the 11th Infantry Regiment in 1918 as a major and commanded the 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Brigade in 1920. He was awarded a DSO, MID and 3 other war medals.

Thomas C Elliot (15/1/01-1/5/03)

Lieutenants

Charles R Davies (5/3/00-1/7/03)

Continued to serve in the unit when it became the Goldfields Infantry Regiment rising to the rank of Major by 1912. From 1912-1915 served as a Major in the 84th Infantry Regiment. From 1915-1916 was 2ic of the 28th Battalion in the Great War. From 1916-1918 was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the 58th Battalion in the Great War. From 1918-1920 served as a Major in the 2nd Pioneer Regiment and then retired. He was awarded an OBE and 2 other war medals.

Edmund P Dowley (4/9/00-1/7/03)

Continued to serve in the unit when it became the Goldfields Infantry Regiment until 1909 rising to the rank of Major.

2nd Lieutenants

C.J. Maroney (1/7/00-1/1/03)

Leonard Munn (1/8/00-22/10/01)

Charles R C Stewart (1/8/00-1/2/02)

Had previously served as an enlisted from 1897-1898.

Henry H Bawden (4/9/00-1/4/01)

John P Stuart (29/10/00-11/6/00)

Frederick J West (29/10/00-21/11/03)z

William J Cotter (17/7/00-8/9/02)

Jack L Ochiltree (17/7/00-11/12/00)

Lieutenant Ochiltree
Lieutenant Ochiltree

Served in the 2nd Boer War with the 5th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He was awarded an MID and 1 war medal.

H.C.F. Scott (17/7/00-1/1/03)

Cottingham J Griffith (10/11/00-11/12/00)

Served in the 2nd Boer War with the 5th WAMI with the rank of Lieutenant. He was awarded 1 war medal.

Sydney Elliot (15/1/01-/1/1/03)

John N Hankin (15/1/01-????)

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