Reginald (Tim) BLACK MC, MID

BLACK, Reginald

Service Number: 578
Enlisted: 4 December 1914
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 6th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Double Bay, New South Wales, Australia, 4 July 1886
Home Town: Chatswood, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: Church of England Grammar School, North Sydney,
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Wounds, Rafa, Palastine, 17 August 1917, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery
Row C, Grave No. 30
Memorials: Bank of New South Wales Roll of Honour Book, Northbridge (Shore) Sydney Church of England Grammar School Memorial Cricket Ground Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Trooper, 578, 6th Light Horse Regiment
21 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, 578, 6th Light Horse Regiment, Third Ypres, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '2' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Suevic embarkation_ship_number: A29 public_note: ''
21 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, 578, 6th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Suevic, Sydney
5 Mar 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 6th Light Horse Regiment
18 Jul 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 6th Light Horse Regiment
2 Oct 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 6th Light Horse Regiment
1 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 6th Light Horse Regiment
16 Aug 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 6th Light Horse Regiment, GSW to chest DoW
17 Aug 1917: Involvement Lieutenant, 6th Light Horse Regiment, Third Ypres, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: awm_unit: 6 Light Horse Regiment awm_rank: Lieutenant awm_died_date: 1917-08-17
11 Oct 1917: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 30169, 6 July 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174, 11 October 1917.
23 May 1918: Honoured Military Cross, 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a night reconnaissance. He was sent with one troop, dismounted, to a point which was connected by telephone to regimental headquarters. After he had been gone two hours he sent word back that a column of the enemy was moving between him and regimental headquarters. The situation was extremely grave, for if the enemy had discovered the presence of our troops, it meant the loss of an advance squadron and this officer's troop. Although the enemy were pressing for two hours, and soon went within fifteen yards of his post, he kept his men under complete control and sent back full information of the enemy movement, which enabled the advance squadron to be recalled. By his extreme coolness and control over his men, and his continued attention to communications, although cut off from all support, this officer without doubt saved a critical situation.'' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gallipoli Association 

Pte Reginald (Tim) Black at Holsworthy Camp, Liverpool, NSW. Enlisted 6th Light Horse. Served in Gallipoli & Maadi. promoted to Lieutenant. Mentioned in Despatches #OTD 1917. DoW Aug 1917. Died in hospital in Rafa, Palestine 19 Aug. Awarded MC for gallantry in action.

From AWM

578 Private (Pte) Reginald (Tim) Black at Holsworthy Camp, Liverpool, New South Wales. Pte Black enlisted in the 6th Light Horse Regiment of the 1st Australian Imperial Force. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 26 February 1916. Lt Black of Sydney was 28 years old when he enlisted on 4 December 1914. After training at Holsworthy Camp in Liverpool NSW, he embarked on HMAT Suevic A29 on 21 December 1914. He joined the 6th Light Horse Regiment and served in Gallipoli from 15 May 1915 and in Maadi in the Middle East from 26 February 1916. He was Mentioned in Despatches on 6 July 1917 before being seriously wounded in the chest in August 1917. He died in hospital in Rafa, Palestine, on 19 August 1917. Lt Black was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in action.