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 Post subject: ANZAC Landing Question
PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:29 pm 
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My great grandfather was in the 6th Battalion, 2nd Brigade during the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli. He travelled on the Hororata. He was acting as Signal Sergeant of the battalion during the landing. Can anyone please tell me what the role of a Signal Sergeant would have been during the landing?
Thank you, Bek


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 Post subject: Re: ANZAC Landing Question
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:19 am 
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He would have led about 16 soldiers - a corporal and 15 privates - maintaining communications between Battalion HQ and the battalion's four Infantry companies.

Communication methods would have been telephone (possible at Anzac, but not in mobile operations in WW1), morse code semaphore (flag signals), heliograph (mirrors+ sunlight), runners and perhaps lamps. Telephone lines are susceptible to artillery fire, so repairing them would have been a vital and never-ending task.

As well as maintaining the actual comms network and equipment, he would have been responsible for ensuring all signallers followed SOPs wrt recording, logging and passing on all signals appropriately. He would also have worked with Brigade signallers stationed at Bn HQ to maintain good communications between 6th Bn and 2nd Bde HQ.

A few links of interest:

http://www.1914-1918.net/whatbatt.htm
http://www.anzacsite.gov.au/1landing/s_signallers.html
http://www.1914-1918.net/whatfieldcoy.htm


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 Post subject: Re: ANZAC Landing Question
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Thank you so much!! I was unable to find much information about Signal Sergeants on the Australian War Memorial site and Google wasn't much help either.

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Bek


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