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19th Btln


Keen to know if copies of btln or unit diaries are available and if so where from.
Would also like to know the size of the btln and how it would have been organised i.e how many officers, sgnt's, privates

My gt grandfather served with them under an assumed name but there isn't as much info available to me as I'm a Pom.

Any information or tips gladly received

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There is no published unit history of the 19th Btn yet. Maybe someone is working on it. There is a gentleman in Cowra who could be doing the 19th. An AIF battalion (rounded off) had around 1000 men, and was led by a Lieutenant Colonel. Each battalion had four companies, A, B, C and D, which consisted of up to 250 men. A company was led by a captain or major (2IC of the Btn). Therte were four platoons in a company, each under the command of a Lieutenant, assisted by 1 or 2 second lieutenant &/or sergeants. There were four (and later) three sections in each platoon. A section was led by a corproal or lance corporal.
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Wondered if you'd know how I could find what company my man was in. He served as 230 Sgt Alexander Gale thought his real surname was Boret.
I do have his service record (your National Archives are fantastic).
Thanks again (and for the help with Ceramic)

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It is rare to be able to find out in which Company someone was in. If you can find no clue on his service record, then that is about it. Soldiers often recorded their Company in their pocket book, bible or diary, but if you don't have those then you are unlikley to find out. Look very closely at the service record just in case there is a clue somewhere.
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Angela,

Since the man had such a low number you can check the AIF embarkation roll for the 19th Bn.

All Originals were embarked in companies and they are shown with those companies.

Becarefull as those early Bn's started with eight companies instead of four. This was changed in Egypt. But I don't know if the 19th Bn was embarked with eight or four?

You can now find the AIF Embark rolls of the AWM webb site.

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My grandfather also served in the 19th Battalion, joining as 5410 Pte [sign in to see URL]. Voller, 14th reinforcements, in 1916. I have his letters written home to his lady friend(later his wife and my grandmother), his paybook and notes he made when training to be a sniper. His 1st battle was 2nd Bullecourt. He made it home, after being posted to the 3rd Battalion after the disbandment of the 19th.
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