Richard LINTON

LINTON, Richard

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 4 January 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 57th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brighton, Victoria, 28 May 1891
Home Town: Brighton, Bayside, Victoria
Schooling: Haileybury College
Occupation: Commercial Traveller
Died: Died of shock and exposure (HT Southland torpedoed & sunk), Aegean Sea, Greece, 2 September 1915, aged 24 years
Cemetery: East Mudros Military Cemetery
Plot II, Row K, Grave 190
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Haileybury College HB, Haileybury College HB
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World War 1 Service

4 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, Melbourne, Victoria
1 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, Melbourne, Victoria
16 Mar 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Colonel
24 Mar 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant
10 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 21st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
10 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Colonel, 6th Infantry Brigade Headquarters, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
10 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Colonel, 6th Infantry Brigade Headquarters, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
10 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 21st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
26 Aug 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 21st Infantry Battalion
29 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 21st Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
2 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Colonel, 6th Infantry Brigade Headquarters, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
23 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 57th Infantry Battalion
14 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 57th Infantry Battalion
22 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, 57th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Father of Capt. Richard Linton (/explore/people/797739) who returned from active service in 1919

Colonel Richard LINTON

Commander 6th Infantry Brigade, March 1915 – September 1915

Born 3rd November 1861, Dalton Dumfriesshire, Scotland; died with the torpedoing of the Southland, Aegean Sea, 2nd September 1915

Born in Scotland, Linton moved to Australia and lived in Middle Brighton, Victoria. Linton first took a commission on 13th June 1899 into Victorian Scottish Regiment, rising through the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel in 1908. He then became Colonel and commander of 18th Infantry Brigade in July 1913.

His appointment to the AIF was on 16th March 1915 as Colonel 6th Infantry Brigade, and on 8th May embarked with the 6th Infantry Brigade Headquarters for the war. On 2nd September 1915 Linton was on board the transport ship Southland taking troops from Egypt to Gallipoli when she was torpedoed by a German submarine about 30 miles off Lemnos near the island of Agios Efstratios. Lifeboats were lowered into  the water but the one that contained Linton capsized. According to eye-witness reports he refused to go into the rescue boat until all the other men had been rescued, but spending over two hours in the cold water took its toll, and he died soon after of shock and exposure.

Colonel Linton was later buried with full military honours in East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos photograph above shows Colonel Linton’s cross in the foreground.

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Son of Col. Richard Linton (/explore/people/200865) who died of shock and exposure when the Southland was torpedoed and sunk on 02 Sep 1915

"...Lieutenant Richard Linton, 21st battalion of Brighton, Victoria. Linton embarked on 10 May 1915 on HMAT Ulysses..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)