GILLEN, John Besley
Temporary Surgeon Lieutenant
Born 31 January 1895 in Alice Springs, NT
Son of F J GILLEN and Amelia nee BESLEY
Joined the Royal Australian Navy on 20 November 1917 as a temporary surgeon lieutenant in the Permanent Naval Forces serving in HMAS Cerebus until March 1918 then the cruiser HMAS Brisbane and later in the Submarine Depot ship HMAS Platypus from 1918 to 1920.
Served on HMAS Brisbane
The cruiser was decommissioned on 04 August 1922 and Gillen transferred to the Emergency List.
“Blood, Sweat and Fears”
Medical Practitioners and Medical Students of South Australia
who served in WW1
PEARCE, Christopher Cyril
Born 12 October 1901 at Glenelg, SA
Son of Henry Charles Wilson PEARCE and Ellen nee WARNER
Resided Hampden Street, Keswick, SA
Occupation prior to enlistment Clerk
Enlisted 25 January 1917
Served on HMAS Tingira, HMAS Brisbane and HMAS Australia
State Records of SA GRG 26/5/4/2462
VENABLES, George Clarence
Service no 2228
Enlisted Melbourne 30 September 1912. Service – High Seas. Posted to HMAS Pioneer 3 August 1914. During this time Pioneer captured the German merchant ships Neumunster and Thuringen off the coast of Western Australia and with HMAS Challenger, destroyed the German cruiser Konigsberg in the Rufigi River, East Africa. Transferred to HMAS Brisbane 7 November 1916. Discharged on 29 October 1919.
Age 23. Born at Buln Buln. Son of Arthur and Julia Venables, Buln Buln. Awarded the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal 1914-1918, and Allied Victory Medal. On the Buln Buln, and Warragul Shire Honour Boards.
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WHITAKER, Reginald Francis Coats
Service no 6075
Stoker 1st Class
Born and educated at Maryborough, Qld.
Son of Charles and Mary Ann WHITAKER
Of Churchill Street, Maryborough, Qld.
Enrolled in Royal Australian Navy 30 March 1917.
Joined the light cruiser 'Brisbane' 29 June 1917.
Drafted to battle cruiser HMAS Australia 01 September 1919
Queenslanders who fought in the Great War