14th Infantry Battalion (VIC) 4th Brigade, 4th Division, AIF

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About This Unit

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AIF Order of Battle [Link to follow]

The 14th Battalion was raised at Broadmeadows camp north of Melbourne in September 1914, its recruits being mainly of Victorian origin. The original battalion left Melbourne on the transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914.

It was one of four battalions in the 4th Brigade (/explore/units/192), commanded by (then) Colonel John Monash (/explore/people/361562), and remained in the 4th Brigade throughout the war. The 4th Brigade was part of the NZA Division commanded by General Godley, under which designation it served at Gallipoli:

In Egypt in March 1916 the AIF was ‘doubled’: the 4th and 5th Divisions were added to the 1st and 2nd Divisions, which already existed. The sixteen battalions which had fought on Gallipoli were each split, with half the personnel in each going to form a ‘pup’ or 'daughter' battalion; the gaps were filled with new recruits from Australia. The 14th Battalion’s ‘pup’ unit was the 46th Battalion (/explore/units/128). Both units, however, were moved into the 4th Division (/explore/units/422). In June 1916 the 14th Battalion sailed to France and spent the remainder of the war there, finishing active operations in September 1918.

After the war, the 14th Battalion became a Militia unit, known as the Prahran Regiment. In September 1942 this unit was merged with the 32nd Battalion to form the 14th/32nd Battalion (/explore/units/1003).

 

Unit History:

  • Wanliss, Newton (1929). The History of the Fourteenth Battalion, AIF: Being the Story of Vicissitudes of an Australian Unit during the Great War. Melbourne: The Arrow Printery. REVIEW (nla.gov.au)

 

Battle / Campaign / Involvement:

 

Reinforcement groups:

  • 1st Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A35 Berrima, 22 December 1914
  • 2nd Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray, 2 February 1915
  • 3rd Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A54 Runic, 19 February 1915
  • 4th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A9 Shropshire, 29 March 1915
  • 5th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A20 Hororata 17 April 1915
  • 6th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A62 Wandilla, 17 June 1915
  • 7th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board RMS Persia, 10 August 1915
  • 8th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board SS Makarini,15 September 1915
  • 9th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A20 Hororata, 27 September 1915
  • 10th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln, 16 October 1915
  • 11th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A71 Nestor, 11 October 1915
  • 12th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A40 Ceramic, 23 November 1915
  • 13th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes, 29 December 1915
  • 14th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A70 Ballarat, 18 February 1916
  • 15th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A68 Anchises, 14 March 1916
  • 16th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A68 Anchises, 14 March 1916
  • 17th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A14 Euripides, 4 April 1916
  • 18th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln, 4 May 1916
  • 19th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A28 Miltiades, 1 August 1916
  • 20th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A15 Port Sydney, 7 September 1916
  • 21st Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A71 Nestor, 2 October 1916
  • 22nd Reinforcement: Left Sydney on board HMAT SS Port Napier, 17 November 1916
  • 23rd Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A7 Medic, 16 December 1916
  • 24th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A70 Ballarat, 19 February 1917
  • 25th Reinforcement: Left Melbourne on board HMAT A71 Nestor, 21 November 1917

 

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