Eric Thacker RIDDELL

Badge Number: S26949, Sub Branch: Tea Tree Gully
S26949

RIDDELL, Eric Thacker

Service Numbers: 2146, S69730
Enlisted: 13 December 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd (SA) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
Born: Brompton, South Australia, 9 January 1894
Home Town: West Croydon, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Memorials: Aldgate War Memorial, Bridgewater Honour Roll, Port Pirie Fathers of Sailors and Soldiers Association Port Pirie District Roll of Honor WW1
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World War 1 Service

13 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2146, Adelaide, South Australia
16 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2146, 9th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Anchises, Adelaide
16 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2146, 9th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2146, 1st Divisional Signal Company
10 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sapper, 2146, 1st Divisional Signal Company

World War 2 Service

5 Apr 1942: Involvement Private, S69730, 2nd (SA) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
5 Apr 1942: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, S69730
5 Apr 1942: Enlisted Private, S69730, Volunteer Defence Corps (SA), Adelaide, South Australia
5 Apr 1942: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
21 Oct 1944: Discharged Private, S69730, 2nd (SA) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
21 Oct 1944: Discharged

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Biography

Born 9 January 1894 in Brompton Park, South Australia
(SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 535 Page: 102 District: Hin.)

Father Henry RIDDELL and Mother Mrs Millicent Hannah Riddell (nee Thacker),
living at Bridgewater, South Australia (later moved to Henry Street, Croydon Park, SA.)

Siblings:
Brother Henry Arthur Kidner RIDDELL
              (b. 27/2/1891 Hindmarsh, SA - d. ____)

Brother  John Edward RIDDELL
              (b. 31/12/1895 Hindmarsh, SA - d. 20/5/1987 91 years old)
              cremated in West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, SA

Sister    Marcelline Kate RIDDELL
              
(b. 4/6/1897 Hindmarsh, SA - d. ____)

Sister    Millicent Gertrude RIDDELL
              (b. 2/7/1899 Hindmarsh, SA - d. ____)

Next of kin in service:
Brother  4357 Private John Edward RIDDELL
               25/9/1916  2nd enlistment in Adelaide, SA
               7/11/1916  2nd embarkation on board HMAT A19 Afric
               1/4/1919    returned to Australia on board HT Shropshire
                                as a Private in the 6th Australian Depot Unit of Supply (ADUS)

Previous service:
12 months Senior Cadets
3 years 74th Infantry Battalion (still serving on enlistment)

Eric was described on enlisting as 21 years 11 months old; single; 5' 9 1/4" tall; medium
complexion; hazel eyes; light brown hair; Methodist.

13/12/1915       enlisted in Adelaide, South Australia

13/12/1915       Commanding Officer appointed Eric to B Company, 2nd Depot Battalion
                        Adelaide

16/3/1916         embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide, on board HMAT Anchises A68
                        as a Private in the 15th reinforcements, 9th Light Horse Regiment

15/4/1916         reported for duty at Tel-el-Kebir

21/7/1916         transferred to 1st Field Squadron, Anzac Mounted Division (AMD), Tel-el-Kebir

22/7/1916         taken on strength Anzac Mounted Division (AMD) Signallers,
                        ex 9th Light Horse Regiment, Romani

14/1/1917         transferred to 1st Signal Squadron AMD

22/6/1917         Sapper marched in to Australian Depot Stores Unit - Ghegireh

30/7/1917         to unit in the field

1/8/1917           marched in from Australian Depot Stores - Cairo

30/12/1917        to Base Signals, Alexandria

16/2/1918          to 1st Signal Squad
17/2/1918          joined 1st Signal Squad

11/8/1918          to Rest Camp, Port Said
1/9/1918            marched in to Rest Camp, Moascar, Port Said
9/9/1918            rejoined 1st Signal Squadron, in the field

25/10/1918        to hospital

11/11/1918        Sapper in 1st Field Squadron, Engineers
12/12/1918        marched in to Signal Training Unit
28/1/1919          rejoined unit

5/3/1919            marched out to Moascar, to await embarkation to England, UK
27/3/1919          embarked for England on board HT Malwa

11/4/1919          taken on strength ex Egypt

12/4-12/5/1919  granted leave

12/5/1919          reported to

12/6/1919          returned to Australia on board Port Darwin, ex England

17/6/1919          admitted to ships hospital at sea
10/7/1919          admitted with Malaria
29/7/1919          disembarked into Adelaide, SA

10/10/1919        discharged from service in AIF WWI

Medals:
British War medal (11962) and Victory medal (11834)

 

Service No. S69730 - WWII

5/4/1942            enlisted into WWII at Hope Valley, SA  (later signed up in Adelaide, SA)

***service records need to be ordered through National Archives of Australia
     as they have yet to be scanned for viewing.***

21/10/1944         discharged from service in AIF WWII
                          as a Private in 2nd Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps

 

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  2/6/2015.  Lest we forget.

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Biography

***SEE RECORDS - WWI -  2146 - Eric Thacker RIDDELL. ***

 

Service No. S69730 - WWII

5/4/1942            enlisted into WWII at Hope Valley, SA  (later signed up in Adelaide, SA)

***service records need to be ordered through National Archives of Australia
     as they have yet to be scanned for viewing.***

21/10/1944         discharged from service in AIF WWII
                          as a Private in 2nd Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps

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